The Empire star has been feted for her role as Cookie Lyons in the hit TV drama - a part that has dramatically changed her life, despite her previous success.

"Who thought Cookie would bring me this kind of notoriety," she tells the publication. "This is the type of character that people judge - she went to jail she sold drugs. But what happens? (People) run to her? (It) blows me away every time. That goes to show people like real."

And Taraji admits her TV notoriety comes with benefits: "I don't wait in line for anything anymore. Upside, now that I'm rich, people like to send me things for free. I don't understand that, but OK, I'll take it. I love getting free gifts."