Black Hollywood: Actress Taraji P. Henson For People Magazine; “I Didn’t Grow Up Seeing Women ‘That Looked Like Me’ On TV”

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Actress Taraji P. Henson For People Magazine’s Pre-Emmy Issue

Actress Taraji P. Henson who’s currently starring as Cookie Lyon on Lee Daniels and Fox‘s, Empire is featured in People magazine.

Inside, she talks to Partick Gomez about Black women on television today versus 20/30 years ago and playing Cookie on the record breaking show.

Growing up, it was rare for me to see a woman that looked like me that inspired me,” the actress, 44, says. “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, whose portrayal of Cookie has garnered her an Emmy nomination for outstanding leading actress in a drama. “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.”

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