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  • The Cast Showoff: Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Grey, whose stage name is Yazz, are both musicians in real life.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Taraji P. Henson revealed that the rest of the cast didn't know she'd be wearing a lace corset under her jacket in the infamous scene where Lucious announces the date of his marriage to Anika to the family at a private dinner party. The shocked reactions from the other members when Cookie opened her jacket were genuine.
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  • Fan Nickname: "Boo Boo Kitty" for Anika. Cookie only called her this once in the pilot, but fans, especially those who love Cookie and hate Anika, quickly took to it. This would later serve as an Ironic Echo in the Season 1 finale.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Anyone who was correct about Anika pushing Rhonda down the stairs.
    • The minute Andre said it was Harper Scott, who revealed Lucious's mother being alive, Lucious was on that "handled" mindset.
  • Money, Dear Boy: The series was originally supposed to be a feature film project until Whitney Cummings pointed out to Lee Daniels that his film projects brought him lots of critical acclaim but little financial success. She pointed out that a network television project could be much more lucrative, prompting Daniels to retool the concept into one that could be sold to one of the major networks.
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson are only 13 years older than Jussie Smollett and Trai Byers, who play their children.
    • Smollett is actually a year older than Byers, who plays the elder brother.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor:
    • Macy Gray was supposed to have a storyline in connection to Hakeem, but was edited out due to her erratic behavior on set.
    • Jamal was written out of the final two episodes of Season 5 following Jussie Smollett's arrest in February 2019.
  • Romance on the Set: Grace Gealey and Trai Byers first met each other on set. They later married in 2016, with Gealey then taking Byers' surname.
  • Throw It In!: Taraji P. Henson improvised her nickname for Anika "Boo Boo Kitty", and the writers ran with it.
  • Troubled Production: Season 5 was thrust into a horrific conundrum after Jussie Smollett claimed to have been attacked and nearly lynched by right-wing extremists. After a while of receiving sympathy over the incident, Chicago police charged him with fabricating the entire incident over a pay dispute with the network; two men who were brought in for questioning were actually former extras from the show. The show's storylines were thrown into disarray as he needed to be hastily written out of the final two episodes of Season 5, and the possibility of Smollett's potential conviction will continue to have reverberations, as the producers continue to insist he wasn't the Tonight, Someone Dies victim the season had been building to.
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  • Word of God: According to Lee Daniels, Frank Gathers was a cannibal.


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