Empire’s Jussie Smollet & Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray Visit Angie Martinez – 10 Facts We’ve Learned TheNV March 18, 2015 Live Performance & TV/Radio Interviews Jussie Smollet and Yazz stopped by to talk to Angie Martinez about how their hit show Empire and we’ve compiled 10 facts you may not know about them. From Jussie who Plays Jamal Lyon: 1) Before Empire, he worked as a waiter, a bartender and a clown for children. 2) His dream Empire guests are Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson. 3) He can’t even hit up his local Whole Foods without being mobbed by older ladies trying to take photos with “Jamal”. 4) In real life, he is just like his character Jamal who is based on show creator, Lee Daniels. 5) His character Jamal get’s himself some on his “daddy’s desk” on tonight’s season finale. From Yazz who plays Hakeem Lyon: 1) Before Empire his last “regular job” was at a Pizza Hut from where he got fire from for “writing a song while mixing chicken wings in a bowl” and spilling them all over the floor. His salary? $200 per week. 2) His dream Empire guests are Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. 3) He’s had to make a schedule to handle his love life since the “chick meter has gone way up,” after the show took off. 4) He didn’t even know that Iman Shumpert was saying that two characters on the show are based on him and girlfriend Teyana Taylor. 5) That when he was called up for the role of Hakeem, he was working on an album, made the decision to take the role. “I had to choose Empire or the album and I chose Empire.” Check out the full interview: Source Share this:ShareTumblrPinterestPrintEmail Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.