When interviewed at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, the 'Empire' actor opened up about his reaction to the end of his musical drama series, and explained why he would trade acting with activism.

AceShowbiz - Terrence Howard wants to do "something for humanity", after he announced plans to ditch acting for activism.

The actor made his retirement announcement during an interview with TV show Extra earlier this month, revealing there are other things he wants to do with his life.

"I'm done with acting. I'm done pretending," he said. "I'm just focusing on bringing truth to the world."

Speaking to the publication at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, the "Empire" star opened up about the decision, explaining: "I've spent 37 years pretending to be people... I think it's time just to be Terry for a while."

"I've got my book, 'One Times One Equals Two', so I want to go out and promote, teach the new geometry," the Oscar nominee continued. "We are the only creatures in the universe that spend our day watching each other with all our great potential... I think I would like to spend the rest of my life doing something better for humanity, utilising my brain for something other than memorising someone's lines."

Terrence, 50, went on to reveal his relief that the hit Fox musical drama series is coming to an end, sharing: "(Show co-creator) Lee Daniels called me and he said, 'How many more do you want to do?' and I said 'None'."

"He said, 'Okay, good, 'cause we're thinking about this being the final one,' and I said, 'Thank God, 'cause, my character has never had a good day'."

"Empire"'s sixth and final season will premiere on Tuesday.

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