Gladys Knight to Play Herself in Star

Gladys Knight Star Cast Season 1

Soul legend Gladys Knight is hopping the midnight train to Georgia.

The seven-time Grammy winner will play herself on an upcoming episode of Fox’s Star, TVLine has learned.

Lee Daniels’ Atlanta-set drama follows three young women (Ryan Destiny, Jude Demorest and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical group and experience the music business’ highs and lows on their road to fame. The cast also includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Nicholas Gonzalez.

Knight will appear as the aunt of a character named Danielle (Jasmine Burke, The Vampire Diaries). Danielle works in a salon owned by Carlotta (Latifah), and she arranges for her aunt to introduce Alexandra (Destiny) and her singing group at the Taylor Brothers Hair Show. Alexandra’s a huge fan, so she’s psyched.

Knight also played herself in a Season 1 episode of Daniels’ Empire. Her other TV gigs include Hot in ClevelandHouse of Payne30 RockAlly McBeal and Baywatch.

Star will premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 9/8c, then move to its regular time slot on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 9 pm.

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