Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“Extra’s” Jerry Penacoli caught up with Terrence Howard at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Global Down Syndrome Fashion Show in Denverto get the latest news on “Empire,” his family, and more.

Howard has been Iron Man’s sidekick and earned an Oscar nomination, but revealed to Jerry, “I was never as famous as a film actor as I am now.”

In his candid exclusive with “Extra” Terrence, who plays Lucious Lyon, said the massive ratings and red-hot success of “Empire” have his head spinning.  When Penacoli asked Terrence if he has wrapped his head around all of this success, Howard replied, “Not really. I’m still trying to stay in the game with the Cookie Monster.  Joking about his co-star Taraji P. Henson, aka Cookie, he continued, “When you have Taraji P. Henson on your coattails, I’m like, ‘Am I still number one? Is it still my show?’ Yeah, I’m number one. It’s still mine.”

He also set the record straight about his reported beef with Henson, explaining there was “never a feud. The only feud we have is who’s going to get the weekend off, who’s going to work the latest on Friday.”  Howard teased what’s ahead in Season 2, saying, “Maybe [Lucious] having a bipolar mother had a huge effect on him. That is one of the things we’re uncovering.”

He also dropped a bombshell, telling Jerry he plans to retire after his run on “Empire” is over! “I want to give Lucious the rest that I have in this creative space, and then I want to raise my son.”

The star also gushed over his son Qirin and wife Mira Pak, saying, “I’ve got a beautiful baby boy. I’ve met my one, and I’ll be with her until time definite.  Mira was with Terrence at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself event, along with stars like Jamie Foxx and Jamie Brewer.

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