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 the award-wining “Hustle & Flow,” tells ET Online, Cookie is by far her most favorite character:

“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.”

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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