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'Empire' season 2: Becky G dishes on her guest role

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If you’re unfamiliar with the musical stylings of Becky G, you’ll know her name after she appears on Empire season 2. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter will be guesting on the Fox drama not as herself, but as someone who’s just as feisty as Taraji P. Henson‘s Cookie Lyon.

EW caught up with Becky G at Empire’s special Carnegie Hall event in New York City on Saturday night, where she dished on her upcoming role.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you tell us about your guest spot?

BECKY G: Well, I play Valentina, and let’s just put it this way: they were calling me baby Cookie on set. I’m feisty. Like, the Becky G that’s right here and sweet and excited? Valentina is a totally different person. And that was so fun for me to play, because I love acting and I have yet to really pursue that until this opportunity came along and I felt in my gut that it was right and I just wanted to go for it. Then I showed up to set, met the cast, and learned so much from them. It’s going to be really fun to see myself in a different light. It’s going to be different to watch it because I remember doing all the scenes, you know, but watching it will be really awesome.

Will you be bringing any drama with you? 

There’s a lot of drama. In these next few episodes — and even stuff that I’m not going to be in but I was reading in the script — I was like, “I can’t believe this is going to go down. Everybody’s going to be so surprised.” But yeah, especially my scenes, for sure.

Will you be singing?

Yeah, I don’t play Becky G, I play somebody totally different and that’s what’s going to be really cool about it. It was a really fun experience for me.

Did they call you or did you audition?

First, I went over to Fox just to play the music, because they’ve always been super supportive. There were no talks about the show or anything. And I said, “Yo, if you ever want to put me in something!” And they’re like, “Oh, actually, we have enough artists in guests spots on so you couldn’t play Becky G on the show, but there’s actually a character that would work really well. You just have to audition.” And I’m like, “That’s fine!” So, I went through the entire audition phase; had to go to producers and directors and I earned the spot. It was an honor.

Empire will return to Fox on Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional guest stars include Vivica A. Fox, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, PitbullMarisa Tomei, and more. 

With reporting from Megan Daley.

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