*Like the fans of “Empire,” Gabourey Sidibe is fully into the addictive show she co-stars in and has no problems giving her thoughts on what struck a nerve with viewers after they get their weekly fix.
Case in point, the love scene featuring her character Becky that opened last week’s episode, “A High Hope for a Low Heaven.” Despite all the hate she’s gotten from folks, Sidibe harped on the positives of being featured in a primetime moment of passion in a new blog she has recapping “Empire” episodes for Entertainment Weekly.
“Also, yes. I, a plus sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television. I had the most fun ever filming that scene even though I was nervous. But I felt sexy and beautiful and I felt like I was doing a good job. I’m very proud of the work we all did to make that scene a great opening for the episode,” the actress said. “I keep hearing that people are “hating” on it. I’m not sure how anyone could hate on love but that’s okay. You may have your memes. Honestly, I’m at work too busy to check Twitter anyway. #Booked. Hope you enjoy next week’s show!
Although many viewers have already gotten their recap from their usual sources, to hear it from one of the people on the show is something that’s worth a look, if nothing more than to see if she feels the same way about what went down.
Scroll below to check out part of Sidibe’s “Empire” recap, via EW:
So remember how Hakeem got kidnapped but then everyone got really interested in baseball for a week? That was super weird right? Don’t worry. Empire is finally back and here’s what happened!
The show opens to show that Hakeem is still TAKEN! Oh no! Meanwhile, that fine ass Becky is on a rooftop in the afterglow of doin’ it all romantic-like with some mostly naked dude. YASS Becky and Naked Dude!! Becky says that she’s got to get some sleep before her first meeting with her new boss Andre. Naked Dude gives her some encouraging words and then he doesn’t let her get any sleep. Good. Good for that fine ass Becky.
Over across town, Hakeem’s girl group is rehearsing for the Big Apple Jam and he’s still missing but they don’t know he’s snatched. Cookie is cussing him out in a voicemail to his phone when a video pops up of Hakeem bound and gagged! And not in a sexy way! Cookie assumes that it’s fake and set up by Lucious and she marches off to go cuss Lucious out. He and Jamal are recording a song about love and spaceships or something and Jamal’s complaining about being thought of as a Gay Artist, instead of being seen as an artist who happens to be gay. There’s a huge difference! Cookie stomps in yelling about the kidnapping prank. Lucious tells her that it’s real and that he knows who has Hakeem. They run out to go get him.
The kidnappers are going HAM on Hakeem! They are beating the hell outta him and then for some reason, they all decide to change clothes together. They pull off their shirts to reveal some weird bull-headed tattoos in the middle of their backs. I mean, I like steak too but I’m not about to get a tattoo about it. Calm down, fellas! Hakeem inquires about whether or not they’re cowboys. They knock him out. He never got an answer. Rude.
Later, Cookie and Lucious are waiting under a bridge or something to get Hakeem back. Those dumb kidnappers only charged $40,000 for Hakeem’s return. That’s a weird number right? Why not $50,000? That number feels better to me! I feel like $40,000 is like, “I need just enough to buy a boat and a Fiat and that’s it. I don’t want to be greedy!” Anyway, while they wait, Andre’s tight ass is running that meeting Becky was so worried about earlier. Andre wants to do a morality screening of every Empire Gutter Life artist. Ugh Andre. It’s hip-hop. Can you chill? There’s a list of all the Gutter Life artists and we see that the Naked Dude that Becky was banging is Gutter Life artist J-Poppa! Aww snap! Becky out here dippin’ her pen in company ink!
To read Sidibe’s entire EW blog on last week’s “Empire,” click here.