as a whole has just created a world and a very clearly defined world that's heightened and rich with drama and deception. What brings him to such an up-and-coming company like Lyon Dynasty?
Henson as Cookie Lyon and Ta' Rhonda Jones as Porsha in ' Empire.' (Photo: James Dimmock/FOX)“I would say that probably 80 percent is Cookie and maybe 20 percent is Taraji,” Henson says of how much of her own personality comes through.
The character’s wild wardrobe and even wilder zingers have become her trademark.
The entire cast of characters is delicious but there’s no denying one in particular has become a phenomenon: Cookie Lyon (“Yeah, that’s my name.
Take a bite”), the ex-inmate and ex-wife of music mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard). Henson – who received a Best Actress Emmy nomination for her role right out of the gate – Cookie is the scene-stealing queen of sass.“I think she is everybody’s spirit animal,” Henson told a small group of reporters following an Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (Middle Row) Grace Gealey as Anika, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (Top Row) Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P.
“She came out behind the curve ball of fashion, but for our second season, wow, we’re getting so much love from the fashion houses, it’s crazy.”“We’re also going to see more of her backstory,” Henson teased, “what that 17 years was like in prison.
We start to delve more into flashbacks.” love interests coming her way, Henson revealed to reporters, joking, “I live vicariously through her.”Season 2 picks up approximately three months after where we left off – with Lucious in jail for Bunkie’s murder (but, hey, at least he’s no longer dying).If you love Cookie’s over-the-top outfits, just wait until this season, when the formidable music maven (and occasional FBI informant) becomes a little more fashion forward.“Remember, she was in jail for 17 years, so she was a little rusty,” Henson told reporters of Cookie’s fashion sense.You're really clear about who you're rooting for and why you're rooting for them, and who you hate and why you hate them. We jumped right in with jokes and teasing each other, and just having some laughs and hopefully making some entertaining television. However long it takes for that to manifest into something, or whether or not it ever does is another story, but I think you know right away.In your experience does it make less awkward or more awkward to have history with someone who is playing your love interest? When you look at them in that first scene, you felt that chemistry – that was palpable.The family is what the story is about.”And if the Season 1 theme was all about who will inherit the kingdom, Season 2 finds the battle for Empire records still very much on, despite middle son Jamal taking over the family biz in the first-season finale, according to Chaiken.