Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard’s White Hot Holidays Special Will Help …

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Check Out James Corden and Taraji P. Henson’s ‘Empire’ Audition.

According to this clip, apparently Corden and Henson were both up for the “Empire” role that ultimately went to the Academy Award-nominated actress.

The actress and showrunner behind broadcast’s top scripted series — both THR Power 100 honorees — reflect on a truly breakout year and how female characters like Cookie Lyon are changing the conversation. Their new Fox holiday special, Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays, will get you through week one of the hiatus. “The first Wednesday we can help you out with because that’s us,” Henson tells E!

But let’s face it – Corden showing up to his audition dressed in a fur, jewels and a Cookie wig most likely harmed rather than helped his chances at snagging the part. (Though his delivery on “Lucious Lyon!” was pretty convincing.) Corden then dug himself into a hole even more when he began insulting Henson, Cookie-style: “Come in here half-assed in your Dollar Store jeans, your discount hoops and fake-ass shoes, cheap Chanel belt….No, it’s not in the script, it’s real life, b—h, and we’s livin’ it!” And he was not prepared for what the “Empire” actress had in store for him: “The day you take a job from Taraji P. Henson play Cookie Lyon on Empire, but noted on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Late Show that “she actually had to fight off some really tough competition to get that role.” He then aired a clip of Henson waiting to audition for the Fox drama’s fierce wordsmith — a role that Corden (in a wig, heels and fur coat) also read.

Henson, is the day I drag you through the streets by the roots of your nasty weave. “Where’s your Oscar nomination, huh?” she continued. “Nothing to say about that? Neither Henson nor Chaiken is new to the game — Henson earned an Oscar nomination for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and starred on CBS’ Person of Interest on top of a steady film career, while Chaiken co-created Showtime’s groundbreaking lesbian drama The L Word — but their stocks have skyrocketed in the past 12 months thanks to the hip-hop drama. Chaiken signed a lucrative seven-figure overall deal with 20th Century Fox in May, and Henson’s new household-name status has led to appearances in commercials for Apple and Hulu as well as multiple magazine covers. In addition to her Emmy nomination, Henson also has taken home Critics’ Choice, BET and NAACP awards for her portrayal of the outspoken and instantly quotable Cookie Lyon. “For so many years, we pushed up against this idea that women can’t carry a show, that female characters can’t be this, this or this, that we had to create our female characters to behave in a certain way,” says Chaiken. “When it works, and when it works powerfully, everybody notices and understanding dawns.

That’s what we’re missing right now.” In the video above, watch Howard, Henson and their costar Jussie Smollett dish on the biggest twists from the Empire midseason finale, including what to expect when the show returns. “The family needs to come back together,” teases Howard. “The show is based on family, even though we have a whole lot of other things. Oh, no, not until she left the “Late Late Show” host with these parting words: “Let me tell you something,” she said, lowering her voice into a menacing whisper. “The streets weren’t made for everybody, that’s why they made sidewalks. There will be forces that will pull it apart but at the end of the day it’s about Cookie and Lucious and what they started many years before and it’s never going to go away until one of them is dead.”

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