'Empire' Cast Gifted With Rolexes, But Jussie Smollett Won't Be Wearing His

Jussie Smollett - S 2015
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Jussie Smollett - S 2015

The actor tells THR why he still has yet to put the bling on his wrist.

This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

As everybody at upfronts and beyond knows, Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman gifted the team behind big hit Empire with fancy Rolex watches. But actor Jussie Smollett told THR he still has yet to put the bling on his wrist.

"I never would've bought a Rolex in my life," laughed the Billboard Music Awards performer at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's recent Taste for a Cure fundraiser. "I'm going to have it sitting there only for a momentous occasion, because I can't imagine going outside with something that expensive on my wrist unless I bring pepper spray." Smollett added that he doesn't need a reminder of his good times. "It feels like a billion dreams are coming true. I wake up every day and thank God, my mom, Lee Daniels and Danny Strong."