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Oh, how merry a smash hit makes the holidays.

Last Christmas, life “was kind of normal still,” says Taraji P. Henson, 45, who has held a long, respected career spanning TV shows like Person of Interest and Boston Legal and films including Hustle & Flow and her Oscar-nominated role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

But that was before the soapy hip-hop drama Empire premiered on Fox in January to killer ratings, and Henson’s take-no-prisoners matriarch, Cookie Lyon, ran off with the show — in part thanks to her epic one-liners (“The name is Cookie — ask about me”). “Like, I could still go to Target and the grocery store without being harassed. It’s different now,” she says with a laugh. “I can’t really go anywhere.”

Now halfway through Season 2, Henson has crafted one of the most memorable, quotable characters to grace television in years. Empire has earned Henson Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, not to mention grin-inducing Cookie merchandise and memes. There are devotees who dress boldly like Cookie and blog about it. Time magazine declared Cookie Lyon the most influential character of 2015

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