You Won’t Believe Who Taraji P. Henson Fought Off to Get Cookie Lyon

Spoiler alert: It's a dude.

It’s hard to picture anyone but Taraji P. Henson play Empire’s Cookie Lyon, but–believe it or not–someone almost beat her for the role. And it’s a dude.

OK, not really. But it makes for one hell of a sketch, right? James Corden thought this, so when Taraji stopped by The Late Late Show Tuesday night, he decided to play a little make-believe. Picture this: Taraji is in the casting room waiting to audition for Empire when–boom!–in walks James, decked out in Cookie attire, hungry for the same role.

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