Taraji P. Henson’s fierce character in Empire has been named the most influential fictional character of 2015 by Time Magazine.
The magazine lists 16 characters from Glenn Rhee of ‘Walking Dead’ to Christian Grey of Fifty Shades of Grey and Jon Snow of Game of Thrones.
Explaining why Cookie Lyon tops the list, TIME says:
“With her high-drama scheming and higher-drama wardrobe, the Lyon family matriarch (played by Taraji P. Henson) was the biggest draw on TV’s most popular new show, Empire, luring more than 13 million viewers a week. In addition to spawning countless memes and catchphrases, she also helped inspire a clothing line at Saks Fifth Avenue. As Cookie herself said, “That’s my name. Take a bite.”
Taraji P. Henson’s character, Cookie Lyon, is one fierce “ma’am” whose presence on the show gives it an extra “street” edge and at the same time projects the unconditional “motherly” love that is basically the “soul” of Lee Daniel’s hit series, Empire.
Other characters include:
Dev Shah played by Aziz Ansari in Master of None,
Internet sensation, Poot Lovato,
Stella Carlin played by Ruby Rose in Orange is the New Black,
Jessica Heung played by Constance Wu,
Catastrophe played by Taylor Swift in “Bad Blood”,
Matt Damon as Mark Watney in The Martian,
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton,
Sadness in Inside Out,
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road,
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird,
Kate McKinnon as Hillary Rodham Clinton during the “Hillary Cold Open” skit on March 7, 2015,
and The Minions.