Who Plays Young Lucious On Empire? Jeremy Carver

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!

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Who Plays Young Cookie Lyon On Empire? Ajiona Alexus Brown

In the “Sin That Amends” episode we got to see young Cookie in action and she’s just as fierce as present day Cookie.  When she sees Lucious and his crew performing Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend” on the block, she makes her presence felt with all the right moves.  It’s love at first sight for Lucious!

Young Cookie Empire Ajiona Alexus
Young Cookie Empire Ajiona Alexus

Actress, Ajiona Alexus Brown plays the Loretha “Cookie” Lyon on Empire flashbacks on the show’s third season.  We love the show’s amazing team for introducing us to so many new talented stars.  Ajiona is an actress and singer, best known for her role as De’anna on The Rickey Smiley Show.  The Alabama native has a substantial amount of pressure on her with Taraji P. Henson setting the bar very high.




Ajiona was born on March 16, 1996 in Tuskegee, Alabama.  She moved to Birmingham when she was 3-years-old.  In past interviews, Taraji P. Henson has reminded us that she’s a professionally trained actress thanks to Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts.  Similar to Henson, Alexus has years of professional training and experience.

Who Plays Young Loretha Cookie Lyon On Empire? Ajiona Alexus
Who Plays Young Loretha Cookie Lyon On Empire? Ajiona Alexus

Ajiona began acting in theatre plays when she was very young.  At the age of 8, she delivered her first monologue on stage.  Her parents noticed how talent their baby girl was and enrolled her in acting and dance classes.  In the 7th grade, she became a student at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Portraying Cookie Lyon as a teenager will definitely lead to additional opportunities.  The actress also loves rapping and performing spoken word.  We would love to see a spinoff series based on the Lyon’s younger years.  Ajiona will show the world Loretha Lyon before she spent those 17 years in prison and we can’t wait!

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