Taraji P. Henson is letting her Golden Globe do the talking.
The Empire star won best actress in a television drama Sunday night and evoked her epically sassy character when asked if homophobic criticism of the Fox series – on which Jussie Smollett plays a gay R&B singer – gets to the cast.
“We ignore that. That’s nonsense and that’s fear, so we understand where that’s coming from, so there’s nothing to comment on that. The numbers speak for themselves,” she said of Empire‘s ratings. “People are dealing with this, it’s not a joke, that’s why it’s in the script. It’s not for show, it’s not for sensationalism. It’s because people are struggling with this. And that’s why we shed light on it. You can’t make everybody happy, we don’t try to. We just try to touch and affect lives and I think we have. We’re always going to have haters, so here’s to all my haters! I’ll send you cookies, thanks.”
Later in the night, PEOPLE caught up with Henson, 45, at the 17th Annual InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globe After-Party at the Oasis Courtyard.
“It’s amazing,” she said of her snagging her first Golden Globe. “I always ask God to please let me cross cultures and color. I never wanted to be known as an African-American actress or an American actress, so when you say Hollywood Foreign Press, to me that means my talent, my gift, my craft has reached beyond the borders of where I was born, and that means more to me than any trophy, but I love the trophy. But that’s what it represents.”
As for how she planned to celebrate her victory, Henson said she hoped to hit the dance floor for some “trap music.”
“Shh! Ratchetness,” she said, laughing.
• Reporting by MARIAH HAAS, GABRIELLE OLYA and MIKE MILLER