Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
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"I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I’ve been told that Black women don’t do well overseas, that they can’t open a film overseas," said Henson.

Imani Brammer
Sep, 10, 2015

Cookie may be one tough cookie, but Taraji P. Henson still has a soft side. 

In an interview with Glamour (who's October cover she is absolutely slaying), the actress dished on Empire and the discriminatory comments hurled at her before taking the role. 

"[Last year] we went to Paris and screened the pilot for a thousand people," she said. "Lee Daniels brought me onstage. The audience stood up on their feet and clapped. I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I’ve been told that Black women don’t do well overseas, that they can’t open a film overseas. That moment for me was the best moment of my life.

"That’s better than any trophy, any award, any nomination. You know how they say music can heal the world? I feel that way about art in general."

A virtual round of applause for all of Taraji's achievements. We're super proud of you Ms. Henson!