‘Empire’ Co-Creator Says Mo’Nique Was Never Asked to Play Cookie
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
The other day Mo’Nique claimed in an interview that she was asked to portray Cookie on “Empire,” but due to her alleged blacklisting, the role was eventually passed on to Taraji P. Henson.
Interestingly enough, “Empire” co-creator Danny Strong says that’s not the truth.
In a recent radio interview, Danny says:
“We discussed Mo’Nique once very briefly. We never offered her the part. She wasn’t going to be Cookie.”
He also tweeted:
“Mo’Nique is so talented she’d be great in almost anything. But Cookie was always Taraji.”