Taraji P. Henson as Tiffany Rubin in "Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story."

*Taraji P. Henson returns to her old stomping grounds at Lifetime tonight to star in “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story,” a made-for-TV movie based on the true story of a mother who plots to rescue her 6-year-old son after he’s abducted by his father.

The Oscar nominated actress previously starred as a police inspector on Lifetime’s “The Division.”

Below, she talks to TV Guide about “Taken From Me,” which begins at 9 p.m. tonight. [Watch trailer below.]

TV Guide Magazine: Why did you decide to play this part?

Henson: Even before I read the script, I said, “I want to do it!” I just felt for [Tiffany Rubin] and for all mothers going through this. It came to me for a reason. I wanted to give it life.

TV Guide Magazine: Have you met Tiffany?

Henson: I did get to talk with her on the phone. She’s a brave woman. It was exciting and scary to portray someone real and know that person is still alive.

TV Guide Magazine: How did you get along with costar Terry O’Quinn (Lost), who plays a child advocate?

Henson: We did a lot of laughing! You have to laugh in between takes when you’re doing such a serious piece, or then you just want to slit your wrists.

TV Guide Magazine: What’s next for you?

Henson: [I’m] looking to do more comedies. I’ve been doing these serious roles for so long that it’s time to laugh a little.