5 Questions With … Taraji P. Henson of FOX’s “Empire.”

TarajiPHensonEmpireTaraji P. Henson walks into the room like she owns it, and everyone in it takes notice. The excited whispers start immediately and Henson, takes a moment to soak it in, and breaks into a huge smile. She is the belle of the ball, or better yet, the diva of the dance.  The Oscar nominated actress, for Best-Supporting actress for 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has found one of her most fantastic roles to date as Cookie Lyon, the brash, powerful and animal-print loving ex-wife of Empire Entertainment CEO, Luscious Lyon on FOX’s breakout smash, Empire. This isn’t Henson’s first time working with co-star Terrence Howard or on a project that portrays the hip-hop industry, they both starred in 2005’s hip-hop drama, Hustle and Flow. As the breakout star of TV’s freshest show, Henson was pure charisma while she answered our 5 Questions.

1. If you were at a magazine rack and could pick any three titles, what would they be?
Could I be on the cover? I only do covers… W, Vogue and I wouldn’t mind Elle.

2.If your TV only has three shows or networks, what would you watch?
Empire, black-ish and How To Get Away With Murder.

3. What has been your strangest fan encounter?
It was early on in my career and a person came up to me and said, “Oh my God, I love you” and started listing movies I’d never been in. And I said, “Wow, that’s amazing, I wish I had that resume.” and then they looked at me and said, “Oh my God, I’m so sorry!” I don’t think I’ll have that problem anymore!

4. What was a time when you were starstruck?
When I met Carol Burnett I was shaking; my publicist was there and she couldn’t believe it. I’ve met a lot of people, but when I met Prince, I held his hand a little too long and he had to pass me off.

5. What three things do you have to have in your fridge or pantry?
I need creamer for my coffee and it has to be flavored — any flavor — I just love flavor. I must have hummus; I always have hummus. And my cupboard must have vanilla almond milk.

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