“Apparently, Tom wanted me involved,” recalled the 41-year-old. “So he called my manager and my manager called me and said, ‘Tom Hanks really wants you to be in his movie’ and I said, ‘Sure.’ And my manager was like, ‘Maybe you should read the script first,’ and I was like, ‘No, I don’t have to read the script, it’s Tom Hanks, that’s a no brainer. I don’t care, I could play a tree or a rock, it’s Tom Hanks.’”
Over the course of her decade-long career, Henson has had roles in 2005’s Hustle & Flow, 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 2009’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself, among others. In Larry Crowne, which is in theaters Friday, she plays the neighbor of Hanks’ character, a middle-aged man who decides to re-enroll in junior college.
“It’s amazing working for him. The set is very stress free,” Henson said. “Even though he was director, producer, he co-wrote it, there was no tension. And I’ve been on sets where the director is just wearing that one hat and there’s just so much tension. And it was a low budget. And you know, you’re gunning it. It felt so easy, breezy, we laughed a lot on the set.”