Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson constantly go after one another as Lucious and Cookie Lyon on Fox's hip-hop drama "Empire," but does the clashing continue when the cameras stop rolling? Despite rumors about an on-set feud, Henson wants fans to know that she gets along just fine with her co-star.
Henson posted two videos on Instagram Wednesday night where it looked like her and Howard were having an intense argument in front of co-star Jussie Smollett during a script meeting.
"You know what, I'm sick of you," Henson yells at Howard. "You're such a diva."
The screaming continues into a second video, but the two suddenly stop yelling. The co-stars turn towards the camera and tell viewers to watch "Empire" before they kiss and hug.
The 45-year-old actress took shots at the rumors in the caption of the video as well. "HA! Word on THA street is Terrence and I don't get along! Like I would fight to work with someone I DO NOT get along with?! Don't be silly," she wrote. Henson also added the hashtags, "#GottaComeBetterThanThat #StupidRumors #DummysWastedPaperAndInkOnthatBS oh and watch #Empire tonight."
Last week, In Touch Weekly reported the two actors weren't getting along. “It’s gotten so bad that Taraji can’t be on set for more than 30 seconds without staring daggers at him,” a source dished. "“She’s irritated by the pompous, bigheaded braggart that Terrence has become."
In an interview with Rolling Stone in September, Henson said she told showrunner Lee Daniels she would not play Cookie if he didn't sign Howard to portray Lucious. After starring together in 2005's "Hustle and Flow," Henson felt the two shared a dynamic that would work out very well on the show.
"Cookie and Lucious sometimes hate and love each other in the same scene. There's an unspoken connection that you can't fake. My boy Terrence and I have that. So I said to Lee, 'If you can make it happen with Terrence, call me back,'" Henson dished.
Although there appears to be no animosity in the real world, on "Empire," the battle lines between Lucious and Cookie have been drawn in Season 2. After failing to take Empire from Lucious through a hostile takeover, Cookie decided to go off and make her own label along with Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Lucious' other ex, Anika (Grace Gealey). Lucious has been trying to get them to come back to Empire, but they refuse to drop their new company, Lyon Dynasty.
"Empire" airs on Fox Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EDT.