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Abbott Elementary Guest Star Taraji P. Henson On Landing Her Role And Why She Feels A Personal Connection To The Show

Much of the Internet exploded with excitement upon hearing that Empire’s Taraji P. Henson is going to guest star as Janine Teagues’ mom on the hit ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary. It goes without saying that the Oscar nominee’s appearance will be a huge feather in the show’s cap. Henson has shown her incredible acting range over the years, and she’s bound to put in a memorable performance. Since the news broke, Henson has spoken about landing her guest role and also opened up about the personal connection she feels to the sitcom.

The What Men Want star discussed her guest spot on the Emmy-winning comedy while promoting multiple projects, including her haircare line, on The View. Taraji P. Henson couldn’t hide her excitement over playing Janine’s mother, Vanetta. The TV and film star admitted that like many of us, she’s a huge fan of the sitcom and, as a result, she partially landed her role in a very direct way:

I love it. I was a fan. Actually, I requested to be on the show. Quinta and I were competing on Jimmy Fallon’s That’s My Jam, and I was singing her praises. I was telling her how proud of her I was, And I was like, ‘Girl, you know, any time you need me, call me.’ And she called! I was like, ‘Absolutely, I’ll do it.’