Taraji P. Henson Chose Taye Diggs As Her Love Interest


Cookie Lyon gets what Cookie Lyon wants.

"Empire" actress Taraji P. Henson just proved her power within the franchise after hand-picking her love interest -- and actually getting him.

The 46-year-old star was in Chicago for the show's third season premiere when she revealed that she had her wish granted when she asked for actor Taye Diggs to play the role of her love interest.

Taraji P. Henson spoke to E! News on the red carpet, revealing,

I'm going to go ahead and guess Henson got what she wanted because producers didn't have a choice... I mean, we're talking about Taraji P. Henson here, the award-winning queen of the silver screen.

If she would have requested Justin Bieber, I'm sure folks would have found a way to make it happen!

So, what's in store for viewers in the upcoming third season?

Gary Newman, the CEO of Fox Broadcasting, was also in Chicago for the premiere. Newman spoke to Variety, saying,

Let's take a peek, shall we?

I see exactly what Newman's talking about.

The Fox executive continued,

Luckily we won't have to wait too long to see what unfolds.


The third season of "Empire" is set to air on September 21 at 9 pm ET/PT on FOX.

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Citations: Yes, Taraji P. Henson Requested Taye Diggs As Her New Empire Love Interest and Got Him (E! News)