Kelly Rowland is reportedly joining a huge television hit, and there’s some speculation that she’ll be able to show off her musical abilities nicely on the show.
Rowland–formerly of Destiny’s Child–has reportedly signed on to Empire, where she’ll play the mother of Terrence Howard’s character, Lucious, in flashback scenes. The songstress will join a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Chris Rock, Marisa Tomei, and Alicia Keys this season.
The singer and actress joins a show that has had no shortage of musical talent; Courtney Love, Patti LaBelle, and Mary J. Blige are among the names who have shown up in various episodes. That, coupled with the fact that Howard and co-star Taraji P. Henson have dynamic chemistry, has led to Empire becoming Fox’s highest-rated show in years.
Rowland is a busy lady these days; besides landing a role on the hit show, she’s also set to judge a singing competition on BET, where she says she hopes to find talented musicians who also stand for something.
“I would like to find a group that is very outspoken about issues and their opinions…It’s been awhile since we’ve had a really impactful girl group,” Rowland said.
Kelly recently opened up about how hard she’s worked to get back into shape after having her son, saying she worked out several times a day.
“I worked out three times a day. I started with trainer Jeanette Jenkins. She started me slow right after I had the baby. It was yoga, Pilates, and then building up to a hard work out. Then we did weights and then running and cardio. She does the most incredible workout called Tread and Shred—I’d do it three times a week. I swear to you in three weeks I dropped seven pounds. I didn’t want to rush the weight loss. I didn’t want to starve myself and have it come right back. I wanted to burn it all off. I did SoulCycle three times a week with Angela Davis—she’s a goddess. I did dance classes with Aisha Francis—it’s called a Pump Camp. I did that three to four times a week. We did all these lovely sensual dances where we you don’t realize that you are working your core, legs and butt. She was killing me,” Kelly Rowland said.