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If you get a kick out of watching Cookie act out on Fox’s runaway hit “Empire” as the feisty ex-wife of hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon, just imagine how much fun actress Taraji P. Henson is having playing the character.

Henson, who also starred alongside “Empire” co-star Terrence Howard (Lyon) in award-wining “Hustle & Flow,” tells ET Online, Cookie is by far her most favorite character.

Writes ET Online:

“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 [desiner Azzedine] 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.

Henson also says she enjoys dishing out the character’s one-liners:

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.”


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Here are three of our favorite Cookie’s outfits:

 Don’t tell PETA, but the lady loves her fur.

Killin’ it in a leopard-print dress.

What’s your favorite Cookie outfit? Let us know in comments.


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