Empire’s Cookie Taraji P. Henson and Lyon in South Africa: See Pictues


Empire’s Taraji P. Henson has been a single mother her entire life, that is the role that takes priority in her life.

Henson is a mother to a 22-year-old son, Marcel, who is in South Africa with her as she is touring the country with Terrence Howard promoting the upcoming season 3 of the popular television series Empire.

The 46-year-old plays the role of Cookie Lyon, a former convict and mother to three sons. A character she was not very familiar with.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Henson said that she does not know how she managed to play a mother of three so well but believes that it’s because she understands the dynamics of being a mother in general.

“I raised a son, so I know the dynamic between a mother and son, I understand that.”

“I can’t really tell you how I did that, it just happened because they are three separate people and so the relationship is naturally gonna be different because you are dealing with three different individuals and she loves them all,” she said.


In the series that has had two successful seasons thus far, Henson seems closer to one of her sons, Jamal, played by Jussie Smollett.

“People think Cookie only loves Jamal but that is not true, what mother would ever say she loves one kid more than the other? It’s horrible.”

“I might like one more than the other, you gotta love them the same. You love them differently, you love them how they need to be loved,” she said.

Speaking on motherhood, Henson said that she considers herself a mother first before she sees herself as an actress.

“I’m a mother first, that’s just what I am. God gave me a gift a lot of women take for granted that gift when you can give birth you know, some women can’t. I take that job very seriously, my publicist here she knows. They know I’m a mother first I’m not an actress first, I’m a mother first and I take that job very seriously,” said Henson.

Henson lost her high-school sweetheart and father of her son just three years after Marcel was born.

“Actually his father passed away but you know you gotta laugh to keep from crying. He’s actually here in Africa with me by the way. I made him come, I said ‘you gotta come’, he said ‘I wanna come’.”

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One Response to Empire’s Cookie Taraji P. Henson and Lyon in South Africa: See Pictues

  1. Mabutho June 7, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    awesome to see these people in eMZANSI


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