Before the final season of Empire returns to Fox on Tuesday (Sept. 24), Taraji P. Henson has shared her thoughts on her character Cookie Lyon and the impact the series has made on her career.
“Cookie has meant so much to me,” the 49-year-old said to Entertainment Weekly. “She gave me a second life in this industry and made me a pop star in my 40s. Cookie was a movement. Long after I’m gone, people will be talking about Cookie.”
As the television drama enters season six following five seasons of intense storylines and character developments, viewers were left with Cookie not willing to be by Lucious’ (played by Terrence Howard) side as he decided to go on the run.
“[A] lot of drama is coming your way, just like Empire is known to do,” the actress said.
She spoke briefly about her television son Jussie Smollett (who plays Jamal) not returning for season six. “We miss him immensely,” the award-winning actress said. Jamal’s absence is to be explained that he is moving to London as a newlywed.
Entertainment Weekly also reports that the Empire creative team has worked on unveiling an eye-popping final series.
“This is the end of a great legacy,” the new co-host of the daytime talk show The Tea Talk said. “Everybody is putting their best foot forward to bring it down with a bang.”