Empire: Taraji P. Henson on wanting to play new characters
The actress is more in demand than ever before
Taraji P. Henson is in the midst of the busiest time of her career thanks to the third season of Empire (premiering Sept. 21), an autobiography called Around the Way Girl (due Oct. 11), and this winter’s highly anticipated movie Hidden Figures. All these newfound opportunities lead to an inevitable question: How long does she want to be play Cookie on the Fox hit?
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Henson adds, “I love features ’cause it’s a chance for everybody to remember she’s a character actress, not just Cookie.”
And there are personalities Henson still wants to portray. Says the actress: “I haven’t played a superhero yet, I haven’t played a psycho character yet. I want to play a man, like I want to really disappear. I have so much to do.”