Empire is quickly taking over television . The pulpy family drama about a man running a wildly successful record company has been a runaway hit with audiences — and it’s still growing. In its seventh week on the air, its audience has continued to grow — an unprecedented rise that’s shocked even the most seasoned TV veterans. See also: 8 awkward, not remotely hot tools used to film Hollywood sex scenes Even though the series, created by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, is front-loaded with seasoned, Oscar-nominated actors such as Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and Gabourey Sidibe, numerous fresh faces also fill out the cast. From Henson’s secret college nickname to the new cast member who almost became a pastor, here are a bunch of facts you never knew about the dominating cast of Empire . Taraji P. Henson — Cookie Taraji P. Henson plays Cookie, the quick-witted matriarch and Lucious’ ex-wife. Highly stylish with a perpetually raised brow, she’s the show’s driving force. Did you know? : In college, Henson’s nickname was actually “Cookie.” Plus, the D.C. native and Howard University student worked at the Pentagon while still in college. Image: Chuck Hodes/FOX Grace Gealey — Anika Grace Gealey plays… Read full this story
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