'Empire' Star Taraji P. Henson On Cookie's Fierce Fashion and Sassiest Catchphrases
By Denny Directo
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Empire has quickly become TV's hottest new show. And at the center piece of the highly stylized drama is Cookie Lyon, one of the most delicious characters on television and the new queen of primetime.
Star Taraji P. Henson shines as Cookie, the outspoken ex-wife of hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), who's not only trying to reintegrate herself back into society, but also repair her relationship with her sons and reclaim her share of Empire Entertainment's massive success.
When ETonline chatted with Taraji she dished on what makes Cookie so fascinating and why she is easily one of her most favorite roles yet.
"It’s like fashion on crack!" Taraji says. "It’s high drama, I get to dress up and wear things I can’t afford or that I just wouldn’t buy because I’m cheap."
And what’s best Cookie-look she’s rocked so far?
"I think my favorite look from Cookie is this Alaia cat suit," she admits. "That's one of many." The actress also explained that the wardrobe on the show has helped her to create the character of Cookie and get into her head space. "I literally fall asleep in the [hair and make-up] chair and wake up Cookie," she adds.
Besides the fierce fashion and high drama Cookie inflicts, another reason fans just can't get enough is her unfiltered one-liners and sassy comments. While she may come off politically incorrect at times, Taraji explains that's part of Cookie's appeal-- she's a woman who speaks her mind. "She's real," the 44-year-old actress says.
"Most humans are so afraid to live in the now and really be their honest self because we're just so busy trying to please other people," Taraji continues. "That's why the audience relates to Cookie-- we all wish we could do that and say whatever the hell we were thinking."
With that being said, here's a look back at some of Cookie's most ridiculous, sassiest and amazing quotes of the series so far. Brace yourself, because here comes Cookie!
1. "The name's Cookie. Ask about me!"
2. "You messin' with the wrong bitch."
3. "You need to get La Cucaracha to clean up around here a bit."
4. "God, please do not withold your blessings, even from hoes that hire skanks to spy on me."
5. "Boo Boo Kitty, just 'cause I asked Jesus to forgive you, don't mean I do."
6. "Shut up, Dora."
7. "The streets ain't made for everybody. That's why they made sidewalks."
Watch our interview with her to find out which of these is Taraji's favorite Cookie-ism. And be sure to check back here every Wednesday for weekly recaps of Empire.