2015 Emmy Awards: Taraji P. Henson Is the American Dream

We have one hot Cookie on our hands.

Empire star Taraji P. Henson arrived in a midnight black, custom Alexander Wang gown to the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. The structured bodice of the dress is fastened at the shoulders with chain-link straps, cascading down into a translucent train that the Outstanding Lead Actress nominee had way too much fun showing off.

Henson told red carpet correspondent Ryan Seacrest that she was fearful that audiences would have difficulty receiving her Empire character at the start of the series.

“The character is so powerful … they’re either gonna love her or hate her.”

The actress found that fans began to empathize with Cookie once they became aware of the pain in her history. “Cookie represents the American dream,” she told Seacrest. “She came from nothing and she built an empire.”

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