Taraji P. Henson is glamorous in a burgundy Alexander Wang dress for her Late Show appearance... before trying out a second look afterward

She had a busy day filled with talk show appearances ahead of her appearance in the final season of Fox's Empire.

Taraji P. Henson displayed her movie star glamour in a burgundy Alexander Wang dress as she arrived for a taping of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday.

The 49-year-old Hidden Figures star showed off a more casual outfit when she emerged from the studio later in the evening.

Red hot: Taraji P. Henson, 49, displayed her movie star glamour in a burgundy Alexander Wang dress as she arrived for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in Manhattan on Thursday

Red hot: Taraji P. Henson, 49, displayed her movie star glamour in a burgundy Alexander Wang dress as she arrived for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in Manhattan on Thursday

Taraji's simple yet elegant look featured a velvety dark red dress that showcased her svelte figure.

The outfit included a thigh-high slit that put her trim legs on display, though i was otherwise modest with its long sleeves.

The 5ft5in star paired the stunning dress with a set of pointy beige Brian Atwood heels.

She had her natural locks in a caramel shade and styled at an angle atop her head in tight curls.

Seeing red: Taraji's simple yet elegant look featured a velvety dark red dress that showcased her svelte figure
Legs for days: The outfit included a thigh-high slit that put her trim legs on display, though i was otherwise modest with its long sleeves

Seeing red: Taraji's simple yet elegant look featured a velvety dark red dress that showcased her svelte figure. The outfit included a thigh-high slit that put her trim legs on display, though i was otherwise modest with its long sleeves

Slender stems: The 5ft5in star paired the stunning dress with a set of pointy beige Brian Atwood heels

Slender stems: The 5ft5in star paired the stunning dress with a set of pointy beige Brian Atwood heels

No fuss: She had her natural locks in a caramel shade and styled at an angle atop her head in tight curls

No fuss: She had her natural locks in a caramel shade and styled at an angle atop her head in tight curls

Having a blast: Taraji put on a show outside the studio, stopping to wave and blow a kiss
Relaxed: After chatting about the upcoming Empire season, its sixth and final, she emerged from the studio with a completely different, more casual look

Having a blast: Taraji put on a show outside the studio, stopping to wave and blow a kiss. After chatting about the upcoming Empire season, its sixth and final, she emerged from the studio with a completely different, more casual look

Taraji put on a show outside the studio, stopping to wave and blow a kiss.

After chatting about the upcoming Empire season, its sixth and final, she emerged from the studio with a completely different, more casual look.

The What Men Want star strutted her stuff in a pink Gucci jacket adorned with cute black and white French Bulldogs and featuring red and green trim.

She toned down her earlier glamour, instead opting for a simple black tank top and matching black leggings that highlighted her trim figure.

Putting on a show: The What Men Want star strutted her stuff in a pink Gucci jacket adorned with cute black and white French Bulldogs and featuring red and green trim

Putting on a show: The What Men Want star strutted her stuff in a pink Gucci jacket adorned with cute black and white French Bulldogs and featuring red and green trim

Skin tight: She toned down her earlier glamour, instead opting for a simple black tank top and matching black leggings that highlighted her trim figure

Skin tight: She toned down her earlier glamour, instead opting for a simple black tank top and matching black leggings that highlighted her trim figure

Taraji couldn't help but point out her ultra comfy look to fans gathered outside.

She lifted one of her plain white slippers and pointed it out for onlookers.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button actress was visit Colbert to chat about the end of her melodrama Empire, which she stars on as the larger–than–life Cookie Lyon.

Her character emerged from a 17-year prison sentence at the beginning of the series, at which point she vied for influence in the record label started by her ex-husband Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard). 

Comfy casual: Taraji couldn't help but point out her ultra comfy look to fans gathered outside. She lifted one of her plain white slippers and pointed it out for onlookers

Comfy casual: Taraji couldn't help but point out her ultra comfy look to fans gathered outside. She lifted one of her plain white slippers and pointed it out for onlookers

The series was embroiled in controversy at the beginning of this year, when actor Jussie Smollett was indicted for allegedly faking a report of a hate crime.

The charges were later dropped against Smollett, but he was written out of the final episodes of season five.

Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney confirmed late last month that he also wouldn't return during the shows sixth and final season.

According to an interview with TVLine, Jussie's character will remain on his honeymoon in London for the duration of the season.

Coming soon: She chatted about Empire's final season, which will not feature Jussie Smollett (M), who was fired from the show earlier this year after being charged with faking a hate crime

Coming soon: She chatted about Empire's final season, which will not feature Jussie Smollett (M), who was fired from the show earlier this year after being charged with faking a hate crime

Taraji P. Henson is glamorous in a burgundy dress for Late Show appearance

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