Essence got the “brothers” to open up about the show and reveal a little chest/skin for fans as well. Smollett used Instagram to contact Lee Daniels about the role.
“I jumped on Instagram and direct-messaged Lee and said, ‘Sir, I know you get this all the time, but I’m a singer, actor, dancer, songwriter and musician,” said Smollett. “I am Jamal Lyon in more ways than one.’”
On the other hand, Gray initially wanted to go into the NFL, but those dreams ended with an injury. After garnering the role, he became interested in youth mentoring while listening to fans’ hard times.
“I would hear things like, ‘My dad was never in my life…’ and my response was, ‘My dad was never in my life…Don’t feel like you don’t matter,’” Gray said.
Meanwhile, Byers opened up about his sex symbol status and being a charismatic guy.
“I work out for two reasons: one, because I’m an actor and two, because I’m somebody’s [future] husband. I want to be prepared for the woman God has for me.”