She came to slay, topless. Empire’s leading lady, Taraji P. Henson, aka Cookie, is oozing with confidence and sex appeal in her new cover shoot where she poses topless.
The 45-year-old actress says of her larger than life role,
Cookie has all kinds of fans, all. I get it. She’s my alter ego — we all need a Sasha Fierce [Beyoncé’s alter-ego]. This is the right role at the right time, which is what it takes sometimes to break out a really special performer.
On her upcoming film Hidden Figures, in which she plays real-life NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, Taraji says,
This is my first time carrying a show and then going to carry a movie. That’s a lot. It’s so stressful, and I had to really check myself because it’s so easy to take for granted when you get to a certain level. Like check yourself because people pray to be here.
If you can’t get enough of Taraji, the third season of Empire airs Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. and her new memoir, Around the Way Girl will be released Oct. 11th.