Taraji P. Henson Reveals She's 'Seriously Considering' Moving Abroad: 'You Get Tired of Fighting'
Taraji P. Henson attends the Fourth Annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television Presented by the Critics Choice Association at Fairmont Century Plaza on December 6, 2021
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Taraji P. Henson might add "Expat" to her long list of titles.
As she prepares to return as host of the BET Awards on Sunday, the actress - who also lends her voice to new animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru - tells PEOPLE she may be saying goodbye to America soon.
"I'm really thinking about getting up here, going and living in another country," she says on the PEOPLE Every Day podcast when asked how she's coping with America's difficult political and social climate. "That's something that comes with 50, you get tired of fighting. I am tired."
What drained the star, she notes, is the "pressure to be black" and the ongoing fight for justice and peace in America. "I just don't want to have to do another hashtag... I've fought, I've sung, I've marched. I am tired."
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Henson, 51, imagines life in her overseas retreat to be much easier. "I want to go where there is neutral ground," she says. "I just want to be. And be happy. I want to be called 'Bella' every day, drink wine, and smack flies on the porch. Stress-free."
It's an ideal situation that she's earned at this stage in her life and career, she says.
"Something happens when you turn 50 where all your f---s are behind you. I've achieved a lot and I'm going to do what I want to do." She adds, "I'm at the point now where I can say, 'I'm quitting, I'm going to travel around the world.' . It's so liberating.”
Despite this, she still has a few career goals. "I've always wanted to play a villain," says Henson, who voices the sinister Belle Bottom in Minions: The Rise for Gru, which hits theaters July 1. "I still want to play an actual villain like a Marvel character, but I'm happy to be Belle Bottom. She's jazzy and has a big afro."
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Though she's yet to submit her US passport, Henson says she's looking forward to a girl's overseas trip following her BET hosting duties.
"Me and Mary [J. Blige] have been trying to do this trip for so long, but our schedules just keep getting crazier. I just told her, 'Look, enough is enough, I need a vacation!'"
To learn more about Taraji P. Henson's busy life and future plans, grab this week's edition of PEOPLE on Friday newsstands and tune in to her interview on the PEOPLE Every Day podcast, wherever you listen to podcasts.
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