‘Empire''s Cookie Named Most Influential Fictional Character

Taraji P Henson / Empire
Taraji P Henson / Empire

- Cookie Lyon, Taraji P. Henson’s character on FOX’s hit series Empire, has been named 2015’s most influential fictional character by Time magazine.

“With her high-drama scheming and higher-drama wardrobe, the Lyon family matriarch (played by Taraji P. Henson) was the biggest draw on TV’s most popular new show,Empire, luring more than 13 million viewers a week,” Time wrote. “In addition to spawning countless memes and catchphrases, she also helped inspire a clothing line at Saks Fifth Avenue. As Cookie herself said, “That’s my name. Take a bite.””

On Time’s list, Cookie beat out The Minions, Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton impression on Saturday Night Live, Atticus Finch and Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road.

Empire returns on FOX in March. 

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