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Grace Gealey: We’re backing Taraji for Emmy win

Grace Gealey thinks the attention Empire has received from fans is a “great leveler”.

(Cover) - EN Showbiz - Grace Gealey is disappointed that Empire didn’t receive more Emmy nominations.

The 31-year-old actress plays Anika Calhoun in the hit US TV drama. But while the show has received critical acclaim and huge praise from fans, it only earned one nod at the awards which are being staged this weekend.

And the snub didn’t go down too well with the cast.

"When you're a part of a show you put so much into it, you've invested so much that you really would like to see that be recognised in a different way,” Grace told People Now.

"But the fanbase and all the attention that we've got, it's a great leveler."

The only nomination the programme received was for Taraji P. Henson, who is up for best actress in a drama for her role as Cookie Lyon.

But while the rest of the cast missed out, Grace insists they are backing Taraji for the win all the way.

"We were so thrilled, she just completely deserved it,” she said.

"We'll all be cheering [Taraji] on, we really hope she gets it. This is huge for her and her career, too. She's been working for a really long time."

Following the Emmy nominations being revealed earlier this year, Taraji insisted she was stunned that her co-star Terrence Howard had missed out on a nod. Terrence stars as Taraji’s character’s husband Lucious Lyon.

"I can't do the show by myself,” Taraji told the Los Angeles Times. “There are writers who are giving us these great story lines. It's just wrong. Terrence is my sparring partner. Cookie is nothing without Lucious. She is nothing without her family."

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