Cleveland girl scores gig of a lifetime on ‘Empire’: It’s magical, unbelievable’

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- On Wednesday night's all new "Empire," a star was born.

The girl playing a young Cookie in the flashback episode is 9-year-old London Arrington, a fourth grader at Ss. Robert and William Catholic School in Euclid.

"It's magical, unbelievable. I can't believe it's actually here," said London.

London's agent got a call in early September.

"It was awesome because I know she watched the show. When I told her, she was like, 'mommy are you kidding me?'" said April Burt, mother.

But the news got even better.

London was cast as a young Cookie and shooting was to start immediately in Chicago.
"I get a call back. They want her to come tomorrow. I was like, 'what? let's go!'" said Leonard Arrington, father.

"I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. Because I was just so happy. And it was my first time on a real show," said London.

London spent over 14 hours on set.

"It felt like I was really on a movie scene, felt like a main character; I felt like a star," said London.

The episode featured Cookie's backstory, whose Catholic school uniform can’t hide ‘the Cookie spark.’

And if you didn't recognize her before, you will now! London scored a recurring role.

She appears in more episodes this season and more episodes to come in season 4.

"It just felt like everything. It felt like God gave me this opportunity and I loved it," said London.

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