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Why Will Smith Is Mentoring Bryshere Gray from “Empire”

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Will Smith is looking out for another West Philly native … Empire star Bryshere Gray. HipHollywood caught up with Smith at the premiere of his latest film Focus where he told us he’s been mentoring Bryshere on how to take his career to the next level.  So what advice has he given the 21-year-old rapper turned actor?

“He’s surrounded by a whole lot of strength and a whole lot of love so as long as he adds discipline he’ll be alright,” said Smith whose personal bodyguard Charlie Mack is also watching over Gray.

And Gray is heeding the advice and is quite thankful. “Its like Uncle Will, who is better to give you advice … he’s the greatest and it’s making me well prepared to work with Taraji and Terrence Howard.”

On Fox’s Empire Bryshere plays Hakeem Lyons, a rising hip hop star, and the youngest son of Lucious and Cookie Lyons. Off screen, Bryshere goes by the name Yazz The Greatest and has opened for artists like Fabolous and 2 Chainz.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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