Who Is Harper Scott On 'Empire'? Annie Ilonzeh Will Take On A Very Important Role
Marisa Tomei's Mimi Whiteman isn't the only new character that's going to shake things up for the Lyon family this season. Starting on Wednesday, Empire will introduce the character of Harper Scott, a TV reporter who sets her sights on the Lyon Empire and all the secrets that come along with it. Originally reported by Entertainment Weekly, Harper Scott, who is played by Annie Ilonzeh, is described as "tough, smart, and not above using her seductive appearance to get answers." So you can expect to see some sexual tension to crop up between her and one of the Lyon family members fairly early on. (Any takers on who it will be?) And considering that the character will be appearing in the final eight episodes of the season, I'd say she's going to end up playing a very important role moving forward, which may not be to Empire's benefit.
But while her character still remains a bit of a mystery, the actress herself is no stranger to life on the small screen. In fact, odds are that you've definitely seen her in something before. Prior to being cast on Empire, Ilonzeh starred in ABC’s 2011 reboot of Charlie’s Angels . And while the series itself didn't last very long, the actress has been popping up all over various networks ever since.
From appearing on Switched at Birth as Lana Bracelet to playing Laurel Lance's best friend, Joanna De La Vega, on Arrow, Ilonzeh has become a very recognizable face throughout the industry. But just in case that alone isn't enough to convince you, she also nabbed major roles in shows like Drop Dead Diva, Person of Interest, and Graceland before it was cancelled by the USA Network. Suffice to say, I think she's more than up to taking on the Lyon dynasty and becoming a great addition to an already amazing cast.
Outside of the small screen, Ilonzeh has also been featured on the silver screen as well and can be found in movies such as Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and the popular romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You. (So basically anything with a really long title.) But television seems to be where this star truly shines and I, for one, can't wait to see what kind of drama unfolds once she hits the Empire scene. Something tells me it's going to be an unforgettable experience.