Empire Facts and Trivia

Empire Facts and TriviaEmpire is a musical drama TV series that premiered on January 7, 2015 on Fox. The show is centered on the Lyon family, founders and owners of Empire Entertainment. Here are some interesting Empire facts and trivia.

Terrance Howard wasn’t the first choice for the role of Lucious Lyon. In fact, actor Wesley Snipes was originally named to play the role. However, Taraji P. Henson said she would only play the role of Cookie Lyon if the role of Lucious Lyon was played by Terrance Howard.

This isn’t the first time that Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson have worked together onscreen. In the 2005, they appeared in two movies together. In Hustle & Flow, an independent drama movie, they starred as a couple with Howard playing the role of DJay and Henson played the role of Shug. In Four Brothers, an action movie, Howard played the role of Lieutenant Green, while Henson played the role of Camille Mercer.

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Bryshere Y. Gray, who plays the role of Hakeem Lyon, actually auditioned (and ultimately offered) for his role through FaceTime. Brian Grazer, the executive producer of Empire, wanted to be sure he could rap, since Hakeem is a rising rapper.

Have you ever wondered why you often see Cookie wearing purple? Well, it is because purple is Lucious’ favorite color and currently, Cookie is trying her best to win him back.

Besides her purple outfits, Cookie Lyon also loves wearing animal prints. The reason? Animal prints symbolizes confidence. Cookie likes to give off the energy of being someone who is strong and confident.

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The majority of the Empire cast members can sing and sing well. This includes Gabby Sidibe, as Becky Williams; Trai Byers, as Andre Lyon; Grace Gealey, as Anika Calhoun; Kaitlin Doubleday, as Rhonda Lyon and Raven-Symone, as Olivia Lyon.

Trai Byers, who plays the role of Andre Lyon, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Before starting his role on Empire, Byers actually considered becoming a pastor first.

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