Taraji Henson’s late Father inspired her ‘Empire’ character…

Taraji Henson’s late Father inspired her ‘Empire’ character.

The 44-year-old actress spoke to Harper’s BAZAAR for its September issue and explained how her father, Boris, who died in 2006, inspired the fan favorite role.

“He had no buffer. He spoke the truth,” she said, comparing him to her game-changing role. She continued, “It’s heroic because in this society we have been trained to be politically correct. Political correctness is bulls***. If I ask you a question right now, the first thing that comes in your mind is the truth. But we’ve all be been trained to breathe, digest the question and manipulate the answer.” Just like her father, she said, “Cookie doesn’t do that” and doesn’t filter.

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