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Empire star, Taraji P. Henson has state that she almost didn’t take her role in the award winning TV series when she was initially contacted.

According to her, she felt the role was too similar to other characters that she had played and could easily make her become a Hollywood stereotype.

Since taking the role, Taraji has been praised for her portrayal of the tough music business executive, Cookie.

In an interview with U.S. chat show, The Talk, on Wednesday, the star said “I’ve been deemed as the edgy one in Hollywood sometimes.

“In your career, when you’re building, you’re trying not to pigeonhole yourself and so I’ve been the girl in the hood, I’ve been the pregnant prostitute, I’ve done the woman that could be stereotypical and so Cookie scared me.

“But the beauty in studying the craft is you don’t judge those characters. You find a way to make people empathise. Now, if I played her loud and sassy all the time people will go, ‘She’s a stereotype’. You don’t connect, but if you play the why the person is the way that she is then the character is not a stereotype. Then you are allowed to identify with her choices because you see her as a real person.”

Author: Yemi Olarinre