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Singer Serayah McNeill, who plays the role of “Tiana” on FOX’s hit series, “Empire” says her character isn’t based on Teyana Taylor.

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During a recent sit down with Hip Hollywood, Serayah says her character was draws from powerful women in the industry like Rihanna, Beyonce, and Lauryn Hill.

I talk to writers and I talk to producers about my character and how to bring her across and exactly what their views were and they mentioned people…but they didn’t mention them [Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert].

Definitely they mentioned Rihanna, Beyonce…powerful women in the industry…Lauryn Hill. Like really really powerful, blunt, say what you have to say, you know. As far as performance-wise…bringing that across the screen.

So, there was a lot of that said.

Watch the clip below.



Serayah McNeill is such a sweet girl. You could tell the question made her uncomfy and she was trying to be honest as possible without sounding shady.

Don’t forget the two-hour season finale of “Empire” airs tonight at 8pm on FOX!

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