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Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis & Emmy Contenders Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood

Six Emmy contenders Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Lizzy Caplan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Lange, and Ruth Wilson take the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue, hitting stands this week. They speak candidly during a roundtable about race, sexism, aging, nudity and typecasting.

Viola on what most appealed to her and scared her about playing the lead in a Shonda Rhimes drama (How To Get Away With Murder): There was absolutely no precedent for it. I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size 2 be a sexualized role in TV or film. I’m a sexual woman, but nothing in my career has ever identified me as a sexualized woman. I was the prototype of the “mommified” role. Then all of a sudden, this part came, and fear would be an understatement. When I saw myself for the first time in the pilot episode, I was mortified. I saw the fake eyelashes and, “Are you kidding me? Who is going to believe this?” And then I thought: “OK, this is your moment to not typecast yourself, to play a woman who is sexualized and do your investigative work to find out who this woman is and put a real woman on TV who’s smack-dab in the midst of this pop fiction.

Maggie on a specific point in her career when she felt the bravest: I had a rape scene in The Honorable Woman where it was clearly written that she’d be saying, “No, no, please, no,” right away. But I wanted her to be complicit and wanting it; the darkest, most painful sex, right up until the point it turned into rape. I wanted her to want something she knew she shouldn’t want. I can sometimes tell when actors fought an ordinary approach to a scene, and I’m so glad they did because it tells a better story.

Lizzy on if it’s tough to do a lot of nudity on Masters of Sex: I was more afraid of doing nudity on [HBO’s] True Blood. It got easier after that, but I’m not ever 100 percent comfortable. There was a scene last season where I take my robe off, I’m naked and then transition into locked-eye [with Michael Sheen’s character], full-on masturbation from beginning to end. We have a female showrunner who considers herself a prude, so the sex scenes always move the story forward. But I remember being in my trailer before that scene and thinking for the first time since the show started: “I really don’t want to go out there and do this.”

Watch the video of the roundtable at HollywoodReporter.com. Pics below!

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Taraji P. Henson Rocks Numerous Looks as Guys Choice Awards 2015 Host With Terrence Howard!

Taraji P. Henson is white hot as she arrives at Spike TV’s 2015 Guys Choice Awards held at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday night (June 6) in Culver City, Calif.

The 44-year-old Empire star was joined by her co-star Terrence Howard, as well as LL Cool J and Mary J. Blige.

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During the show, Taraji switched up her outfit several times.

Meanwhile, check out some hilarious bloopers from her promo with Terrence!


Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Blooper Promo

FYI: Taraji is wearing a white KLS Kimora Lee Simmons dress.

30+ pictures inside of Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and more at the event… More Here! »

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Amanda Seyfried & Taraji P. Henson Stun at CFDA Fashion Awards

Amanda Seyfried dons a colorful dress at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on Monday (June 1) in New York City.

The 29-year-old actress was joined by Taraji P. Henson and Kelly Osbourne.

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Earlier in the day, Taraji thanks her fans after winning Best Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Empire at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

“Thank you ALL for the amazing positive energy and love!!! Y’all got my heart smiling REAL deep!!!! 💋💋💋,” Taraji wrote on Instagram.

FYI: Amanda is wearing a Rodarte dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. Taraji is wearing a Vera Wang Collection dress and Astley Clarke jewels.

10+ pictures inside of Amanda Seyfried and Taraji P. Henson at the CFDA Fashion Awards… More Here! »

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Taraji P. Henson Arrives in Style for Critics' Choice Television Awards 2015

Taraji P. Henson makes her grande entrance at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday evening (May 31) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 44-year-old actress and nominee that evening was joined by fellow nominees Jessica Lange and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Taraji‘s Empire co-star Bryshere Gray also stepped out to show his support.

The 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards are currently airing live right now on A&E! Be sure to tune in to find out who will take home the big prizes!

FYI: Maggie is wearing Alexander McQueen. Jessica is wearing a Bulgari necklace and clutch.

10+ pictures inside of Taraji P. Henson and more at the show… More Here! »

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'Empire' Season Two Premiere Date Revealed!

Taraji P. Henson strikes a pose while arriving at the Empire Television Academy event held at The Grove on Thursday (May 28) in Los Angeles.

The 44-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Grace Gealy, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Trai Byers.

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Fox just announced the premiere date for the second season of the show! Mark your calendars – Empire will return on September 23 @ 9PM!

15+ pictures inside of Taraji P. Henson and other Empire stars at the event… More Here! »

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Anna Kendrick & Sophia Bush Celebrate Glamour's Success Issue at Chateau Marmont

Anna Kendrick and Sophia Bush slip inside the Chateau Marmont to escape the cool night air at Glamour’s June Success Issue Party on Friday night (May 29) in Los Angeles.

The 29-year-old cover girl and Sophia, 32, were joined at the event by Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson, Joe Jonas, Rashida Jones, black-ish‘s Tracee Ellis Ross, Emmy Rossum, and Rumer Willis.

Busy Philipps, Olivia Culpo, Criminal MindsMatthew Gray Gubler, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Zelda Williams, Haley Joel Osment, Halston Sage, and adorable couple Avan Jogia and Zoey Deutch also joined the festivities.

Anna and Emmy are also pictured out and about in Los Angeles earlier in the day.

FYI: Emmy is wearing an Elle Sasson dress with an Amanda Wakeley clutch, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Jennifer Fisher cuff. Sophia is wearing a Vivienne Westwood dress, jewelry from Graziela Gems and Effy Jewelry, Guiseppe Zanotti heels, and a Rauwolf clutch. Halston is wearing a Maiyet dress and jewels. Jenna is wearing a Maiyet top and shorts with Brian Atwood shoes, EF collection jewelry, and an Edie Parker clutch. Anna is wearing a Misha Nonoo dress, Maiyet shoes, and Sethi Couture jewelry. Taraji is wearing a Cynthia Rowley dress with Alaia shoes. Zoey is wearing a Tory Burch dress with Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch.

50+ pictures inside of Anna Kendrick, Sophia Bush and others at Glamour’s Success Issue Party… More Here! »

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'Empire' Cast Performs at Billboard Music Awards 2015! (Video)

Taraji P. Henson looks amazing while walking the red carpet at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday (May 17) in Las Vegas.

The 44-year-old actress took to the stage at the show to present a performance from her Empire co-stars (and on-screen sons) Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray.

The guys were joined by the show’s guest star Estelle to perform a medley that included “Conqueror” and “You’re So Beautiful” from the television series’ soundtrack.

Watch the performance video below!

‘Empire’ Cast Performs at Billboard Music Awards 2015

FYI: Taraji is wearing an Alexandre Vauthier dress and Saint Laurent shoes. Estelle is wearing an Amanda Wakeley vest and trousers with a Bibhu Mohapatra belt for the performance and a Galia Lahav dress on the red carpet. Bryshere is wearing a John Varvatos suit and shoes. Jussie is wearing Calvin Klein Collection.

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