‘Empire’s’ Gabourey Sidibe Gets Love Interest In Season 2

A few months ago, The Inquisitr reported that actress Gabourey Sidibe would be coming back for a second season of Empire as a series regular. In its first hit season, Sidibe’s role was a smaller one, as she played Becky, an assistant to Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard).

In Season 2, with Sidibe’s expanded contract, Becky’s role will expand. With a larger presence on Empire, comes a new love interest for her character.

Variety exclusively reveals the new character who will romance Becky is named J-Poppa (Mo McRae). The character is described as, “a handsome, easygoing guy who is seeing Becky.”

If Mo McRae looks famously familiar, you may remember him from the 2013 film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which Lee Daniels directed in addition to playing the title role. Danny Strong served as the film’s writer.

The news that Becky is getting a love interest is just another piece in the puzzle for Season 2. So far, fans know Season 2 is going to be full of terrific guest stars. Lenny Kravitz, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Marisa Tomei, Alicia Keys, Pitbull and Chris Rock have all been tapped to make guest appearances on the show for the second season.

Fans also know that just because Jamal Lyon owns the Lyon den, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a struggle for power over the company. As The Inquisitr reported, Lucious (who is behind bars) is going to work with Jamal to make sure that Andre doesn’t try to take over the empire.

Aside from Season 2, we also found out that there might be an Empire spin-off in the works. Lee Daniels opened up about the possible spin-off at the Television Critics Association summer press tour panel. It was revealed Daniels will focus on a young Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), which isn’t surprising given the character is a fan favorite.

“I think there’s going to be a spinoff of ‘Empire,’ without question.

Post-panel, Daniels divulged additional details to The Wrap about the pending pilot.

“I have to tell [stories] that I know. I can’t tell it unless I’ve lived it,” Daniels said. “OK, here she is now. How did she get to where she’s at right now? Let’s go back and understand her mother. Let’s go back and understand her sisters. Let’s get back and understand the makings of her. That I know, because I know Cookie … It would be like a prequel. I don’t think we’re quite there yet. I have to focus on ‘Star.'”

As for Season 2, Empire begins airing new episodes on Fox beginning September 23.

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