Taraji P. Henson Is A ‘Person of Interest’

Taraji P. Henson in 'Person of Interest'

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Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson is the leading lady of the new CBS cop drama, Person of Interest.

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Henson plays Detective Carter, a sharp cop who did two tours of duty in Iraq and now works in New York City and has her eye on one person of interest: an ex-CIA officer played by Jim Caviezel.

During a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, the ‘Benjamin Buttons’ actress was asked if she had done any research to get into the mindset of a female Iraq war veteran turned NYPD officer. Person of Interest

Absolutely, more particularly paying attention to women because when a person goes to war and you’re staring death in the face everyday like that, it does something to you mentally. I was more interested in what it does to women. The stories I read were just so alarming, how women soldiers, particularly in this war now – Iraq and Afghanistan are a different kind of war – what they are going through as far as being raped by their own soldiers. They’re not even having to just fight the enemy, but the people of the country they’re serving and protecting are turning on them in the unit. These women are coming back with these mental issues and these mental scars, physical scars too. It just does something to you. I know it does something to men, my father was a Vietnam Vet, and he came back and had to get a lot of mental help. But when you talk about sending your mother, it’s something different for women. It’s a different situation because you’re more vulnerable, not to just the enemy but even within your own family so to speak,” responded Henson.

Person of Interest season premier airs Thursday, Sept 22 at 9pm ET on CBS. Check your local listings.

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