Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe Radiate on Essence's February 2017 Cover

The leading ladies of Hidden Figures — Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe — chat with Essence about the significance of the film, their character’s impact on American history and the importance of sisterhood.

Essence’s February 2017 issue hits newsstands Friday, January 13th. Please link back to Essence.com.

Additional quotes from the story are below. Hidden Figures is in theaters everywhere Friday, January 6.


Taraji P. Henson on the significance of sharing this story: “When I was growing up, people told me out of their mouths math and science are for boys. I was told that over and over. Like, no one showed me how to fall in love with numbers. If I had a teacher like Mrs. Johnson, who knows, I might be on the moon…”

Janelle Monáe on sisterhood in the film: “They knew that they were stronger together…I think they would not have achieved the level of success they did had they not had one another…”

Octavia Spencer on the impact of her character: “This woman is the mother of all girls who code – Black, White, Latin, Asian, Indian. It all began with Dorothy Vaughn.”