‘Empire’ Brothers Trai Byers, Bryshere Y. Gray & Jussie Smollett Cover Essence
The Empire stars went boating for publication’s “Vacation Issue,” where they are featured on four separate covers.
Inside, Trai tells us what motivates him to stay in shape, Yazz shares how he’s connecting to young fans and Jussie reveals the unconventional approach he took to land his role on Empire.
The hit FOX drama broke a 23-year ratings record within a month of its January debut as the only primetime scripted series to grow in total viewers over each of its first five telecasts since at least 1991 in the U.S.
During their Essence shoot, the actors also play a game, “Who Goes Off First?” Cookie or Lucious? Watch below.
As of its first season finale, Empire has now surpassed The Big Bang Theory as the highest rated scripted program in the 2014-2015 television season.
It is also the highest rated debut season finale since May 2005, when Grey’s Anatomy ended its first season.
Yazz, a rapper and Jussie, a singer-songwriter both landed recording contracts with Columbia Records before the first season’s end.
The show is set to return for a 18-episode second season that will be divided into two parts: the first airing in September 2015 and the second in Spring 2016.