‘Empire’ is back for its second season, and among the returning cast members is Gabourey Sidibe who plays 'Becky,' a talented assistant who knows a hit song when she hears one.
Fun facts about Gabourey Sidibe (Source: Wikipedia)
In Precious, Sidibe played the main character, Claireece "Precious" Jones, a 16-year-old mother of two (both of whom are the results of being raped by her father) trying to escape abuse at the hands of her mother. The film won numerous awards, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award. On December 15, 2009, she was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Precious. The next month she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Her next film, Yelling to the Sky, was a Sundance Lab project directed by Victoria Mahoney and starring Zoe Kravitz, in which she played Latonya Williams, a bully.
In 2011, Sidibe was in the film Tower Heist and voiced a party girl character in "Hot Water", the season 7 premiere of American Dad!. She appeared in the season 8 American Dad! episode "Stanny Tendergrass" early in 2013 and also stars in the music video for "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" by indie pop band Foster the People. Sidibe also appeared in the Showtime network series entitled The Big C.
During an interview, Sidibe reported that before landing her role in the 2009 film, Precious, Joan Cusack advised her that the entertainment industry was not for her and to quit, leaning over and stating: "Oh honey, you should really quit the business. It's so image-conscious."
In April 2013, it was announced that Sidibe would be joining the cast of the third season of American Horror Story, portraying Queenie, a young witch. She returned to the series for its fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show as a secretarial school student, Regina Ross.
As of 2015, she stars in Lee Daniels Fox musical series Empire as Becky Williams alongside Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Sidibe portrays an executive assistant in the Empire company. In April 2015, it was announced Sidibe would be promoted to a series regular beginning in Season 2. She also stars in the Hulu series Difficult People as Denise.
On June 3, 2015 it was confirmed Sidibe would be writing her memoir and it would be published in 2017.
'Empire' season 2 begins Wednesday night, September 23rd, right here on FOX.