*”There were cookies on the table,” explained “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson backstage at last night’s Golden Globes after winning for Best Actress in a TV Drama.
In honor of her “Empire” character Cookie Lyon, Henson collected the cookies on her table and began handing them out to random people en route to accept her award.
Asked if her win was a statement about race or opportunities for black women, she said: “I think there’s room for all of us. I think what people are witnessing [with me] is someone who waited their turn.”
Asked about the role, she talked about her initial hesitation to portray Cookie Lyon.
“I was very nervous when I received the script. She wasn’t the most likable character. I’ve played some pretty edgy ones, but… she beat her son with a broom. She called one son a ‘faggot.’ It was scary. But I’m the type of artist where if the role doesn’t scare me, I don’t want it.”
Henson also rejected the suggestion that “Empire’s” gay storylines have alienated viewers.
“That’s nonsense,” she said. “And our numbers speak for themselves.”
With that she She then raised her trophy to all of her “haters” and bounced.