Last year at this time, none of us knew what Empire was or what it could be or even how big it was going to become. So it’s only fit to end 2015 with USA Today naming Empire’s own Taraji P. Henson as their annual Entertainer Of The Year. Even before Empire, Henson had a very full and versatile career, appearing in TV series like Person of Interest, Boston Legal and movies like Hustle & Flow and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But audiences truly got to know and love Henson when she embodied the role of the sassy and sophisticated Cookie Lyon on Empire.
As for Taraji herself, she’s looking to explore life outside the Empire universe with some movie roles during hiatus. “I’m trying to capitalize on the success and get more business,” she told USA Today. “I’m looking to create more opportunities for other young artists coming up behind me, because I can’t do this forever.”