Taraji P. Henson Hosts SNL: 'Empire' Actress Channels Cookie Lyon In Saturday Night Live Promos
As previously reported, Taraji P. Henson, best known for her role as Cookie Lyon on FOX's hit series Empire, will be hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend alongside musical guest Mumford & Sons. As expected, Henson brings her Empire character to SNL for this week's promos. In the short clip, Henson channels her inner Cookie with featured player Taran Killam.
When he asks Henson if she is anything like her Empire character, she slaps him in the face a la Cookie and tells him, "Don't ask questions you won't like the answers to, little boy."
Killam then asks Henson for help resolving a conflict he is having with his castmate Kyle Mooney. Henson tells him to stand with his hand on his hip and say, "Honey boo boo, I'm here to get what's mine," and then stare the person up and down intensely. He does it, and it works!
Then Killam pitches a baseball spin-off idea for Empire called Umpire, and the two act out a potential scene.
This will be Henson's first hosting gig on SNL. The Empire star is hilarious as Cookie Lyon and has also played comedic roles in films like Think Like A Man. Although the cast of SNL already spoofed Empire earlier this year, they'll likely conceptualize another parody for Henson's episode, if this promo is any indication. The FOX star stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers earlier this year and gave a taste of a few characters that she can do well, including a diva, a spoiled little girl, and a drunk grandma. We're certain she has even more voices in her arsenal that will suit some live sketches.
Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons will likely perform their latest single "Believe" when they make their apperance this weekend. The song will be featured on their new album Wilder Mind, the band's follow-up to 2012's Babel, due out May 4. April 11 will be the UK rockers' first appearance on the show since September 2012, when they performed "I Will Wait" and "Below My Feet" and appeared in a sketch called "Four Guys In London."
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