Taraji Henson Interview for 'Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story'

by - 1/27/2011 08:07:00 PM

I recently learned that Lifetime will air Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, based on a true story, this film shows the determination of one mother to get her child back after being abducted and taken out of the country.

This story caught my attention for many reasons. As a black mother with a child who is half korean, the family structure and struggle interested me. But beyond race, the issue of a child being abducted is something all parents should learn more about.

Lifetime Movie Taken from Me

A screener of the movie was sent to me to watch before the upcoming airdates on: Mon Jan 31 at 9 PM and Sat Feb 5 at 9 PM. While I can't giveaway to many details, I can say that the storyline of a parents struggle to get back a child is something that WILL move you. So many parents are divorced or separated but still trying to co-parent in a positive way for the benefit of their children.

But what happens when one parents decided they no longer want to co-parent? What happens when one parents decides it's better to just take the child and go....to another country....without notifying the other parent. As the parent left without your child what can you do?! I'm SO glad that the process of trying to get back your child was also shown in this movie. Again, I can't reveal too much but trust me, you'll definitely want to watch and learn.

Lifetime Movie Taken from Me

Besides previewing the screener I was also invited to be part of a conference call where I had the chance to interview Taraji about the movie and her role. Since there were many others on the conference call, the questions were varied and gave Taraji an opportunity to really talk about so many things.

My questions to Taraji focused on her thoughts about the racial dynamics of the family and how she liked learning asian languages. Taraji explained to me that she saw no problem with race and interracial families. She feels it's all about love. Once true love is there everything else goes out the window. As for learning to speak Korean (yes she does in the movie), it wasn't difficult and she received compliments from her korean language teacher.

During the conference call Taraji shared how touched she was by what Tiffany stood for. As a mother herself Taraji can related to not letting a situation make you into a victim. She would also want to do whatever it took to get her child back. This was one of the reason's why playing a real person appealed to her. Unlike when she has to play an iconic figure, where she needs to get everything about that person right, with “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” she was able to be true to the story, she was able to stay true to the feeling as a parent.

On using social media like facebook and twitter, Taraji loved that she can show her fans who she is as a real person. While she lets her son use facebook, she's very involved with making sure he's safe. She set up rules for using social media and admits to checking his account to see what he's saying and up to.

Taraji shared that as a single parent she pushes his son to finish his homework, do his chores, etc. She feels all parents need to be on top of their kids. We need to stay focus on our children and prepare them to better face the world.
Also, immediately after premiering the movie, Lifetime will run a documentary titled Beyond the Headlines: The Tiffany Rubin Story in which the real Tiffany Rubin tells her story of the dangerous rescue of Kobe in March 2008 in Korea.

Others interviewed on the documentary include Kobe, Bazzel Baz who is a former CIA agent who helped with the rescue, and the FBI special agent in charge of the case. In addition to the interviews, the documentary includes photos taken by Tiffany and Mark, documents relating to the case against Jeffrey Lee, and a location visit to Seoul, South Korea.

*images from the Lifetime movie website

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  1. love the new design and layout page.
    as for the content, i consider taraji one of the movie industries finest today. her ability to blend into roles and convince with one screen chemistry is brilliant.
    i cant wait for this movie to show. i love lifetime movies and feel that they get a bad name in the movie watching community. of course the shows have a lower budget and rarely get oscar type actors but they have relevant and timely stories rather than violence, sex and effects to dull the viewers
    while i have more questions about your own personal situation with your korean son, i think that is better served for private dialog. i will be thinking of you and your son when i see this next month