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September 01, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

While Jamal (Jussie Smollett) did get shot in Empire‘s penultimate episode last season, at least he’s gaining a super attractive new love interest at the beginning of season 3.

EW can exclusively reveal that actor Juan Antonio (Murder in the First) will play Philip, a military vet, who runs a PTSD support group Jamal attends. Says Smollett, “It’s someone that for the first time, gives no f—s about his fame. Could not care less and not in a disrespectful way. He just genuinely is not affected by the money or the success or the fame and it’s a very, very honest relationship.”

For more on Taraji P. Henson and season 3 of Empire, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, or buy it here now.

Empire returns Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created this Fox drama about a kingpin of hip-hop (played by Terrence Howard) and his family, who fight him for control of the empire.
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