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Taraji P. Henson on Finding Out About Emmy Nom: ‘My Phone Started Going Nuts’

Taraji P. Henson attends a photocall for the "Empire" TV series during the 55th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 14, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Taraji P. Henson attends a photocall for the “Empire” TV series during the 55th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 14, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco

*We caught up with “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson to find out where she was, what she was doing, and how she reacted to news Thursday that she received an Emmy nomination for her role as Cookie Lyon.

“I was in my closet rushing so that I wouldn’t be late for work as usual. And then my phone started going nuts,” said Henson. “It was weird because the first wave of texts was, ‘You know you going to get this nomination.’ And I was like, I don’t want to see that. It hasn’t happened yet. So, I kind of hid my phone, and then it just wouldn’t stop vibrating.

“And then a call came through and I saw it was my manager, and I’ve been with them for my entire career, so I knew he was calling me with good news. He knows not to call me with bad news. So, that’s where I was under a mound of clothes in my closet.”

The actress will face tough competition in the Lead Actress, Drama category, including “How to Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis, past winner Claire Danes of “Homeland,” and critical fave Tatiana Maslany, who portrays several clones with wildly different personalities in BBC America’s “Orphan Black.” Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” and Robin Wright of “House of Cards” are the strong contenders rounding out the category.

Below, Henson puts her Emmy nomination in perspective:

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