Empire starlet Taraji P. Henson is featured in the July 2015 issue of Allure.
Sometimes an actor is so perfectly matched to a star-making role that you can’t imagine anyone else as that character: Think of Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw. And now there’s Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon in Empire, the show she stars in opposite Terrence Howard. The two also worked together in Hustle & Flow. “I just know him. We trust each other,” she says. When asked about Howard’s legal problems (several women, including two ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend, have accused the actor of violence), Henson simply says, “Let’s pop the trunk to your life and see what’s dysfunctional and what’s bad…. At the end of the day, we’re all human and we got flaws and we got shit.”
Henson landed her breakout role in 2001 in Baby Boy, opposite…
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