It's ain't easy being Cookie.
On Fox's "Empire" series, Taraji P. Henson plays a woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Fans love her, and that's wreaked havoc on her personal life and personal space, she said while being interviewed by Ryan Reynolds for Variety's "Actors on Actors" chat.
"You're walking down the street and they're just like, 'Hey Cookie' — maybe I didn't want the world to see how I looked today, maybe I wore these sweats yesterday," she said. "It was fine until Cookie came, I was okay under the radar, I could go to Target. I never saw that coming. I go from this normal life to having to find a house on a private gated road, it's crazy."
She's even tried to go with disguises so people don't recognize her.
"I love to people-watch. I love to go to the park. But I can't — everybody's watching me," she said. "I've tried wigs, I've tried shades. I've tried it all."
Many people, she said, have actually forgotten her name all together.
For her next project, Taraji will star in "Hidden Figures." She's actually afraid that her "Empire" fans won't buy into it.
"I have a feeling that the hardcore Cookie fans will be like, 'Look at Cookie playing that rocket scientist!,'" she said.
Interestingly, Taraji worries about that kind of thing. Cookie does not.