Not only are the “Lyon” kings gracing a cover together, each of the fellas have their own individual covers to stunt on! Thank you, Essence.
Inside the issue, the young, talented, and gorgeous actors are giving the scoop on everything from breaking into the business to keeping their bodies right.
Peep a few excerpts below.
Jussie Smollet on how he got Lee Daniels’ attention:
I jumped on Instagram and direct-messaged Lee and said, ‘Sir, I know you get this all the time, but I’m a singer, actor, dancer, songwriter and musician. I am Jamal Lyon in more ways than one.’
Yazz the Greatest on inspiring other young men:
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.’
Trai Byers, who has been romantically linked to his cast mate, Grace Gealey (Boo Boo Kitty), gave the scoop on why he stays fit:
I work out for two reasons: 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.