You love watching her on TV, but can you imagine being her?
Taraji P. Henson may have one of the most difficult jobs in show business, playing the insanely challenging role of Cookie on Fox's hit series Empire. And in a new interview, it definitely sounds like it’s taking a toll on her.
“I could not do this forever. No. Cookie wears me out!” she recently revealed to Variety. Which might sound confusing until she explains. “She drains me. She is emotionally all over the place. Those writers, they just keep pushing my emotions with every episode,"Taraji said.
"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.”
So then, how much longer can she keep up with the job? “Once it’s syndicated; and then I’m like, ‘Thank you. Goodnight!'”
“I learned this from the women of Sex and the City,” Henson admits. “You’ve got to know when to go out. You don’t want to overstay your welcome. You want to go out on a high. You want to be remembered as the number one show on network.
“I’m going to loose my passion, I know me. And Cookie is enough. I can’t do that for so long.”
The interview is full of candid admissions from the superstar actress on the nature of television and ratings, but perhaps the most impressive quote is about why the Hidden Figures star took the role of Cookie in the first place.
“I thought people would hate [Cookie],” says Henson, “[but] any role that scares me is a challenge and I don’t back away from challenges. That’s how I pick roles — if it scares me, I have to do it.”
Life lesson: face your fears, kids.