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'Proud Mary' Star Taraji P. Henson Says Relationship with Kelvin Hayden Is 'Very Serious'

'Proud Mary' Star Taraji P. Henson Says Relationship with Kelvin Hayden Is 'Very Serious'

Taraji P. Henson is dishing on her love life and her new movie, “Proud Mary”!

The actress recently confirmed on Essence’s "Yes, Girl!" podcast that she's been dating former footballer Kelvin Hayden for two years. While it was news to fans, it wasn’t news to “Extra’s” AJ Calloway, who already knew the two were together.

Taraji told AJ that she finally decided to tell the rest of the world because the relationship is “very serious.”

Now, Henson is taking it to the big screen… playing a hard-hitting hitwoman in “Proud Mary.”

She told AJ she did many of her own stunts, and explained why she was so excited about the role. “I just think the timing was impeccable. This movie was just spot on. When was the last time, if ever, you've seen an African-American woman leading a role like this?”

Taraji went on to say, “How about the most important part… my age? We can rattle off men who are 40 and over who get roles like this every year, they have franchises. Why not women? All my female friends in the industry are in tip-top shape, and I'm pretty sure they can kick ass, so why don't we see more films like this? Hopefully, this film will kick down that door.”

When AJ asked if there was any weapons training involved, she said, “I’m really good with weapons… shooting a gun is something I like to do in my spare time. I like to go to the shooting range.

Henson insisted it was tough shooting at co-star Danny Glover in the film. “It's Danny Glover! But I was like pop, pop, pop! I'm sorry Danny, they're paying me to do it.”

“Proud Mary” hits theaters Jan. 12.