“Empire’’ creator Lee Daniels is on the hunt for a young actress to play the recurring role of gay rapper Betty Barz, a “moody, outspoken” teenager who will be introduced in the Sept. 23 Season 2 premiere of the hit show on Fox. The episode is titled “The Devils Are Here.’’
Betty, who’s also known as “Betty Gathers” and “The Queen O’ 16S” is described as African-American, “unapologetically butch,” and something of a hometown hero in her “Brownsville-Never-Ran-Never-Will, Brooklyn” neighborhood. Her undeniable talent has led to her winning “more rhyme battles and girls’ hearts than the best male vets on her block.”
Despite Betty’s talent, wit and street smarts, the road to possible fame won’t be easy. Her “deep fears push her toward self-sabotage” – and prevent her from fully turning her back on the streets. Her plot line will center around her absentee/incarcerated father and her new rap deal with Empire Entertainment.
Among the show’s already confirmed guest stars are Adam Rodriguez, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz. Additionally, Gabourey Sidibe and Ta’Rhonda Jones have been elevated to series regulars, TVLine reported in April.
Season 2 of “Empire” kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.