In the season finale of Empire, Anika, a.k.a. Boo Boo Kitty, was getting down with Lucious’ youngest son, Hakeem, but in real life she’s dating another Lyon sibling.
According to Us Weekly, actress Grace Gealey and Trai Byers (Andre Lyon) are an item off the Empire set. A source close to the couple said that sparks flew while the two were on set.
“They started seeing each other during the shooting of the show. There was an instant attraction, people working on the show are aware about it. When they all hang out together they’ll cuddle and give a kiss, but it’s nothing obscene.”
That said, TMZ reported that the two are trying to keep their romance quiet, but thanks to the source they’re public now. It’s said their romance was revealed after Trai and Grace were spotted at a wedding together. “They are having a great time together,” said the source.
We’re not exactly sure how the character of Anika will be brought into the second season, seeing as she’s not with Lucious anymore. Then again, since Hakeem is still angry with his father, maybe he will continue to fool around with Anika.
As for Trai Byers’ Andre, he has a lot going for him entering into Season 2. As we all know, Andre had a psychotic break when empire was ripped away from him. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, as his pregnant wife accidentally killed Vernon during a brawl. So, it’s safe to say that Andre will have a lot on his plate.
Byers spoke about the success of the Fox show to the Wrap.
“We are happy as artists. We’re happy that America embraced us and they continue to embrace us and word of mouth is spreading, because we have something to offer. Yes, we get to stay on the air, we get a second season, but also ultimately we’re able to speak to America and they’re listening. We share in that message and we share in that love, so everybody’s crazy about it, especially Taraji, she’s over the moon.”
As for characterizing Andre as a villain, Byers disagrees and put a new perspective on Andre’s feelings.
“You’ve got to put yourself in his shoes. We need to be a little bit more empathetic in regards to these characters in order to get everything that we’re putting on your plate. Andre has given life to the empire, Andre went away, educated himself came back used those resources to build Empire, to help build Empire to become a Fortune 500 company and then he’s rocked with the news that he might have to give up his birthright to somebody else. How would you feel?”
Are you excited about the upcoming season of Empire?
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