Cookie Lyon has quite a few enemies on “Empire,” but Mariah Carey’s new character Kitty won’t be one of them. Taraji P. Henson dished on the dynamic of Cookie and Kitty’s relationship in Season 3, revealing that there won’t be any beefing between the two ladies.
“No drama,” she told E! News. “Everybody thinks that, but no drama. She’s actually an ally of mine on the show.”
It was announced last month that Carey would be joining the Fox show in a guest role, making her one of several celebrities slated to appear. Other stars tapped for guest spots include Taye Diggs, French Montana, Romeo Miller, Birdman, Phylicia Rashad and singer Sierra McClain. Carey’s “Empire” episode will air Oct. 5.
In an interview with “Extra” last month, Henson explained that Carey’s character is a close friend of hers. “She is a performer and she is helping Jamal (Jussie Smollett) get through his difficulties,” she said. The singer’s character Kitty will team up with Jamal for a duet and help him overcome post-traumatic stress disorder after he was shot towards the end of Season 2.
“She was great, she’s fabulous,” Henson said during the Television Critics Association in July about working with the “Obsessed” singer (via Yahoo! TV ). “She’s beautiful to look at. She brings a sense of what Mariah brings to the music industry. She brought it to our show.”
Henson isn’t the only “Empire” star excited that Carey could join the show. Smollett gushed over filming with the 46-year-old, telling Entertainment Weekly last week that it was surreal. “I’m just like, ‘Yo, that’s Mariah Carey talking to me, telling me how to sing something on a duet with her,’” he said. “Get the f--- up out of here!”
In a sneak peek of Season 3, viewers got a first look at Kitty. In the short promo, she was seen in the studio with Jamal and telling Kitty that she “always got a trick up her sleeve.”
“Empire” Season 3 premieres Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox.