‘You get tired of fighting’

Taraji P. Henson attends the fourth annual Black Cinema & amp;  Television, presented by the Critics Choice Association at Fairmont Century Plaza on December 6, 2021.

Taraji P. Henson attends the Fourth Annual Black Cinema and Television Celebration, presented by the Critics Choice Association at Fairmont Century Plaza on December 6, 2021.

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Taraji P. Henson perhaps adding an ‘expat’ to his long list of titles.

As she prepares to return as host of the BET Awards on Sunday, the actress – who is also lending her voice to a new animated film Minions: Rise of Gru – she tells PEOPLE that she could soon say goodbye to America.

“I’m really thinking of leaving here, leaving and living in another country,” she says PEOPLE every day podcast when asked how he copes with the difficult political and social climate in America. “It’s something that comes with 50, you get tired of fighting. I’m tired.”

As for what has exhausted the star, she notes the “pressure of blacks” and the ongoing struggle for justice and peace in America. “I just don’t want to have to make another hashtag … I fought, chanted, marched. I’m tired.”

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Henson, 51, imagines life in his foreign sanctuary much simpler. “I want to go where the ground is neutral,” she says. “I just want to be. And to be happy. I want to be called ‘Bella’ every day, drinking wine and hitting flies on the porch. No stress.”

It is an ideal situation that she says she earned at this stage of her life and career.

“There’s something that happens when you turn 50, where all your fucks are behind you. I’ve achieved a lot and I’m going to do what I want.” She adds, “Now is the moment when if I say, ‘I’m quitting, I’m going to travel the world,’ I can. It’s so liberating.”

Still, she still has several career goals. “I’ve always wanted to play the villain,” says Henson, who voices the sinister Belle Bottom in the film. Minions: Climb for Gruwhich arrives in cinemas on July 1. “I still want to play a real-life villain like a Marvel character, but I’m lucky to be Belle Bottom. She’s jazzy and has a big afro.”

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Although she has not yet handed in her American passport, Henson says that she is looking forward to a girl’s trip abroad after her obligations as the host of BET.

“I and Mary [J. Blige] We have been trying to go on this trip for so long, but our schedules are getting crazy. I just told her ‘Look, that’s enough, I need a break!’

For more on Taraja P. Henson’s busy life and future plans, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE at newsstands on Friday and listen to her interview on PEOPLE every day podcast, wherever you listen to podcasts.

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