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Empire, Cookie Lyon, Taraji P. Henson


Taraji P. Henson has a few tricks up her sleeve, but one in particular helps her Empire co-star Terrence Howard get through their steamy sex scenes.

The 44-year-old sat down with Angie Martinez and dished about how Cookie keeps things cool between the sheets, for her filming partner's sake.

Henson explained that Howard "hates" shooting sex scenes with her, primarily because they've been such close friends for over a decade.

"He's like one of my coolest male friends in life," she shared. "[So] he hates that. Because you have to keep them, the boys, you have to keep them professional. They can't help if they get aroused. Every time we laid there, he kept talking to his male member, 'Don't do that! No, don't! Taraji's gonna punch me!' So then I said, 'You know, I will sock you in the throat.'"

Henson had a plan, though, one that would keep things from getting too awkward between the longtime pals.

"He goes, 'OK, I'm gonna have to keep my pants on.' And I said, 'OK, do what you need to do…Let me help you.' Every time he would get on top of me, I would be [in a little girl's voice], 'Daddy, why are you on top of me? Where's mommy? Why is the door closed?' He would be like, 'Oh no!' But it worked," she shared.

"I would be like, 'Why are you touching me, Daddy?' And he was like, 'Aw, no, that is twisted.' But guess what? We got through the scene real quick."