Yesha Callahan

Taraji P. Henson: ‘I Didn’t Grow Up Seeing Women ‘That Looked like Me’ on TV’




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?

  1. August 14, 2015 - Reply

    ….says every black actress.

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