Taraji P. Henson was destined to be Cookie Lyon. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer of Empire, Danny Strong, revealed that Henson received the coveted part of the fierce and confident character in less than 60 seconds.
All the famed actress had to do was pretty much show up to the casting call, because as soon as the Washington D.C. native read the first few lines of the script, she snagged the role.
“About 30 seconds into Taraji being Cookie, Lee whispered to me, ‘She’s Cookie right?’” Strong said. “Then [Lee said to Henson]: ‘All right bitch, you got the part.’”
During a recent interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the Academy Award nominee stated that she and Cookie are now one. “She’s stolen my identity! No one ever calls me by my name anymore. They call me ‘Cookie.'”
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