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Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis are experiencing their moments, years after their careers got started. The two actresses, both in their 40’s have both been working steadily for years in movies and are both Oscar nominees in previous years.

But its been their starring roles in television that have helped them achieve the biggest successe of their careers. Henson, of course is starring as Cookie in Empire, while Davis is headlining How To Get Away With Murder as Annalise Keating.

This week, the actresses were on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter and part of a roundtable that included other TV actresses – The Honorable Woman’Maggie Gyllenhall, The Affair’s Ruth Wilson, Masters Of Sex’s Lizzy Caplan and American Horror Story’s Jessica Lange and others. Henson and Davis are the only actresses in the group with lead roles on primetime, network shows. violataraji

Click over for clips from their interviews where they talked about onscreen sex, racism, roles and rising to their opportunities.

This year’s Emmy nominees will be announced July 16th.

Viola Davis:

Taraji P. Henson:

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