Taraji P. Henson has skyrocketed to everyone’s favorite tv character as Cookie Lyon on Empire because of her ‘momma don’t take no mess’ attitude. But in a recent interview with People, the actress says she didn’t want that role to turn into a caricature.

“Growing up, it was rare for me to see a woman that looked like me that inspired me,” the actress, 44, says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “So it was very important for me to portray Cookie. I didn’t want to [screw] it up.”

“She’s such a powerhouse, so I was very delicate with her,” says Henson. “She can be really bigger than life, so I took very good care into making her someone that people could identify with – a real person, not just a caricature who could be sassy and roll her neck.”

Some might say that Cookie is definitely a caricature and then some, but others just see her as someone who is relatable because she’s a black woman who’s ride or die for her loved ones.


Clutchettes, do you think Henson’s character is a caricature?

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