Taraji P. Henson: 'Empire' Star Breaks Internet, Shares Fitness Tips

Actress Taraji P. Henson broke the Internet Wednesday night thanks to a particular wardrobe selection on the hit show Empire.

Within the first few minutes of the Wednesday night episode, the Oscar-nominated actress was seen wearing a beautiful fur coat with flawless makeup.

Her character, Cookie, assumed that she was having a romantic date with her ex-husband, Lucius, at a fancy restaurant. The episode opened with her switching from outfit to outfit until she found the perfect one.

However, her "outfit" was not revealed until a few minutes later -- after Cookie found out the real reason why she was invited to the restaurant.

Beneath her fur coat, Taraji P. Henson showed everyone sitting at the table (and the millions of people watching the show) that she was wearing lingerie that women half her age wish they could pull off.

It did not take very long for Twitter to react -- and then basically explode shortly thereafter -- with responses and comments from fans, viewers, and critics alike.

Based on many of the other comments and reactions posted online, the 44-year-old actress clearly caused a lot of jaws to drop during the broadcast.

If it was not clear before Wednesday that Taraji P. Henson goes above and beyond to stay in great shape, then it was made crystal clear during the first few minutes of that episode.

In an interview with Fashion Bomb Daily published in August 2014, Taraji P. Henson opened up about her diet and fitness regimen. When asked about her workout schedule, the Benjamin Button actress discussed the important role that exercising plays in her life.

"When I have the perfect week, I try to work out 6 days. Working out is hugely important to me because it makes me feel physically and mentally empowered and allows me to eat a normal diet. When I exercise it helps keep my mind clear and makes me feel calm and happy."

Henson further stated that she prevents herself from getting bored with her fitness regimen by working out with a personal trainer two or three times a week as well as taking a Cardio Barre class. Taraji also pointed out that she still enjoys eating, entertaining, and going out with her friends. However, she strives to make wise decisions when it comes to her food choices.

"I love to cook and I am very good at it. A good breakfast is a fabulous way to start the day and this usually means eggs, some fruit and maybe a little chicken sausage. I am a major grilled salmon and grilled vegetable girl for lunch or dinner. And I must have the crunch of a salad every day. My go to meal, however, is soup... I'm not a big snack person and I don't eat desserts."

Taraji P. Henson clearly has been able to balance her professional life as an actress and her personal life as a mother very well over the years.

She may have recently turned heads with her performance as Cookie Lyons in the highly-praised TV series Empire. However, Henson has been impressing her fans and critics with her on-screen talent for years now, especially since she starred alongside Tyrese Gibson in the John Singleton-directed film, Baby Boy.

What do you think about Taraji P. Henson's character wardrobe change essentially becoming a trending a topic online?

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