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EMPIRE Casts Gabourey Sidibe's Love Interest Adding Mo McRae To The Cast!

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Former Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) is getting a love interest this fall on the upcoming season two of the smash hip-hop soap opera, Empire!

According to Variety, Sidibe’s Becky will catch the eye of a new character named J -Poppa, who’s described as a handsome, easygoing guy.  J-Poppa also develops a strong connection with Andre (Trai Byers).

J-Poppa will be played by actor Mo McRae.  Mo is currently a series regular on TNT’s Murder in the First, and had a major recurring role in Sons of Anarchy.   He also recently appeared in the Reese Witherspoon motion picture, Wild.

Being cast on the Fox hit television series re-teams McRae with Empire creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, since Mo appeared in their motion picture, The Butler.

What do you think about Empire’s Becky getting a love interest in the form of J-Poppa played by Mr. McRae?  Share your thoughts below, and if you are ready for season 2 which kick-off on September 23rd!

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  1. Belle

    August 22, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Sounds great to me!

  2. su0000

    August 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Gabourey Sidibe/Becky Williams was great as ”Precious”..
    But, I can’t see here as a love interest for Mo McRae..
    It will be different and interesting to see whats up with them/where it goes..
    I hope season 2 is as good or better than season 1 ..
    I am so ready for Empire.. 🙂

    • Jeremy

      August 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      So ready for EMPIRE, too!!!

      • su0000

        August 22, 2015 at 5:36 pm


        —— Empire party !!!

  3. Mo

    August 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I guess she’ll have a bigger role than she did season 1. Wonder is she’s still on Lucious’ side.

  4. penny

    August 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Mo is so sexy, I love Mo.

  5. Fanny

    August 23, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Lucky girl….

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In his statement, Thorn said of the series: “Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was. We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence and Taraji, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We’d also like to thank our tremendous creative team – Lee, Danny, Brett, Ilene, Sanaa, Brian and Francie – whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire.”

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When the casting news broke that award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard was cast as Taraji P. Henson’s mom on Empire, fans of the series could not wait to see what would go down when Cookie was reunited with her momma!

Now that Empire is back on FOX for its back half of its fourth season, the series put out a teaser video of Woodard’s entrance into the storyline.

In the sneak peek video, Woodard plays Renee Holloway who is trying to reconnect with her daughter after many years.

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When Empire star, Taraji P. Henson (Cookie) took to the 90th Oscars Red Carpet on Sunday, and chatted with E’s Ryan Seacrest, the Twitterverse assumed she had dissed him during their on-camera conversation given the allegations that surfaced from his ex-stylist claiming he subjected her to “years of unwanted sexual aggression.”

E! previously announced that after an independent investigator was hired to look into her claims that they found “insufficient evidence” of any wrongdoing by Seacrest.  The usual Oscars red carpet coverage by Seacrest seemed to be hindered where he was only able to chat with over a dozen people.

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Taraji revealed she “absolutely” supports Seacrest, adding the touch on the chin was done because: “I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared, but anyone can say anything.”  There was more to the Seacrest and Henson exchange that people didn’t initially see, which ended in a hug.

Adding fuel to the original diss was following her conversation with Seacrest, Henson told ABC’ s Wendi McLendon-Covey, “I’m great now that I’m in your company,”  (more…)

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