Belfast Telegraph

Taraji P.: Oprah, be my mom!

Taraji P. Henson has gushed over all the “love” she felt while scooping up her Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress last weekend.

The 44-year-old actress portrays Cookie Lyon on the hit television show, which has just been renewed for a second season.

Rumours are rife 61-year-old media mogul Oprah, who starred in critically acclaimed 2014 release Selma, may join the cast as Cookie’s mother, and Taraji would love this to be true.

“I heard that rumour too,” she told Us Weekly magazine. “I won’t believe it until I see it, but I’m all for it.”

Fans have been creating lists of things they’d like to see happen with Taraji’s character in season two of Empire, with some viewers requesting Cookie’s parents are introduced into the narrative.

And if Taraji had her way, the roles of her persona’s mother and father would already be cast.

“My wish would be for Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams to play my parents. I have no idea [who it will be]. I [also] want Oprah too — I want the world!” she laughed. “I want everyone on the show — Bill, Hillary [Clinton] — come on! Everybody!”

On Sunday night Taraji scooped up the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

The humble star is moved by how much support she is receiving from critics and fans alike.

“[They] were so happy for me,” Taraji gushed about what it was like to receive her award onstage. “I had to go somewhere deep inside so I didn’t cry and ruin my makeup. That blew me away. You could feel the love in the room…that meant the world to me.”

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