Terrell Carter & Taye Diggs Talk Empire Season 4

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Terrell Carter & Taye Diggs Talk Empire Season 4
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 11, 2017

With the third episode titled “Evil Manners” of season 4 of Fox’s hit TV series Empire airing on October 11 at 8:00pm ET/PT., we get a chance to see more of the Lyon nemesis, the rich and powerful Dubois family.

Last season, the audience saw its matriarch Diana Dubois, played by Phylicia Rashad, do everything she can to destroy the Lyon household after they, and mostly, Cookie broke her son Angelo’s (played by Taye Diggs) heart and ruined his political career.

Back for vengeance, she’s enlisted the help of other members of the family including Warren Hall, played by Terrell Carter.  Carter, who appeared in a guest spot on the Season 3 finale, has been promoted to a full-fledged regular cast member.

Hall, an attorney by day and an aspiring musician by night, is also Jamal’s new love interest. In the first episode of Season 4, audience saw that Warren is part of the Dubois family.

Prior to Empire, Carter had a guest arc on USA’s “Shooter.” His film credits include “Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Think Like a Man Too.” As a singer-songwriter, he has worked with Quincy Jones and a number of recording artists, including Patti LaBelle, Beyonce, and Celine Dion.

Diggs is no stranger to audience. From How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Best Man, Best Man Holiday, and Private Practice, Diggs has been a TV and film veteran for nearly 20 years.

Blackfilm.com spoke to both Carter and Diggs about their roles for Season 4 of Empire.

How does it feel to come back to a new season?

Taye Diggs: It feels good. I was happy to get the opportunity to play with this amazing cast. I’ve never been on a show this big and to get called back for another season and to see more layers added to the character is an actor’s dream.

As the new kid on the block, can you talk about your character?

Terrell Carter: I play Warren Hall and I’m also a Dubois and basically a pawn of Phylicia Rashad, who plays Diana DuBois. I come in to take Jamal down. My character is a lawyer who always wanted to be a singer; but he main motive is to be back in the good graces of the Dubois family. That’s the only reason that I’m there. She summoning all of her superpowers, and she has a million of them, to take the Lyon family down. I’m there to be of assistance.

Can you break down the Dubois family?

Taye Diggs: It’s the type of situation where on the outside it’s the type of family that looks like they have it all together; but it all stems from the matriarch. She designs every situation to the point where she has every member of the family checking themselves, which is brilliant. Instead of just being straight ahead and supportive, she is literally pitting each member of the family against each other, which is driving them to work even harder. It’s awful but excellent writing.

How has this character helped you stretched as an actor?

Taye Diggs: I think it’s being on a show that is so widely recognized with actors that are so highly esteemed. Every day you have to come with it. You have no choice because when you’re in a scene with Taraji, she’ll blow you over. That’s how she gets down. Regardless of the writing, even though it’s brilliant and the character, even though it’s layered and complicated, when you come on set, you have to bring it. That’s something that’s been fun and refreshing.

How is working with this huge ensemble? Taye, you’ve worked with Terrence for years. Is everything still the same?

Taye Diggs: Yes and no. It’s a completely different character. It’s the best of both worlds. There’s that familiarity between us and we know we work. I don’t have to learn the ins and outs of his process but at the same time, it’s a completely different character, so I’m not bored. It’s a great scenario.

Terrell Carter: I’m just coming in and just getting to know them all. It’s not overwhelming because of the way they receive you. I’m sitting here with this guy (Taye) and I was the guy watching him on How Stella Got Her Groove Back. This was nearly 20 years ago. To be able to meet those people from Taraji and Taye to Phylicia and Terrence, to me, it’s amazing to be a part of that. I am learning who they all are and surprisingly they were all so helpful and so open to receiving me as part of the cast. It wasn’t about get in where you fit in.

Are any of the songs you sing on the show yours?

Terrell Carter: I have six independent records that have been out throughout the years on iTunes and the stuff I do for the show is tailored for the show. It’s tailored for the character. I did ‘Born To Love You’ on the season finale of Season 3. That’s Jamal’s song. I slowed it down and made it different but it was great that they tailored it to how this character is coming on. With this character being the pawn that he is, anything can change. I’m still watching as thing unfold for me.


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