7 Amazing Taraji P. Henson Quotes
Taraji P. Henson
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7 Amazing Taraji P. Henson Quotes


Everyone knows Empire's Cookie is basically the most quotable character on TV, but did you know the actress who plays her, Taraji P. Henson, has quite the way with words herself?

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In fact, we'd say Taraji is basically as quotable as the character who launched her into superstardom, and we have 7 interesting, inspiring, and just plain hilarious quotes to prove it.

Getting Deep on Human Nature

"Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it's up to us to choose which way we're going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side, it doesn't mean you have to continue your journey that way. You always have time to turn it around."

— To CinemaBlend

On Why Hollywood Needs to Stop With the Labeling

"At the end of the day, everybody understands love, loss, pain and heartbreak. That’s not a color. Just because it’s a predominantly black cast, it doesn’t mean you won’t understand the story. I just hate when things get labeled as 'black movies.'"

— To Collider

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On Criticism of Cookie

"Maybe Cookie makes you uncomfortable because she reminds you of yourself. People miss the bigger picture when they start judging."


On Dreams

"I was dreaming since I came out of the womb."

— To Bankrate

On Acting

"I’m not a selfish actor. I believe that it’s a team effort. You’re not in a scene by yourself."

— To Collider

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On Truth

" Political correctness is bull—t. If I ask you a question right now, the first thing that comes in your mind is the truth. But we've all been trained to breathe, digest the question, and manipulate the answer."

— To Harper's Bazaar

On Cookie

"I hate that bitch. She's stolen my identity! No one ever calls me by my name anymore. They call me 'Cookie.'"

— On Late Night With Seth Meyers

The next episode of Empire Season 2 airs on Wednesday November 4 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.

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