4. TARAJI P HENSON

Movies: The Family That Preys (2008), I Can Do Bad All Myself (2009)
Tyler Perry gave Taraji her first leading role as his character's love interest in The Family That Preys. A year later, Henson played April, a self-absorbed alcoholic singer caught between an independent, uncommitted life with her shady boyfriend and opening herself up to real love and acknowledging her neglected family.