The show Empire has a vast audience and for good reason! The storyline is full of twists and turns with wonderfully complex and fascinating characters. The series has received 51 award nominations and has inspired iTunes subscribers to dish out their dough to purchase some of the shows epic hip-hop tunes. This list takes a look at some of the behind the scene details that may just surprise you about this all-star production!
10. Terrence and Taraji Have History
Back in the 2005 flick Hustle & Flow, these two developed their on-screen chemistry. Terrence playing a middle-aged pimp trying to pursue a record career, and Taraji playing the love interest. Terrence’s portrayal was much revered and earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, but it was really the complexity of his character that was generated by his relationship with Taraji that elevated his performance. These two had created so much of a bond that when Taraji received the part of Cookie Lyon in Empire, she refused to take the part unless Terrence Howard received the lead role!