How Instagram and a Casting Couch Won Jussie Smollett His 'Empire' Role

How Jussie Smollett Won His Empire Role

The gay actor discussed how he landed the role of Jamal Lyon during a panel discussion at Outfest Fusion.

WATCH: Gay Kiss Aroused 'Ick Factor' in 'Empire' Test Audience

WATCH: Gay Kiss Aroused 'Ick Factor' in Empire Test Audience

'They’re at a 10 until the two men kiss. Then it’s down to a zero,' says Lee Daniels, the gay cocreator of the Fox drama.

Empire Still Breaking Ratings Records

Fox's musical melodrama Empire is officially a phenomenon thanks to a steadily increasing audience, week by week — even with its gay romance subplot.

Lee Daniels at 'Empire' Premiere: 'Dreams Come True'

Lee Daniels at Empire Premiere: 'Dreams Come True'

The gay creator of Fox's anticipated new drama about the rise of a music mogul spoke about his own path to prominence at the show's premiere.

PHOTOS: Fonda, Gooding, and More Honor Lee Daniels at Outfest Legacy Awards

PHOTOS: Lee Daniels Honored at Outfest Legacy Awards

Outfest, along with Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Raven-Symoné, and more, honored Lee Daniels with its Visionary Award for his cinematic achievements.

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