Cape Town – Empire's Trai Buyers, Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray showed off their ripped muscles on the cover of Essence magazine.
Andre, Jamal and Hakeem make up the sexy Lyon brothers and while they’re gearing up for the second season of Empire, they had no problem sharing their toned physiques on their own covers of Essence’s June Vacation issue.
Tastefully tapping into what Empire has done for each of them, the magazine introduced the Lyon brothers and we can’t get enough of them!
Here’s something extra about the brothers from Empire we’ve come to know and love…
Trai Buyers had a good year in 2014 coming off of the success of not only Empire, but Selma as well and the 33-year-old – who plays the eldest brother Andre – has the hit TV series to thank for his muscular torso, well sort of.
The Selma actor says he works out for two reasons and two reasons only: “One, because I'm an actor and two, because I'm somebody's [future] husband. I want to be prepared for the woman God has for me.”
Yes our hearts just melted too… What a keeper!
Jussie Smollett has notably become the game changer in Empire.
When speaking about how the Fox TV series has changed his life, Jussie noted that since coming out he has become an inspiration for people who are still in the dark and that is very special to him.
“If I can help someone else feel less alone, no matter what they're going through, I'm happy to have that opportunity.”
He also mentioned his enthusiasm to get the role as Jamal, going as far as to direct message the creator, Lee Daniels on Instagram.
Now that’s dedication!
Bryshere ‘Yazz’ Gray:
Bouncing back from an injury that ended his NFL dreams the newcomer – who plays Hakeem, the youngest of the three Lyon brothers - not only acts but is also a youth mentor.
Hearing hardships stories from his fans inspired him to help them be better.
“I would hear things like, 'My dad was never in my life...' and my response was, 'My dad was never in my life...Don't feel like you don't matter.”
One thing is for sure, the 21-year-old is on the road to success and we’re following him every step of the way!