Nia Long Denies Diva Label + Promo Pics from ‘Empire’ Set

NIA LONG ON EMPIRE

Set Life: Nia Long on ‘Empire’

Amid reports of diva behavior on the set of Empire, Nia Long’s rep has released a statement calling the rumors “pure nonsense.” As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Nia has been accused in the press of doing everything from showing up late to tapings, to feuding with the show’s leading lady Taraji P. Henson.

Nia recently joined the cast of the hit Fox drama, portraying Giuliana; Lucious’ latest conquest and Cookie’s newest adversary. According to Empire executive producer Ilene Chaiken, Nia’s episodes will be explosive. “Nia is a gifted actress, and we’re grateful for the incredible work she did on ‘Empire’ in this pivotal role. Her character is a nemesis for Cookie, and the stories in the press would appear to be conflating that fiction with reality. We can’t wait for the fans to enjoy her spectacular turn on the show. It’s pure ‘Empire’ drama.”

Nia is expected to make her first appearance via the April 12th episode titled The Naked Villainy. You can check out promo pics and episode synopsis below.

“Hakeem throws an epic 21st birthday party and live-streams it all on Empire Xstream. Meanwhile, suspicions surrounding Anika’s motives put the Lyons on high alert and the arrival of Giuliana gives Cookie a run for her money.”