PHILADELPHIA (WTXF)- There's been a lot of talk over the lead lady on FOX's hit show "Empire."
Now, we finally know who really inspired the role of "Cookie."
Empire's co-creator Lee Daniels said at the BET Honors on Saturday, that his inspiration for Cookie actually came from his grandmother Grace Daniels.
He described her as a politician for the African-American community.
She even had a street named after her in West Philadelphia.
Daniels said she was really tough and went door to door encouraging people to vote.
He says she was also known for carrying a gun.