Taraji P. Henson hasn’t worked as an actor in almost a year. Best known for portraying Cookie Lyon on Empire—for which she’s won a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award, and four NAACP Image Awards—Taraji P Henson, 50, has also starred in movies like What Men Want, Hidden Figures, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

But the pandemic has meant taking time off. The upside to not being on set has been learning how to live a quieter life: “I don’t know how to sit down, I don’t know how to not work. This was the only thing that was going to…give me this time I needed.” Still, she hasn’t stopped working entirely.

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At the beginning of last year, she launched a hair-care line, TPH by Taraji, based on scalp-relief remedies she used to make herself. She continues to work on expanding the line from the private beauty…

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