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Empire - Episode 2.01 - Title Revealed + Casting for New Role

The show’s producers are on the hunt for a baby-faced actress to play the recurring, potentially breakout role of Betty Barz — a “moody, outspoken” teenage rapper who’ll be introduced in the Sept. 23 Season 2 premiere (9/8c on Fox), titled “The Devils Are Here,” TVLine has learned exclusively.

Betty, who’s also known as “Betty Gathers” and “The Queen O’ 16S” is described as African-American, “unapologetically butch,” and something of a hometown hero in her “Brownsville-Never-Ran-Never-Will, Brooklyn” neighborhood. Her undeniable talent has led to her winning “more rhyme battles and girls’ hearts than the best male vets on her block.” (We’re guessing “winning girls’ hearts” means the new character is a lesbian, but then again, maybe that just means most of her mixtape buyers are female?)

Despite the fact that Betty is “charismatic and witty with a street lean,” though, the road to possible fame — via a deal with Empire Entertainment’s new CEO Jamal, perhaps? — won’t necessarily be a smooth one. In fact, her “deep fears push her toward self-sabotage” — and prevent her from fully turning her back on the streets.

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