Former child actress Olivia Raven Symone is surprising Lucious and the Lyon family on the new TV drama Empire. She’s slimmed down and matured since you last saw her. On Empire, Raven-Symone plays a “mystery woman from the family’s past” who shows up with a “big, not particularly welcome surprise,” according to The Spreadit.
Raven-Symone is joining a number of celebrities who are making guest appearances on Empire, including Courtney Love and Cuba Gooding, Jr. The musically inclined show is hot and it makes perfect sense for the actress.
Another week of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s Empire on Fox and so much has changed. Not only have Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) both completed singles each are sure will be hits, but a few ghosts from the Lyons family’s past resurfaced to create a new set of complications, according to Urban.
First there was Elle Dallas (Courtney Love), a former top artist for Empire Entertainment who has spiraled down a rabbit hole of expectations and drugs and is now in need of a comeback. Then there was Malcolm (Derek Luke), the young head of security who is already making new rules and catching Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) eye — in more ways than one. And finally Olivia (Raven-Symone), a young woman looking to be famous by association and who comes back into the Lyons’ lives with a kid that may or may not be Jamal’s.
That is the question that we’ll explore in the next episode: Is this really Jamal’s child? And part of it is, who is she? Is she just somebody coming back, looking to associate with wealth and fame? The back story will come out. It’s mostly coming out in them talking about the past, but there is one flashback that includes Jamal and Olivia. This is a story that was actually in the pilot, but it got cut out because it was long and Danny and Lee had to make tough choices.
Raven Symone is also back in the studio recording her fifth studio album. It’ll be her first since her self-titled 2008 album, notes E Online. After Empire, Raven-Symone will guest star on the Disney Channel show K. C. Undercover.