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‘Empire’: Adam Rodriguez On Romancing Cookie

Lucious Lyon, you snooze (you lie, you cheat, you manipulate), you lose Cookie!

That’s the message Adam Rodriguez – who will join Season 2 of “Empire” as Laz Delgado, a club promoter/former EMT and love interest for Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) – has for Terrence Howard’s now-jailed music mogul.

“Lucious should’ve done a better job treating Cookie like the wonderful woman that she is,” Adam told Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover of romancing Cookie. “Laz Delgado has a real clear picture about who Cookie is and how special she is, and he’s gonna treat her that way.”

Adam and Taraji have played lovers before, in 2009’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” and the actor had nothing but praise for his co-star.

“I have had the pleasure once before, yes. We get along great… I am super excited to be opposite her as soon as we can get this thing going,” he said. “She’s just the best. So much fun, such a great person. When we did the last movie we just had nonstop laughs and the chemistry was great. We definitely have chemistry.

“We were doing kissing scenes when they weren’t even written,” he joked.

The actor – who will soon return to the big screen in “Magic Mike XXL” – said he doesn’t know Terrence in real life, but he’s excited to work with him.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know him,” he told Billy and Kit.

Adam will begin shooting “Empire” in August. The show’s second season will premiere on September 23.

Erin O’Sullivan

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