"Cookies for everyone tonight, my treat,” Empire star Taraji P. Henson proclaimed on stage after winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama TV series, having passed out handfuls of treats on her way to the stage. It seems that Cookie Lyon is for everyone: The beloved character has grown a massive fan base and won Henson her first Golden Globe.
“Who knew that playing an ex-convict would take me all around the globe?” Henson asked in her acceptance speech, noting that it could have been her compassionate character Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, or the caring Sherry Parker from The Karate Kid. Instead, “It’s Cookie, who spent 17 years in jail for selling crack. So the world loves real.”
What the world does love is Henson, and it’s clear why–any actress who can flawlessly hand out cookies (and also demand more stage time for her speech: “I waited 20 years for this, you gon’ wait.”) while making their way to the stage is a star in our eyes. Plus, she may have secured herself a new role alongside Leonardo DiCaprio by handing him a treat on her way to the stage.
"Leonardo, that cookie is for us to work together. Because you took it, that's a contract," she joked after the show. Leo, the ball is in your court!