In Season 2 of Empire, while Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is in jail his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) is plotting a brilliant takeover of Empire Entertainment. Cookie enlists the help of her family – Andre, Kaheem and Anika – and a billionaire venture capitalist named Mimi Whiteman. Whiteman isn’t just rich but to add more intrigue to one of the most intriguing shows on TV, Whiteman is a lesbian portrayed by Oscar Award winning actress Marisa Tomei. What Cookie is willing to do for financial backing will be revealed in detail.
One week prior to the season premiere of Empire, Tomei was spotted in Seattle shopping at one of her favorite stores, Totokaelo. When asked about her role on Empire, Tomei told WWD, “It’s a little hilarious fun thing.” Tomei looked around the store and said of her character Mimi, “she could afford every piece of clothing in this store.” Empire airs Wednesdays at 9pm on Fox.