Almost Got the Part

Taraji P. Henson

Before landing her role as the sassy Cookie Lynn on Empire, Taraji P. Henson auditioned for Kerry Washington's Scandal character Olivia Pope.

"When I went in to read for Shonda Rhimes, in my mind I was like, 'This is Kerry Washington. Why am I even in here?'...It was hers," she told Power 105.1's Angie Martinez. "It was her job, and she's great in it."

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