Empire star Terrence Howard says he's looking forward to being Terry for a moment & # 39; after the hit FOX show has ended.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, the 50-year-old star also called for actors to have better access to mental health care and compared his job with that of a soldier.
The Cleveland resident also defended co-star Jussie Smollett – who was arrested for carrying out a fake attack on himself in January – and said the greatest moment of his life so far was a visit to Disneyland that he made with his family on Monday. .
Howard spoke after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and on the day the sixth and final season of Empire premiered.
Actor Terrence Howard tells DailyMailTV that he & # 39; is looking forward to being Terry & # 39; after his hit FOX show Empire ends
He says he is looking forward to filming the last 15 episodes of Empire and then settling down with his third wife Mira Park and two young children
Howard dedicated the honor to his mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and said, "That they recognize me means that as long as there's a Hollywood Boulevard, I'll be reminded of what I did."
& # 39; My great-great-grandmother Minnie Gentry was an actress, my grandmother Margery Hopkins was an actress and singer, my mother Marina Howard wanted to be an actor.
& # 39; So today I felt that I had received an honor for all their dreams together. That's how it was for me. & # 39;
Howard also described the prize as & # 39; payback time & # 39; for all the sacrifices he made during his career and said that actors need more help with mental health to be able to handle the horrors they display on screen.
He told DailyMailTV: “They don't offer mental health care to actors as a whole, even though we may have to see our sons commit 20 times with the different takes.
& # 39; We have to go home and say, & # 39; & # 39; life is OK & # 39; & # 39 ;. Our body does not recognize that this is just acting and therefore actors have the greatest tendency to have substance abuse, emotional or personality conflict issues, and yet there is no mental health aid for us.
& # 39; When someone leaves the front lines of a war zone, many soldiers have PTSD, a post-traumatic stress disorder, because of what they have seen.
& # 39; Well, that's what I feel like actors go through every day and then we are expected to go outside and be normal, keep smiling and imitating ourselves instead of being who we really are and putting those things out to press.
& # 39; We don't understand that. I would love to have the opportunity to be Terry. & # 39;
The 50-year-old star compared his job as an actor with that of a soldier and said that actors suffer from PTSD. He said he was looking forward to putting his Lucious Lyons character to bed (pictured with the cast of Empire)
Howard said he loves his former co-star Jussie Smollet, who played his son in the show, and & # 39; wishes the best for him & # 39; but don't know whether to believe the actor or the police
Howard, who has been married three times and now lives with his third wife Mira Pak in Philadelphia, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and underwent a difficult upbringing, with his father sent to prison for manslaughter for what the & # 39; Santa Line Slaying & # 39; was named & # 39; when he was only two.
Howard was talking after he got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week
After his father Tyrone was released from prison after 11 months, his parents divorced and split his time between Cleveland and Los Angeles after his mother moved to California.
His career began with a role as Jackie Jackson in the ABC mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream in 1992, shortly after he met and married first wife Lori McCommas whom he divorced in 2003 and remarried in 2005 before divorcing.
Small TV and music video roles followed, but only in 2005 did he really explode in the acting scene with Hustle & Flow – a film about an aspiring rapper who later won an Oscar for the best original song.
His best-known role came in 2008 as Colonel Rhodes in Iron Man, followed by stints on Broadway, in Law & Order: Los Angeles and, finally, Empire.
Howard said: & # 39; I think I've spent enough time in this industry. I have been playing for 37 years and I am almost 51 years old.
& # 39; I would like to know who I am and want to be an authentic person for the rest of my life. & # 39;
He told DailyMailTV: & I went to Disneyland with my children yesterday and we had no security, we had no escort.
& # 39; We stood in line and it was great. We spoke during the 30 to 40 minutes that were needed to get on the ride. And I had my glasses on, there were a few people who took a look, but because we didn't do much about it, nobody else did that.
& # 39; For the first time I was Terry with his family. And that was the best moment I have ever had in the last 20 years of my life. & # 39;
Family man: the father of four said the best day of his life was exactly on Monday when he went to Disneyland to spend time with his wife and two young children
Not only does Howard plan to spend more time with his family, he also intends to focus on a different passion – science – and has devised a series of controversial theories, including that gravity is not a force. effect & # 39; is.
He told DailyMailTV that conventional science such as Isaac Newton's gravity law and Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is wrong and needs to be replaced.
& # 39; Einstein, Newton and all scientists from the last 200 years have put their entire lives in gravity as their God.
& # 39; What I did (his physics modeling project) One Square World is that I placed these simulations there to place gravity, to place Einstein, to rest Newton for good because we need a new geometry. & # 39;
Before that happens, he returns to Chicago to make 15 more episodes of Empire, coming back without Smollett written after the fake attack.
Howard said he didn't know whether to believe Smollett or the police version, but insisted: & I love him and I wish the best for him & # 39 ;.
He is also looking forward to putting his Lucious Lyons character to bed and telling DailyMailTV that, like Jesus, he needs to do more.
He said: & We have made five episodes and we still have 15 to go and then I will finally be able to let this Lucious character fall asleep and rest once and for all and I can continue my life.
& # 39; I have been grateful to FOX and grateful to fans around the world who watched him, but Jesus was also a really good carpenter, but he knew he needed to do more. & # 39;
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