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FOX's 'Empire' - Season One

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Actress TARAJI P. HENSON’s success in hit TV drama EMPIRE has ruined her trips to her favorite discount stores because now she gets mobbed wherever she goes.

The Hustle & Flow star admits she loves all the attention but now she has to find shops that are open all night to get her bargain-hunt fix.

She tells WENN, “It’s just odd because I can’t do the things I used to do like shop at Target. I love going to Super Target and Marshalls, T.J. Maxx (stores) and shopping for bargains and now it’s really difficult for me to do that. I have to go at a really weird hour and I have to dress like a unibomber! But I still get recognized.”

Fans believe Henson is just like her hardened former felon character Cookie, but she insists there are so many differences between the real Taraji and her Empire character.

She explains, “They call me Cookie and it’s like, ‘That’s not my name’. It’s funny that people really think that I’m her.

“I’m not a fur girl. I’m a PETA girl and I don’t wear fur… The other thing about Cookie I don’t relate to is, like, selling drugs. I think selling drugs is a horrible thing. I’m not trying to go to prison, you know!”

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