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Mar182019

Taraji P. Henson says the 'Empire' cast is "strong" amid the Jussie Smollett drama

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Taraji P. Henson is staying busy and keeping it positive.


In an interview with Extra, Henson briefly spoke about her Empire co-star Jussie Smollett, who last week pleaded not guilty to charges that he filed a false police report by claiming to be the victim of a homophobic and racist attack which he allegedly arranged himself.

"You have to stay strong, stay positive, full of hope," Henson told the entertainment news site, before adding that her Empire cast is also "strong."

In addition to her FOX series, Henson is also gearing up for her latest film, The Best of Enemies, starring Sam Rockwell. It follows Henson as Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina who faces off against the local leader of the KKK, C. P. Ellis, over desegregation.

Henson reveals that after her upcoming project, she's planning to take a break.

"I’m taking the summer off," she said. "I'm just going to take this summer and be normal, take a vacation — a couple, a few — I have a girlfriends' trip coming up, then me and my fiancé have to do something."

As far as her upcoming nuptials with fiance Kelvin Hayden, Henson says she needs "a year" to really plan it all out.

"The dress should come first; I think I know who will make it," she said, joking that she doesn't have a dress or a date set yet.

Henson film The Best of Enemies hits theaters April 5.

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