Henson also admits that her personal style used to not be so far off from her character. "It took me a while to get on the chic bus," the 44-year-old actress quips. "I was coming from the era of Lil' Kim and Mary J. Blige, you know, ghetto fabulous. I came from nothing, I was deprived all my life, so when you get money, you go big!"
Cookie's character does hit pretty close to home, and not just because of her wardrobe. Henson says she based the outspoken leader of the Lyons family on her late father.
"He had no buffer. He spoke the truth. It's heroic because in this society we have been trained to be politically correct. Political correctness is bullsh**," she says. "If I ask you a question right now, the first thing that comes in your mind is the truth. But we've all be been trained to breathe, digest the question, and manipulate the answer. Cookie doesn't do that."