Here are just a few reasons why Henson deserves to go home with an Emmy this weekend.
1. You Can’t Ignore Cookie
Between the in-your-face fashion and cutting one-liners, you can’t miss Cookie in one single scene of Empire.
"It’s like fashion on crack!" Henson told ETonline of her character’s wardrobe in February. "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."
2. Fierceness is Part of the Appeal
Henson knows that one of the reasons her character is so beloved is because she’s both fiercely loyal and ferociously real.
"I think that's why the audience is really taking a liking to her because she's a fair girl!" she said. "You know what you're dealing with when you're talking to Cookie."
If the actress were to win, she would share the victory with her onscreen family, including the actors who play her sons: Trae Byers, Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray, as well as Terrence Howard, who portrays Cookie’s estranged ex-husband Lucious Lyon.
"Cookie can't do this show by herself you know," Henson said of her nomination. "I guess I will be the champion if that were to happen. but I would totally be taking it for the team."
6. One for the History Books
If Henson does take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series on Sunday, it would be a historic victory, as no black actress has ever won the award. Henson’s character would certainly be more than happy to help make some history.
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