TV Line has confirmed that Alfre Woodard has joined the cast on a recurring basis as Renee.
No, we're not kidding!
If you watch Empire online, you will know that Cookie's mother is rarely mentioned on the series, so it will be exciting to find out what really went wrong in the relationship.
The Fox hit utilizes flashbacks well, so we will likely get a whole lot of insight into what really happened.
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Woodard is a seasoned TV veteran who has appeared in the likes of Desperate Housewives, True Blood, Luke Cage and A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Empire closed out 2017 in shocking fashion with the return of Demi Moore's Nurse Claudia, who drugged Lucious and kidnapped him because she was under the impression she could carve out a relationship with him.