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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Taraji P. Henson On the Math of Hidden Figures and Trying to Keep Her Cool Around the Obamas | The Mary Sue

Photo: Charline Jao
"Hidden Figures made a huge splash this year as a movie that paid due to the real-life women who worked for NASA in the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center in the 1960s, pushing forward the message that STEM is, and has always been, an area for women of color–no matter how much men have historically tried to erase and keep them out." inform

Taraji P. Henson on Her Math Skills and Meeting the Obamas

Taraji talks about the complicated math she had to learn for her new film Hidden Figures and the screening that the Obamas had of the movie at The White House.

In the film, Taraji P. Henson plays mathematics genius Katherine Johnson, who Henson considers to be a personal hero. The intense memorization the role called for, she says in this clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live, was essentially choreography with the supervision of a mathematician. We can see how Henson really nailed the math in the opening scene. I’m reminded a bit of Rami Malek talking about how he had to take typing lessons for Mr. Robot.

Source: The Mary Sue and Jimmy Kimmel Live Channel (YouTube)