Empire fans waiting for Season 2, you won’t just watch out for the comeback of Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, you will also be watching out for her oldest sister.
And yes, even Taraji P. Henson is very excited to work with her. It’s no other than Vivica A. Fox!
Vivica A. Fox will be playing Henson’s older sister in the show for one episode. Ilene Chaiken, one of the show’s executive producers, said that Fox’s addition to the storyline will add more drama to the plot.
“Cookie’s other family members are troublesome, to say the least,” Chaiken said.
Lee Daniels, Empire’s co-creator, said that there is a possibility that this season will focus on Cookie Lyon’s family in order to set up that spin-off for success.
Though they did not reveal yet in what episode Fox will show up, Henson expressed her excitement to work with her.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) September 13, 2015
“I’m very excited about that,” Taraji P. Henson said. “I mean, I watched Vivica before I even got into the business. And she’s always been one that I’ve looked up to, like, ‘God, I want to be able to do what she does.’ So, to be able to work with the person who you’ve admired for so long, it’s just mind-blowing.”
Henson also commented on her nomination for Primetime Emmys Lead Actress in a Drama for this year’s ceremony, Henson said she’s amazed but “it’s sort of bittersweet.”
“Because here we are in 2015, and we’re still saying things like, ‘First African-American,’ ‘First woman this,’” Henson commented.
“I just pray to God … and it’s not even about me. I hope Viola wins. I hope I win,” Henson continued. “Just so we can get past this and we don’t have to say in 2020 or 2030 or 3000, ‘The first’ I mean, come on, really,” Henson said, laughing.
Empire Season 2 premieres September 23.