Taraji P. Henson Talks ‘Alter Ego’ Cookie and Gives Hints to Season 3 of ‘Empire’

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You know you’ve made it when people dress their pets as your character. Taraji P. Henson, who plays the wonderfully sassy Cookie Lyon on the hit FOX show Empire, should know.

Henson covers Entertainment Weekly and told the mag, “I’ve gotten people dressing their dogs up like Cookie, cats up like Cookie… Cookie has all kinds of fans, all.”

The actress, who nabbed a Golden Globe for the role in January, added, “I get it. She’s my alter ego — we all need a Sasha Fierce [Beyoncé’s alter-ego].”


Empire Season 3 premieres Sept. 21 on FOX, and Henson hints that the season will be about “light vs. dark. You’ll see Lucius go to a much darker place, and Jamal bringing in the light. And Cookie is literally about self this time. I mean, she’s really finding herself.” Watch the interview with EW below!