Stevenson grad to appear on ‘Empire’

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published April 26, 2017

 Actor Revon Yousif, a Stevenson High School graduate, is scheduled to appear on Fox’s TV show “Empire” May 3.

Actor Revon Yousif, a Stevenson High School graduate, is scheduled to appear on Fox’s TV show “Empire” May 3.

Photo by Jessica Kobeissi

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An actor who grew up in Sterling Heights is on the verge of expanding his empire in the acting world by making an appearance on a national television show.

Revon Yousif, 25, is scheduled to appear on the Fox TV show “Empire” at 9 p.m. May 3. Yousif said he can’t reveal much about his character except that his name is Harry and he is an R&B singer.

“Acting and singing are the two things I love doing most, so being able to do both on a show that I’m a huge fan of is a dream come true,” Yousif said in a statement.

Yousif told the Sentry that he was born in Detroit and was raised in Sterling Heights, where he attended and graduated from Stevenson High School. While he said he didn’t actually do any acting or drama in school back then, he still remembers what a student teacher told him that led him to take a closer look at his career.

“She randomly said to me one day that I was very charismatic, and I didn’t know what that meant, and she said that it’s just a trait that actors usually have,” he said.

Yousif said his parents weren’t really gung-ho about him becoming an actor and instead preferred that he enter a profession with more job security. But he said he started laying the foundation for an acting career after graduation and began taking acting courses on his own. He attended Oakland University and began to have success auditioning for roles.

“From then on, I started doing short films and student films and some indie feature films,” he said. “Once you start, you really can’t stop.”

Last year, Fox conducted a search for a musician to appear on “Empire,” Yousif said. He said that while he doesn’t play an instrument, he can sing, so he auditioned and made it to the top four finalists out of approximately 6,000 contestants.

Yousif said he was disappointed that he didn’t acquire the role, but circumstances changed in January, when his agent asked him to return to Chicago for an audition, which led him to his upcoming appearance on the show.

Ashley Abbod, who currently lives in California, said she moved from California to Michigan when she was 16 and spent a year at Stevenson, where she ended up being classmates with Yousif. She also described him as charismatic, as well as outspoken and “kind of like the life of the party,” and she added that he showed an interest in acting.

“He always expressed that to me,” she said. “He’s always wanted to do that since a young age.”

Yousif said he recently moved to Chicago from the metro Detroit area in order to audition for bigger and better roles.

“A lot of things are in the works,” he explained. “I do feel like this opportunity will definitely open more doors, just because it’s a network TV show (and) a huge hit right now.

“This is just the beginning. I’m hoping and praying that this will be the role that does introduce me to bigger projects and more substantial work.”

Find Revon Yousif on Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat @RevonYousif. Find out more about “Empire” by visiting www.fox.com/Empire.

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