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Fox’s Empire is adding Oscar winner Marisa Tomei for Season 2.

According to, she’ll play Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved in Lyon family drama. A Forbes list billionairess, Mimi is a lover of hip-hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women.

Tomei is no stranger to working with predominantly Black casts. Some fans may remember Tomei’s brief stint as Hillman’s only white student on A Different World. She talks about it below:

This will be Tomei’s first return to series television since her arc on FX’s Rescue Me. Additionally, she’s developing a Gloria Steinem miniseries at HBO under her first-look deal with the pay cable network. Tomei is set to star as the famous feminist in the project, which she is producing alongside George Clooney.

On the big screen, Tomei will next be seen in CBS Films’ Love The Coopers.

Other guest stars booked for Empire Season 2 include Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.

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