Dating tips from the sexy scene-stealer of TV's hottest show.
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Wanna date Taraji? Well, Cookie's got some rules.
Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is currently stealing scenes as the sharp-tongued, shade-throwing matriarch on TV's hottest show, Empire (Wednesdays at 9 on FOX). For today's Throwback Thursday, we're flash-backing to the time the scorching star sizzled in a spread for Men's Fitness (September 2009). The then-38-year-old single mom told us the guys she dates are often intimidated. "Most men are fragile," she says. "I'm a successful woman, in the public eye, and raising a kid by myself. It can leave guys feeling like, 'Damn, how can I have a chance?'" Answer: "Just be a man!" Read on for more of Taraji's rules—and for even more sexy images from her Men's Fitness shoot.
Have a Gentleman's Touch
"A woman is gentle, soft, delicate, and a man's position is to protect her-help her up stairs, make sure she's in the car safely first. Take good care of your woman, and the sky's the limit!"
Avoid Mama Drama
"Date a woman with children only if you are ready to man up, because it's a position that comes with responsibility. If you don't want anything too serious, then stay with women with no kids."
Keep in Touch—Even When You're Out with the Boys
"The worst excuse you could ever use is, 'My phone broke.' Did the 10 other people you were with not have phones? Just make it happen. Even the Bat Cave has a phone!"
Be Her Safety Net
"When I meet a person and that chemistry is there, I cannot hide the electricity. I need to learn more about him, and once I feel safe, I'm gone, I'm in love, and I give it my all!"
Never Give Up on Love
"Don't be bitter if a relationship doesn't work out; it wasn't meant to be. You can't be cut off to love because you're learning and getting closer to the one."