Taraji P. Henson, star of Fox’s Empire as the wildly frank ex-con Cookie, showed her glamorous side in W magazine, proving we all should probably step up our respective games.

In the corresponding article, Henson admitted that her soap opera-esque character’s wardrobe is almost as important as her own acting chops.

“They want Cookie,” Henson declared. “They see her heart. They see her intentions. And they love her style—her style is 17 years behind the fashion curve, which makes the clothes a character on the show. As Cookie grows, you’ll see her fashion grow. And people love that—she’s a work in progress. The only thing that never changes is her spirit: To me, Cookie is living, breathing, walking truth.”

As for her career, the Oscar nominated actress is happy, even though she didn’t win the Academy award for her turn as Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

“I lost, but it was the best time of my life,” Henson declared. “Brad and Angelina rushed up to me and said, ‘Are you okay?’ I was like, ‘Yes! Can I get some more wine?!’ They were more concerned about my name not being called than I was.”

Henson and crew are set to begin filming season two of Empire this summer. Yay!


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Images via W magazine.

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