Former NBA powerhouse Kobe Bryant is moving from the basketball court to the courtroom with a new role on the hit ABC drama series, How to Get Away With Murder. There have been rumors that Kobe had read for a guest-spot on the series, but he confirmed the news himself this weekend.
Kobe made an appearance at UCLA on Saturday night for the Annie Awards, the annual awards celebration for animators.
While signing autographs, Kobe was approached by reporters who shouted questions his way, including an inquiry into whether he would be appearing on the show.
Kobe confirmed his casting and had nothing but praise for the show’s writers and producers and its star, actress Viola Davis.
Speaking of Davis, she too was asked about Kobe appearing on the series in recent days but refused to answer — despite her own Twitter account earlier teasing the appearance.
It’s unclear whether Kobe will be appearing on How to Get Away With Murder as himself or if he’ll be playing an original character.
The basketball superstar has only limited acting experience, appearing in a 1996 episode of Moesha and playing himself in the 2015 comedy Daddy’s Home.
Since retiring from the NBA in 2016, Kobe has kept busy with his business ventures, including Bryant-Stibel, a venture capital firm focusing on media, gaming, and technology.
How to Get Away With Murder is now in its fourth season and is well-known for allowing Davis to become the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstand Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Legendary actress Cicely Tyson was nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the show in 2015.
Later this year, the show will crossover with another popular Shonda Rhimes series, Scandal, which is now in its final season.
Both shows air as part of the “Shondaland” block alongside Grey’s Anatomy Thursday nights on ABC.