Taraji P. Henson Is Ready for Cookie To Get Killed

Published On March 23, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

Actress Taraji P Henson won’t be playing Cookie for the popular FOX series ‘Empire’ much longer because she admittedly finds her character to be “emotionally draining.”

The famous ‘Hidden Figures’ actress has played the role of Cookie Lyon on the musical drama series since back in 2015 and the show has already been picked up for its fourth-coming season. It is likely to be aired at the end of 2017 or spring of 2018.

However, Ms. Henson says that she really isn’t sure just how long she will continue to play the character because playing Cookie seems to take a toll on her.

“I could not do this forever. No. Cookie wears me out!” she told Variety. “She is emotionally all over the place. Those writers, they just keep pushing my emotions with every episode. By the 18th episode (of each season), I’m dead. I got to get far away. I don’t wear animal print. I cut my hair into a bob. I don’t wear a weave because I’ve got to get as far away from Cookie as possible.”

The 46-year-old mother of one also knows that her passion for the role will eventually wear off and she wants to leave on a good note, which is something that she admits to learning from the cast of ‘Sex and the City.’

“You’ve got to know when to go out. You don’t want to overstay your welcome,” she explained. “You want to be remembered as the number one show on network… I’m going to lose my passion, I know me. And Cookie is enough. I can’t do that for so long.”

Henson also says that she prefers doing film more than TV anyway, because TV has more of a corporate feel where too many voices are involved.

“Sometimes, my characters feel schizo (schizophrenic) on television because there are so many opinions and so much input,” she said. “That’s why I like film a little better. One writer, one director, one (studio) head. Not all those voices.”

So, what are your thoughts on this news? Think Cookie will die next season?  Comment below and tell us what you’re thinking.

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