Empire actress Taraji P Henson after winning at the Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Cookie Lyon

Golden Globe winner Taraji P Henson is all dressed up and ready to bring all of her fierceness to Cookie Lyon, when the second part of Empire returns to FOX (125) on Thursday, 31 March at 21:00.

And as we close our celebrations of International Women’s Month, we’ve decided to dedicate our last Women Crush Wednesday, to Miss Henson.

We’ve been fans of Taraji’s work for years! She’s given incredible performances in Hustle & Flow and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. And we enjoyed her work in Something New, Top Five, The Family that Preys and the Think Like A Man movies. 

But it’s her role as Cookie Lyon that makes us feel she’s more than just an actress, and actually someone we can call our BFF.

As we celebrate Taraji P Henson today, here are some of our favourite Taraji moments.

Her red-carpet style.

Being acknowledged for bringing Cookie Lyon to life. 

Rocking out with her son, Marcel.

Her love and respect for Empire co-star Terrence Howard. It was after all Taraji, who insisted on only doing the role of Cookie, if Terrence is cast as Lucious.

Grab the popcorn and settle in for a night of great entertainment with FOX on Thursdays at 21:00 for Empire.