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Taraji P. Henson paid own hotel bill while filming Benjamin Button

Taraji P. Henson had to foot her own hotel bill for three months during the filming of box office hit The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
The Empire star reveals details of the Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett movie in her new autobiography, Around the Way Girl, which sheds light on her struggles to make it in Hollywood and the challenges she has faced.
In an excerpt, published in USA Today, the 46-year-old explained she received “the equivalent of sofa change” compared to the salaries of her A-list co-stars. And along with her underwhelming paycheck which was close to “the lowest of six figures”, according to USA Today, the actress claims she also had to foot her own hotel bill for three months during filming.
The estimated budget for the movie, which was directed by The Social Network’s David Fincher, was $150 million (£122 million).
The single mother turned in a career best performance as the matron of a retirement home in New Orleans who raises an unusual orphan (Pitt) rejected by his father as her own child.
“When I did that, my performance of Queenie became transformed into a spiritual awakening, not just for me but also the audiences who watched the film and cheered my performance,” she writes. Taraji was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award in the best supporting actress category for the 2008 movie.
After being spotted in film Hustle & Flow, Taraji was called in to audition by the casting director for Benjamin Button, and she was the only actress called.
“It was the biggest role of my life,” she adds, “and the easiest to get.”
Taraji lost the Oscar to Penelope Cruz for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
The actress will next be seen in indie movie Hidden Figures as Katherine Johnson, a real-life African-American mathematician who worked for NASA and played a key role in the success of the Mercury and Apollo space missions.
Johnson is credited with calculating the trajectories for Project Mercury and for the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Alongside her colleagues Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), Johnson helped to advance the study of computer science.

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