“Empire” is more than just a TV show, it’s that Wednesday night relief after a terrible Tuesday. We’ve fallen in love with the diabolical plot, charming characters and Cookie’s animal print wardrobe. The Lee Daniels’ production continues to break its own record each week and with the finale approaching, we’re itching and scratching for any details we can get. caught up with Bryshere Gray, the fiery 21-year-old star who plays Hakeem. He opened up about landing the once in a lifetime role, how his is real mom felt about him making out with Naomi Campbell, the off-set activities that build the Lyons’ chemistry and the acting advice Taraji gave him.

HelloBeautiful: How did you land the role of Hakeem?

Bryshere Gray: I got the notice from my manager, he got the audition. He felt as though I would be the best person to do it. So I did it, Lee Daniels loved it. He flew me to LA. I did like eight or nine process auditions with Terrence and Taraji and it was intense. We were sweating, it was a hot room. We were going back and forth. Taraji was slaying the scene and Terrence was giving me emotion. I almost cried in that room because the scenes were real emotional scenes and I was going to that place.

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