We’ll gladly “take those Cookies”…
Taraji P. Henson For W Magazine
In addition to looking bangin’, she’s also dishing on her critically acclaimed role as Cookie on “Empire” and revealing that initially she wasn’t interested.
“I was like, This is stupid. hip-hop—dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. Then I was like, oh, oh. Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh!
And then that fear thing comes up. Like Ok, well this is really a challenge. Then I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, Cookie, we’re going to piss so many people off!’
But then once I wrapped my mind around how to deal with Cookie. Tell her truth. Tell the “why” she is this woman, why she hits her son with a broom. If you stick to the truth, people will love her.
[People] want Cookie. They see her heart. They see her intentions. And they love her style—her style is 17 years behind the fashion curve, which makes the clothes a character on the show. As Cookie grows, you’ll see her fashion grow. And people love that—she’s a work in progress. The only thing that never changes is her spirit: To me, Cookie is living, breathing, walking truth.”
And before helming Lee Daniels’ hit show, she wanted to play the lead role in Precious.
“Lee wanted me for the thin, pretty teacher in Precious. And I was like, ‘Well, I want to play Precious—because that’s the role in this piece.’ Lee thought I was nuts. I was like, ‘Look, they turned Charlize Theron into a monster! I could be this girl!’ When I think about that now, it was such a Cookie move.
She also had these words for people who think Cookie’s a “stereotype” and “poor representation” of black women:
When I hear that Cookie is a bad representation of black women, I don’t get involved. Maybe Cookie makes you uncomfortable because she reminds you of yourself. People miss the bigger picture when they start judging.
Not only would I never be offered a character like Cookie in a movie, but she doesn’t exist. Cookie is bold and crazy, and she loves the struggle. She is the american dream.
Sit down Cookie Lyon haters!
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