“Friends first.”

- Taraji P. Henson

Words of wisdom: If you’re looking for longevity in a relationsh­ip, friendship is the only thing that’ll keep you and your significan­t other together, advises Henson, 41, a veteran of initially going for romance at the start in her younger years. “There are days where you’re just not going to like that person. They are going to make you so mad, but you have to be able to look at them and say, ‘I really want to hate you today, but I really like you because you’re my friend.’ ”

Should her character heed them? Possibly, since Lauren jumps into a relationsh­ip with Dominic after she believes he’s well-to-do. Perhaps if they were friends first, she wouldn’t freak out when she finds out the truth, or when an old beau comes back into her life.

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