(L-R) Actors Taraji P. Henson, Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel and Executive Producer Jonathan Nolan speak during the 'Person of Interest' panel during the CBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

*Producers of CBS’ new fall drama “Person of Interest” can’t say enough about their Academy Award-nominated cast member Taraji P. Henson.

Based on a screenplay by J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Alias”) and show creator Jonathan Nolan, the series follows mysterious billionaire Mr. Finch (“Lost’s” Michael Emerson) who develops a computer program that can predict future crime victims.  Finch hires Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former CIA agent presumed to be dead, to help stop those crimes, using Finch’s agency resources and tech savvy.

Henson, who plays a police officer, says of her character: “She served two tours in Iraq. She is the heart. There are police officers that can be quite cynical because you see enough dead bodies in a day, you gotta laugh to keep from crying. She’s more of a caring police officer. Not that all police officers don’t care. But she won’t crack the joke, or, you know, she gets a little more emotionally involved with some of the people that she’s she interacts with. And she’s chasing this guy in a suit, which she’s already identified him as an ex-army person of some sort. So she identifies with that, and that’s what drives her to find out who this guy is.”

In the bonus audio below, Henson describes her first reaction after reading the “Person of Interest” script for the first time.

Taraji Henson on being cast in the CBS drama ‘Person of Interest’ by CherieNic

“Person of Interest” premieres Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. on CBS. Watch the trailer below.