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Henson pleased to star in family-friendly film

June 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actress Taraji P. Henson's dance card has remained very full for the past two years. And her latest role in the family-friendly film "The Karate Kid" let her strut her stuff half a world away.The role allowed her to mix things up a bit on her resume.

In 2009, Henson received an Oscar nomination for her dramatic role opposite Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." And earlier this year, she stretched her comedy muscles with Tina Fey and Steve Carell in "Date Night."

"I'm not working this summer which is a little weird for me because I'm a worker bee so when I have too much time on my hands I get a little antsy," said Henson. "But I think, I'm trying to take it in stride and everything happens for a reason, and I think I'm supposed to have this summer to relax because I don't know the last time I've been on a vacation."

Filming "The Karate Kid" was a bit of a vacation for Henson as they shot much of the film in China.

"It was amazing. You know, in a weird way when I moved out to L.A. with my son 15 years ago I felt like L.A. was my China. It was 3,000 miles away from everything I knew, so when I got the script I was like, 'Oh this feels familiar, this is sort of like my story,'" said Henson.

"The Karate Kid" is a PG-rated family film, and playing to that audience pleases Henson very much.

"As a mom, I'm just so excited and proud that all the children will be coming to see me this summer," Henson joked.

"The Karate Kid," also starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, opens in theaters this weekend.