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By April 22, 2015 , , , , , ,

When I took a break from the digital world, I returned to an old favourite pastime of mine: binge-watching TV shows. I was searching for a way to escape from my own problems and conflicts by indulging in the TV characters' pain. But I ended up being so inspired by some of these women on TV that I picked myself up to move forward.

The thing about TV show is that you can become invested in the character development. In some ways, you are looking into their world, and they become your friends....and friends have brunch. Out of all the TV characters out there, here are three ladies from TV that I would love to brunch with.

Spoiler alert if you are intending on watching these TV shows.

1. Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), Empire

cookie lyon taraji henson empire

Oh, Cookie! Fierce and sassy, the matriarch of Empire knows what she wants, and she knows how to get it. More than that, she knows her worth and not afraid to stand up to her powerful ex-husband.

I started watching Empire after reading an article about it on The New York Times and finished the whole season in one weekend - that's how good the show is. But Taraji brought the character of Cookie to life. From the moment she stepped out of the penitentiary in that leopard print dress and fur coat, we know she is a force to be reckon with. Cookie is business savvy, has an eye (and ears) for talent, street smart and she has the style to match. She even taught the Sesame Street gang a thing or two about hustlin'. More importantly, she places family and her three sons above everything.

What we'll eat: Champagne breakfast.
What we'll talk about: Jammal, Boo Boo Kitty, Lucious, how she get that ass, that time she hit Hakeem with a broom.

2. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling), The Mindy Project

Mindy Kaling The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project tells the life of Mindy Lahiri, an OB-GYN in her thirties in New York as she navigates through life and love. Mindy's got style, sass and she's not afraid to be a romantic in this jaded world. Who says you need to stop having fun and only wear black, blue or grey when you're a grown-up? Mindy is that funny, approachable girl in your friend group:

But that doesn't mean she is all fun and games, because she is the type of girl to follow her dream - [Spoiler] pursuing a fellowship at Stanford University even though it means she will be apart with Danny. [Bigger Spoiler] Now that she is expecting and building her own fertility clinic, she can use a brunch session to unwind.

What we'll eat: Bacon, donut, anything sweet, decadent and indulgent.
What we'll talk about: Danny, food, reality TV shows, Beyonce.

3. Jessica Huang (Constance Wu), Fresh Off The Boat

Jessica Huang Fresh Off the Boat Constance Wu

Fresh Off The Boat is based on the memoir of the hip-hop loving Asian-American chef, Eddie Huang. The show is the first sitcom in 20 years that is based on an Chinese-American family. As a fellow Chinese (Malaysian) myself, naturally I was super excited and tuned in weekly to catch the show. The character that left the most memorable impression on me is Eddie's mum, Jessica, played by Constance Wu. Confident and smart, Jessica is not your usual soccer mum.

Uprooted to Orlando from her hometown in Washington DC, Jessica defies your TV stereotype of an Asian female. In many instances throughout the film, she is the pillar that holds the family together, keep Eddie away from trouble and keep her husband grounded. My favourite Jessica moment was when she teaches little Eddie on what is date rape:

Yes, she may be tough. But when confronted with anyone who threatens her family and the values she hold on to, she will not hesitate to show them some sass and protect her family.

What we'll eat: Taiwanese pork bun, stir-fry noodle, anything Asian, free samples in the supermarket, or anywhere that accepts coupons.
What we'll talk about: Humidity, Eddie, the crazy white people

Now it's your turn. Which TV characters would you have brunch with?

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