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Taraji P Henson Opens Up About Her Dream Wedding

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As unfeminist as it sounds, every little girl dreams of the day she'll be swept off her feet by her prince charming and have the fairytale wedding of their dreams. For Taraji P. Henson, that fairytale just might happen at the family cookout.


Taraji and her NFL bae Kelvin Hayden recently got engaged after the most adorably planned engagement, and the actress says that she's still on cloud 9.

"I go back there and I go, '[Their friend] Ronald's not into violins, what's going on here?' And as I'm putting the dots together, I turn around, he's on his knee and then the river of tears started and my lashes ended up on the floor."

The proposal came after two years of dating, which Taraji was determined to keep under wraps until she could be sure that the relationship was serious. Now, it's clear that she can't help but gush about her six-pack piece of chocolate.

In Taraji's upcoming movie What Men Want, she plays a sports agent trying to make her mark in a male dominated industry, and gets her wish when she gains the ability to hear the thoughts of her male counterparts. We sat down with Taraji to talk about her lead role in the new film, and when asked what she thought Kelvin's first thoughts were when meeting her, she had this to say:

"When he saw me, I remember that moment actually. And I asked him about it, I said because to me, it felt like the red sea parted and a light came down. He said it felt sort of like that too. It's like you know when the chemistry is there, you just know. It's either there or it's not."

To have a wedding, first you have to plan it, but according to Bridezillas and WeTV, that's easier said than done. Taraji told PageSix that even the first few days of coordinating a wedding can be overwhelming.

"People are hitting me up. It's starting to get overwhelming and we're thinking, we're talking a year from now, and I know how fast that's going to go, so it's a lot. I'm trying to just enjoy being blissfully engaged for a minute."

Although she's taking the chill route to planning so far, Taraji says that if she had it her way, the fairy godmother herself would headline the wedding of her dreams.

"I mean if you talking about somebody singing at the wedding of course Whitney [Houston]. I guess 'Ribbon in the Sky.' I know that's cliche, but my cousin, when I was little, got married and she had a fairy tale wedding and they sang that and I've just been obsessed with that."

In What Men Want, Taraji is in a wedding scene that she said made her even more anxious about planning her own, and helped her realize what she really wants for her big day. She said that she wants a small wedding that includes her big family and a whole lot of love.

"Honestly doing this scene is making me get the heebie jeebies. I don't know if I want all of that."
"It might just happen at the cookout and everybody be like 'Oh, it's happening now.' I don't know, for me it's not even about a spectacle, it's about who's around. It's about the circle being around us so that when things go bad and we try to leave the circle, they go 'Get back in there.' So for me, that's what it's more about. It's not like 'Oh what dress is she wearing?' I'm not doing it for the people."

What Men Want is scheduled to debut January 2019 but we're still patiently waiting on a wedding date announcement from the future Mrs. Hayden.

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