GOING BIG ON SMALL SCREEN
After her Oscar-nominated performance in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Taraji P. Henson found herself the target of television bosses falling over themselves to sign the star.
With the same swagger as in her latest role in Ten’s US drama series, Empire, Henson talks about the difference between making it big on the big screen then going small.
“You don’t get much time on television … it can be a bit rushed, it feels a bit rushed,” the 44-year-old says. “You have to cram in eight pages a day, instead of, in film, you do one page a day, you know, so you can let scenes breathe and moments breathe.”
However, Empire has become a monster hit, pulling record audiences for Fox in the US and making TV A-listers of its cast.
The strength of the show, she says, is good scripts, telling the story of a hip-hop family embroiled in inheritance issues.
Sniffing a hit, Henson describes the show’s ratings success as “the perfect storm.”
It also has a soundtrack not heard since Glee. Henson knew they were on song when extras would ask if they could download the tracks after hearing them on set.
“I already knew the music was gonna be a hit.” / HOLLY BYRNES
EMPIRE, TEN, SUNDAY, 9PM