Trai Byers: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me (I Hate Michael Jackson’s ‘Man in the Mirror’!)

Trai Byers
Trai Byers Lester Cohen/

Actor Trai Byers, who plays Andre Lyon on Empire which returns to Fox on March 30 at 9 p.m. ET, shared 25 interesting things about himself with Us Weekly.

1. Christmas is my favorite time of year.

2. I have an associate degree in theater, a bachelor’s in communications, an acting conservatory certificate and a master’s in acting.

3. I am a devout Christian.

4. I sing.

5. I write film scripts, lyrics and poetry.

6. I love The Simpsons.

7. Shakespeare is my favorite writer.

8. I am probably one of the goofiest people in the world.

9. I’m an action-film junkie.

10. I have just about every movie Denzel Washington has ever made.

Terrence Howard and Trai Byers on 'Empire.'
Terrence Howard and Trai Byers on 'Empire.' FOX via Getty Images

11. I tap dance.

12. I hate Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” The lyrics are great, but my father played it for 12 hours straight on a car trip. To this day, that song makes me itch.

13. I hate desserts!

14. I first met Terrence Howard as an extra on the [2001] Martin Luther King Jr. film Boycott.

15. I was an extra in [2000’s] Remember the Titans.

16. I love driving cross-country.

17. I have an extensive vinyl collection.

18. Music is my way into every character I play.

19. I can be extremely shy.

20. I went to Yale School of Drama.

21. At Yale, I lived in a studio apartment with one window facing a brick wall. I did this to build determination to never end up in a place like this, and to remind myself of my own responsibility to break through the brick walls of my life.

22. I went to three high schools, four colleges and I don’t know how many elementary schools.

23. In every play I’ve performed in, I’ve forgotten my lines at least once, in a noticeable way.

24. My favorite singer of all time is Sam Cooke.

25. I’m a hopeless romantic.

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