By: Jocelyn Uithaler | Wed 25 Mar 2015, 15:00
Not only have we heard great musical talent from Jamal, Hakeem and Tiana, but the storyline is gripping and we just can’t get enough of Cookie’s sassiness or her amazing wardrobe.
Empire has taken the TV industry by storm, getting millions of new watchers with every episode. And the on-screen chemistry between the amazing cast – it’s like they’ve always worked together.
It’s this cast that was one of the reasons Terrence Howard, who plays Lucious Lyon, just couldn’t say no to this opportunity.
"For me, it’s the opportunity to work with a really talented cast. I mean, we have Gabby [Gabourey Sidibe who plays Becky] that’s in the show, who’s so beautifully underrated in a sense that, I think, she deserves to be plastered all over America because of her grit and her heart, you know. But me having Taraji [Taraji P Henson plays Lucious’ ex-wife Cookie] — to be able to dance with my friend again."
Terrence and Taraji both starred in Hustle & Flow, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The two actors are mostly known for their work in film but they’re not strangers to acting in TV series, and Terrence says with Empire, it’s all about pacing.
"I sometimes feel like - because we’ve both done television before and there’s a pacing in television - and they have to come and tell us: "No, you can take a moment here. You can slow it down." Because I’m so used to having to deliver two paragraphs this quick because we gotta go cut to commercial, and not with this show it’s like: "No, take your moment here. Take your time here."
Music is integral to Empire, and the songs are already high on the charts. The soundtrack debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, the first TV series soundtrack to do so.
"With Glee, FOX sold 67 million albums on iTunes and then over 100 million singles. Now these were covered songs. With these songs, that are written and being produced by Timbaland and his people like Jim Beanz - I mean, amazing artists - and we’re having an opportunity to hear number one songs. That’s going to change the game because they’re telling stories," said Terrence.
"And I think it’s the music that becomes the great equaliser in that because there’s not one person that listens to the songs and thinks that the song is gender or genre specific. These songs are universal songs that are written to reach the heart of everyone.”