Her Pre-Empire career:
It was quiet, it was a quiet success. I could still live. Now it’s like …
Prepping for her career:
I always studied Bette Davis. When I did my first film, Baby Boy, [director] John Singleton’s mother called me ‘Bette Davis Eyes.’ So I bought Bette’s entire collection. She can say so much with her eyes. It all bubbles under the surface. The best actors I’ve worked with in life said, ‘If you’re going to steal, steal from the best.’
Her Empire co-star Terrence Howard telling her that she’d become “an icon in two weeks”:
I was like, ‘Huh?’ Then I got on Twitter and was like, ‘You’re right.’ I’ve seen babies dressed up like Cookie, men dressed up like Cookie, dogs dressed up like Cookie.
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