Bryshere Y. Gray: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me (‘Empire’ Is My First Acting Job!)

Bryshere Y. Gray attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards.
Bryshere Y. Gray attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards. Earl Gibson III/WireImage

Actor Bryshere Y. Gray, who plays Hakeem Lyons on Fox’s Empire, which returns on March 30 at 9 p.m. ET, shared 25 interesting facts about himself with Us Weekly.

1. I can cook. (It was my favorite class in high school.) My best dish: tilapia.

2. Serena Williams is my favorite athlete.

3. I want to go to USC and double-major in business and theater.

4. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is my favorite TV show.

5. I love science.

6. I wrote my first song at 9.

7. My favorite movie is Rent.

8. I can go for at least an hour and a half doing pushups, pull-ups and crunches!

9. Morgan Freeman is my favorite actor. His interviews were also great.

10. I love the Seattle Seahawks.

11. I hate mushrooms.

12. Call of Duty is my favorite game.

13. Caribbean food is great because of the love they put inside.

14. I spoil my miniature poodle, Prince Charming. He can give high-fives.

15. I love every single one of Angela Bassett’s movies.

16. I play the drums.

17. I love Michael Jackson and what he stood for: love, peace, equality.

18. I love going to church.

19. I’ve been on the road since I was 18, taking any gig I could get my hands on.

20. My favorite artists are Nas and the Roots.

21. I love animals.

22. I want to go to Dubai. I’ve heard from friends it’s beautiful.

23. Giving up is my biggest fear.

24. I want to work with Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Kehlani (an Oakland, California, singer).

25. Empire is my first acting job.

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