Who Plays Young Lucious On Empire? Jeremy Carver

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Empire's eleventh episode of its third season, "Play On" featured Young Lucious (Jeremy Carver).  We first see Young Lucious when Cookie is talking to her sister, Candace (Vivica A. Fox).  A flashback shows Lucious and Cookie in a hotel room.  Cookie is emotional because she ran away from home.  Lucious calms her down and they have sex for the first time.

Who Plays Young Lucious On Empire? Jeremy Carver
Who Plays Young Lucious On Empire? Jeremy Carver

Cookie explains that she loves Lucious because he was her first.  She's trying to focus on her new relationship with Angelo but Lucious has her heart.

Who Plays Young Lucious On Empire? Jeremy Carver
Who Plays Young Lucious On Empire? Jeremy Carver

That's not the only flashback we saw in "Play On." We also see the couple's hood wedding.  In a third flashback, we see Lucious working on music.  He's in the zone and ignores Cookie.  Lucious loves music.  When Jamal tries to interrupt him in the studio he ignores him just like he ignored Cookie.

On the "Sin That Amends" episode of Empire we saw more of teenage Lucious.  Him and his crew performed "Just A Friend" by Biz Markie on a street corner.  Cookie couldn't help herself.  She approached Lucious and began showing off her dance moves.  Seeing scenes like this convinces us that the former couple have too much history for Cookie to be done with him.  We think she'll give him another chance.

Young Lucious Lyon Jeremy Carver
Young Lucious Lyon Jeremy Carver

Jeremy Carver plays young Lucious Lyon on Empire's third season.  Triston Gandy played the character when he was 13-years-old and Carver will pick up where he left off.  Carver will show fans of the series how Dwight Walker used his amazing voice and bad boy swag to steal young Loretha Lyon's heart.


Young Cookie will be played by actress, Ajiona Alexus.  Unlike Carver, Alexus has years of acting experience.  Empire is Jeremy's first major role.  You have to love Lee Daniels for creating opportunities for young entertainers.  Bryshere Y. Gray, who plays Hakeem Lyon, is another actor who lacked experience.

Who Plays Young Lucious On Empire? Jeremy Carver
Who Plays Young Lucious On Empire? Jeremy Carver

Many directors refuse to give new talent an opportunity because of the extra time that is required.  That's not the case with Lee Daniels.  The award-winning producer creates some of his best work with unknown actors.  Bryshere isn't the only cast member who lacked acting experience.  Trai Byers, Grace Gealey and Kaitlin Doubleday were also unknown actors who wouldn't have landed their roles if it wasn't for Daniels.


While Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson were award-winning actors before the show, Empire took their careers to another level.  We can't wait to see how the series impact Jeremy's career!