‘I only choose projects that scare the s*** out of me’

Taraji P. Henson reveals why she almost passed on Empire as she stuns at EW fest

She plays Cookie Lyon on Fox show Empire, but Taraji P. Henson has revealed why she almost turned down the part.

The 45-year-old was only one of many stars that attended the first ever Entertainment Weekly EW fest in New York on Saturday, where she discussed her smash hit role.

Taraji kept her look simple but sophisticated for her panel discussion, which also included costar Jussie Smollett, 32.

Time to talk: Taraji P. Henson, 45, was one of many stars that attended the first ever Entertainment Weekly EW fest in New York on Saturday for panel discussions

Time to talk: Taraji P. Henson, 45, was one of many stars that attended the first ever Entertainment Weekly EW fest in New York on Saturday for panel discussions

She arrived in a red-on-black polka dot dress with long, sheer sleeves and a slight v-neck.

The form fitting number showed off her ample curves, while some eye-catching red pointed-toe stilettos with fine strapping rounded out the ensemble.

With her hair up in a high bun, the Think Like a Man star’s only accessories were readily apparent; a gold medallion suspended around her neck by an intricate gold chain, and some large, thick rimmed gold hoop earrings.

Not too fancy: Co-star and singer Jussie Smollett opted to keep things casual for the on stage conversation with a black leather jacket, some jeans and a blue plaid button down

Not too fancy: Co-star and singer Jussie Smollett opted to keep things casual for the on stage conversation with a black leather jacket, some jeans and a blue plaid button down

Secrets: Apparently, Taraji only took the part in the Empire because she thought there was a chance it could ruin her career

Secrets: Apparently, Taraji only took the part in the Empire because she thought there was a chance it could ruin her career

Secrets: Apparently, Taraji only took the part in the Empire because she thought there was a chance it could ruin her career

Co-star and singer Jussie Smollett opted to keep things casual for the on stage conversation with a black leather jacket, some jeans and a blue plaid button down.

Entertaiment weekly reported how both actors opened up about their experiences with the show when questioned by EW moderator Tim Stack.

Apparently, Taraji only took the part in the Empire because she thought there was a chance it could ruin her career.

Lady in red: Emma Roberts, 24, took the stage in a striking collared red dress with flared sleeves

Lady in red: Emma Roberts, 24, took the stage in a striking collared red dress with flared sleeves

Fancy footwear: She turned even more heads with her choice of footwear; a pair of daring zippered high-heeled ankle boots with a loud leopard print pattern and black rivets

Fancy footwear: She turned even more heads with her choice of footwear; a pair of daring zippered high-heeled ankle boots with a loud leopard print pattern and black rivets

She reflected that she had thought, ”This could kill my career.’ I only choose projects that scare the s*** out of me because I know in some way it’s going to change me.’

The EW event was also a forum for other current television stars, such as some of the cast from the horror-comedy Scream Queens, who all turned up in super chic outfits.

Emma Roberts, 24, took the stage in a striking collared red dress with flared sleeves.

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Look at my boots! Co-star Lea Michele, 29, was also dressed to impress, as she was clad in a tight black mini dress which she teamed with matching leather over-the-knee boots

Look at my boots! Co-star Lea Michele, 29, was also dressed to impress, as she was clad in a tight black mini dress which she teamed with matching leather over-the-knee boots

She turned even more heads with her choice of footwear; a pair of daring zippered high-heeled ankle boots with a loud leopard print pattern and black rivets. She also appeared to have black ballet-style wraps coming from the boots to about mid-calf height.

Co-star Lea Michele, 29, was also dressed to impress, as she was clad in a tight black mini dress which she teamed with matching leather over-the-knee boots.

Keke Palmer, also a star on the hit show, brought her own knee high black stiletto boots which she paired with a top accented with transparent stripes and a tiny black miniskirt with ruffles down the front.

She likes boots too: Keke Palmer, also a star on the hit show, brought her own knee high black stiletto boots which she paired with a top accented with vertical, transparent stripes and a tiny black miniskirt with ruffles down the front

She likes boots too: Keke Palmer, also a star on the hit show, brought her own knee high black stiletto boots which she paired with a top accented with vertical, transparent stripes and a tiny black miniskirt with ruffles down the front

 

 

 

Source: Daily Mail

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