Empire Stars Spill Season Finale Secrets Ahead Of March 18 Show
Bryshere “Yazz” Gray and Jussie Smollett, the breakout stars of the hit Fox show, “Empire,” say sex will play a major role for them in the show’s upcoming season finale.
Gray, who plays Hakeem Lyon, said his character’s biggest “turn up moment” will feature plenty of action in the show’s season finale.
“It’s very sexual,” Gray said in a media conference call March 17. “It’s a about a rivalry. Whether it’s to get back at somebody, I can’t tell you. He’s very explosive, and he does a lot. You’ll see.”
Smollett said his character, Jamal, will finally smash his love interest, Ryan Morgan, “on daddy’s desk.”
“Jamal’s not done with Ryan,” he said. “There’s a desk involved. There’s some loving involved.”
“It’s not a huge storyline in the finale, but it’s a huge moment for them.”
And speaking of Jamal’s sexuality, Smollett, 31, said the show’s gay character is breaking down barriers while becoming a role model of sorts for young people.
“I get the most beautiful letters from kids, both homosexual children and heterosexual children, telling me know they relate to Jamal in so many ways,” Smollett said.
“It’s entertaining, it’s glamorous, it’s fantastic, but it’s also saying something about how our society is today. When I get those letters – and I’m a crying fool anyway because I’m a cancer – but it’s really, really emotional and it’s wonderful.”
Wednesday’s season finale – which will guest star Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Ora, Juicy J and Patti Labelle. The on screen brothers revealed their guest star wish list. Gray said he’d love for Madonna and Queen Latifah to make an appearance.
“For me,” Smollett said, “it’s Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Brandy.”
Empire is now fourth most watched show in prime time, with nearly 15 million viewers. Gray said the show’s public following means that they’re too famous to go grocery shopping or other normal people stuff.
“The fans are amazing,” he said. “When we were in Chicago and this first started, we would to a regular gym and work out. People would go bananas. It was just pandemonium. But it’s a dream come true.”
The on screen brothers’ popularity hasn’t hindered them from giving back. Both are heavily involved with charity work: Smollett advocates for gay rights, domestic violence victims and people living with HIV/AIDS, while Gray visits schools to perform and talk to kids in honor of a close friend who was killed.
“Being a human right’s activist is something that I’ve been passionate about since day one,” Smollett said. “One of my godmothers is Angela Davis. My mom didn’t really even give us a choice…she said if you do nothing in your life, you’ve got to give back.”