Taraji P. Henson, infamously known for her role as Cookie Lyon, the ex-convict wife of Lucious Lyon in American TV series Empire, scooped Best Actress (Drama) at the Golden Globes Awards.
In an interview, the actress disclosed that although she never paid too much attention to awards she felt honoured anytime she was singled out for an award. “I work really hard…we work hard as a cast and crew and it’s just a nice treat when your efforts are being honoured,” she disclosed.
In Empire, Cookie features as the influential wife of music mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), who sometimes resorts to foul means to get a piece of the music empire her husband built while she did time in jail. Asked how she was able to maintain the influence of her character in the series, the actress responded: “I just keep doing what I’m doing. That’s what got me here…so I’m not gonna change anything.”
While receiving her award, Teraji, who has played several respectable roles in many films added she was surprised none of those roles had won her the award. “Who knew that playing ex-convict would take me all around the globe…I thought it would be ‘Queenie’…my character from ‘Karate Kid’ but it’s Cookie who spent 17 years in jail for selling crack.”
Season 3 of the award-winning television series is due to start this March.