Yes, that’s Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire) on Fox’s new TV drama, Empire. His character, Puma, reconnects with his old friend Cookie, portrayed by Oscar nominated actress Taraji P. Henson. They run into each other on a farm of all places. Puma runs a horse farm, and he looks fine doing it in jeans and a flannel.
When Puma and Cookie sit down inside, Puma tells it straight. He tells Cookie, “Lucious is a son of a bitch for having you go down for him.” Cookie is being coerced to testify against her murderous ex-husband Lucious, CEO of Empire Entertainment. Will the run-in with Puma affect her decision? Empire airs Wednesday nights at 9pm on FOX.