Taraji P. Henson‘s most recent role in Empire as sassy, business savvy Cookie, the strong matriarch who’s ready to reclaim her business and her family, is what we’ve been missing. And the sole reason (for now) that I’ll be tuning in each week.
The new FOX soap opera-style drama is about a rich black music industry family––think the Gordys––who are pitted against one another as the three sons (Jussie Smollett as Jamal, Trai Byers as Andre and Bryshere Y. Gray as Hakeem) compete to replace their father Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard) as CEO.
Now no shade to the other actors playing alongside the Oscar-nominated actress, because it does seem like every person starring in this series was born to play their role, but Taraji dominates. Period.
It’s clear that every woman sees herself, in some way, in Cookie. Whether they channel the confidence the matriarch possesses or the determination that she has, or even her guilt, there’s not one person watching that can honestly say they don’t relate to queen bee of the series.