In the Season 4 fall finale episode of Empire, “Slave to Memory,” Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard) clap back. Together they come up with a plan to take down Diana Dubois (Phylicia Rashad) and her family once and for all. Meanwhile family friend Eddie Barker (Forest Whitaker) is wrapping up his tenure at Empire – with him is his stunning ex-wife Giselle.
Giselle is portrayed by Nicole Ari Parker. The Baltimore-born actress is known for her TV roles on Time After Time (Vanessa Anders), Rosewood (Kat), Murder in the First (D.A. Jacqueline Perez), Revolution (Sec. Justine Allenford), The Deep End (Susan Oppenheim), and Soul Food (Teri Joseph), among others. Parker is also recognized for her roles in the films Boogie Nights (Becky Barnett, see link above), Remember the Titans (Denzel Washington’s wife Carol), and Blue Streak with Martin Lawrence (Melissa Green). Fun fact: Parker is married to actor Boris Kodjoe (Resident Evil, Code Black). Empire airs Wednesdays at 8pm on FOX, right before Star.