‘Empire’ cast channels ‘inner Cookie’

Our favorite show, “Empire,” may be on hiatus, but that isn’t stopping the cast from channeling their favorite character, played by Taraji P. Henson. They call it their inner Cookie, and she’s all all about fame and fortune.

FOX’s “Empire” centers on a strong-willed music family led by ruthless patriarch Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, and his smart and sassy ex-wife Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson.

Cookie’s style, attitude and confidence have helped her become one of the show’s fan-favorite characters, and earned Henson a Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama.

Even the “Empire” cast loves them some Cookie.

Gabourey Sidibe: “I have had to go all Cookie on people every now and then. It’s really, really good to have that in your back pocket. And the thing is, like, it’s not that people get scared of you. They are just too tired to argue with you. People are too tired to argue with Cookie because she’s relentless, and so that’s the power of Cookie.”

In fact, channeling the fun and fiery character is hard to resist for most of the cast.

Ta’Rhonda Jones: “Oh, yeah. I think everybody has a little bit of Cookie in them. One thing I can say, I kind of picked up on is Cookie’s fashion. Like, I’m always making sure I’m on point.”

Cookie attitude is key.

Grace Gealey: “You know what’s funny? Now, you probably won’t see me being very forward with a lot of people in public just because of our position and stuff, but there are times when I kind of have to shut some people down because they can’t separate character and person.”

The guys disagree. Hmm. Maybe it’s a woman thing.

Actor Trai Byers says he can’t get away with that kind of drama.

Trai Byers: “Like, back in the day when, I was young. I’m not a kid anymore.”

While the show’s on hiatus, one thing’s for sure: It seems fans and the fab cast can’t resist a little Cookie in real life.

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