LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- One the most popular shows on television is the CBS hit, "Person of Interest," and the actress that plays Detective Carter made her way to the natural state Monday.

She wasn't solving any crimes in Little Rock Monday night, but she was inspiring hundreds who heard her.

Taraji P. Henson shared her inspiring life story at UALR tonight, being rejected from acting school at the age of 13 to becoming one of the biggest stars on television. It's a life story one young man hopes to repeat in his own way.

"Faith is all we have as humans. If you don't have faith, there is no hope. And where there is no hope, there is darkness and despair," said Taraji P. Henson.

"How she just kept pushing even though she couldn't get to where she wanted to be, she kept pushing," said 14-year-old Devon Thompson. "I really want to give back to my community and help my community. Not only celebrities can do it, you can make a change in your community just like they can."

Thompson wants to be a police officer, much like Taraji Henson's character in the hit CBS show "Person of Interest."

"You have to have the courage to take a leap and know that when you leap, there is a chance you might not make it to the other side. You might fall," said Henson. "You can't just say, 'I want to be a police officer' and then be a police officer. You have to take different tests. You're not always going to pass them first, but you got to keep pushing like she said and keep God with you."

After a long wait, Thompson got his chance to meet the person he knows as Detective Carter, learning not how to become a cop, but how to become the person he wants to be.
"She told me to keep the good spirit and keep it up. I got a picture with her. It was nice to finally meet a celebrity," said Thompson.

Thompson is taking his ambitions to become a police officer one step further. He said he's starting a club called Junior Kids Police Department in an effort to fight crime in his community.

You can watch the hit show CBS show "Person of Interest" every Thursday at 8 p.m. right here on THV 11.