|Young Cookie Empire Ajiona Alexus|
Actress, Ajiona Alexus Brown plays the Loretha "Cookie" Lyon on Empire flashbacks on the show's third season. We love the show's amazing team for introducing us to so many new talented stars. Ajiona is an actress and singer, best known for her role as De'anna on The Rickey Smiley Show. The Alabama native has a substantial amount of pressure on her with Taraji P. Henson setting the bar very high.
Ajiona was born on March 16, 1996 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She moved to Birmingham when she was 3-years-old. In past interviews, Taraji P. Henson has reminded us that she's a professionally trained actress thanks to Howard University's Department of Theatre Arts. Similar to Henson, Alexus has years of professional training and experience.
|Who Plays Young Loretha Cookie Lyon On Empire? Ajiona Alexus|
Ajiona began acting in theatre plays when she was very young. At the age of 8, she delivered her first monologue on stage. Her parents noticed how talent their baby girl was and enrolled her in acting and dance classes. In the 7th grade, she became a student at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
Portraying Cookie Lyon as a teenager will definitely lead to additional opportunities. The actress also loves rapping and performing spoken word. We would love to see a spinoff series based on the Lyon's younger years. Ajiona will show the world Loretha Lyon before she spent those 17 years in prison and we can't wait!