Seems like Taraji P. Henson and Nia Long wont be ‘besties’ anytime soon!!! Let’s jump into these juicy deets shall we my Snoopas??!
According to some “Empire” production birdies on set, Nia was such a nightmare to work with …so much so that the hair and makeup crew filed a official complaint against her! It was also reported that Nia threatened to sue the show because of an improper goodbye and this is coming from multiple people including the cast, crew and production.
TMZ first broke the story on how Nia was so disrespectful and unprofessional throughout her run on the show……
PhatGyrlSnoop juice via TMZ:
Nia and Taraji P. Henson were at war with each other because Taraji was irate over the way Nia treated the staff, and it got so bad producers were trying to figure out how to shoot scenes with the two of them where each actress did their part separately. It was so tense neither would speak to the other. The various sources are scoffing at Nia’s reps, who claim the stories about the actress are made up. Our sources say there were numerous incidents, but 3 are still vivid. — Our sources say in the history of the show the hair and makeup people have only filed one formal complaint for mistreatment … and that was against Nia.
The hair and makeup people say she was extremely disrespectful … at times deciding she didn’t like her look at the last minute and then chewing them out. The sources say there have been numerous guest appearances on the show — “from rappers to Demi Moore, and no complaints were lodged against anyone but Nia.” — Our sources say Nia was “habitually late.” They say Taraji and Terrence Howard would sometimes be waiting on set for 30 minutes and Nia was a no-show. Producers would finally use a stand-in for Nia so Taraji and Terrence could rehearse a scene. — It is custom on the set when guest stars finish their last scene for the Assistant Director to call it out … “This is (name of actor) last scene,” followed by a “thank you” and applause. When Nia did her last scene,
Terrence was having some sort of allergic reaction and his lip began swelling. The A.D. was looking for Benadryl when Nia left. It’s unclear if the A.D. was distracted or just didn’t want to thank Nia, but we’re told as Nia walked out she told someone in production she was going to sue the show because the “goodbye” was in her contract. Production sources say it was not in her contract. We spoke with one actor on the show who said the experience was so unpleasant they would never work with her again.
We reached out to Nia’s rep, who said, “We stand by our comments this morning that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set. In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard.” The rep went on to say, “We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show, and we find the timing of all of these stories to be very suspicious, given that the series returns tonight.”
Not the first reported beef on the “Empire” set, and it sure won’t be the last! Is this juice straight facts or just an attempt to boost ratings…..AGAIN??!
What’s your 2 cents?!