68th Emmy Awards: Taraji Henson Lead Actress In A Drama Series For Empire – Facts You Need To Know

68th Emmy Awards: Taraji Henson Lead Actress In A Drama Series For Empire – Facts You Need To Know
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Taraji P Henson has been nominated for best actress in a drama series for her role in “Empire.” The 45-year-old actress brings alive Cookie on television screens.


The Lyon family matriarch is loved all over the world including having huge fans in the Obamas. The Fox drama series Empire is a hip-hop take on the soap opera format and has 16 million fans.

She is vying with actresses like Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder), Claire Danes (Homeland), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Keri Russel (The Americans) and Robin Wright (House of Cards), according to Hollywood Reporter.

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“I’ve gotten people dressing their dogs up like Cookie, cats up like Cookie,” says the Empire star. She spoke to Entertainment Weekly after she got a nomination, she also did a photoshoot.

Taraji Henson won a Golden Globe for playing Cookie Lyon in January. This is her second consecutive nomination in this category and third overall. Cookie has become one of the most iconic TV characters of the past decade.

And there are personalities Henson still wants to portray. Says the actress: “I haven’t played a superhero yet, I haven’t played a psycho character yet. I want to play a man, like I want to really disappear. I have so much to do.”

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The actress was born to African-American parents in Washington, D.C., on Sep.11, 1970. Taraji Henson now wants to play new characters like a superhero,  a psycho character, a man, etc.

The African-American actress is in the peak of her career with Empire Season 3 to premiere on Sep.21. Her autobiography titled “Around the Way Girl” will release on Oct.11.

Besides, Taraji’s highly anticipated movie, “Hidden Figures” will hit theaters in winter, she also has an endorsement with MAC cosmetics. The mother-of-one plays a NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in the film.

The actress who has a degree in theatre from Howard University acted in “Smart Guy,” her first professional gig. She went on to act in “Sister, Sister,” and also “Homicide: Life on the Streets.”

Taraji acted in “Bad Boys” and “Hustle and Flow” in 2004. She played Brad Pitt’s mother in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008. She won nominations for both Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations.

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