Taraji P. Henson ESSENCE Cover

Taraji P. Henson has done it again.

The real-life Cookie Lyon is breathtaking and effortlessly beautiful on the November 2015 cover of Essence Magazine. Taraji has been on her game since before landing a starring role in the now critically-acclaimed Empire series and she’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

Less than a month after snagging her first daytime Emmy award nomination for best lead actress in a drama series, Ms. Henson is owning this cover spot and opening up about wanting people to get to know her career as an actress beyond Empire. She had this to say about new fans who are impressed by what they’ve seen from her on the show thus far.

“Even though people are just now finding me as Cookie, thank God for Netflix because people are so moved by my performance they’re like, ‘Where has she been?’ I’ve always said I want to do the type of work that people study.”

Taraji also spoke on the importance of perfecting her craft in a world full of reality TV “actors.”

“These kids are thinking they can do reality TV and come and do this craft that I studied, sweated and grinded. People forget it’s a craft because it’s so pop now…Can they make me believe the words coming out of their mouth?”

With both Academy and Emmy award nominations on her lengthy list of accomplishments that also includes a host of memorable movie roles and television stints, Taraji is well on her way to becoming a consistent household name for years to come.

Who’s ready for the newest episode of Empire tomorrow? We can’t wait!

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