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Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi Talks about 'Black-ish'

Yara Shahidi is an actress known for her role in the 2009 movie, "Imagine That" and for her role on 'Black-ish' as Zoey. Yara attended the LGM Love Awards on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. This funny, bright and down to earth girl made the Love Awards a night to remember. She was interviewed by 2015 Washington DC, cover girl, Sierra Roundtree, about her life as an actress.

Sierra: How did you land the role of Zoey?

Yara: I read the script and fell in love with it. It was so timely. It was around the time of the Travon Martin case. Previously, I had gotten scripts that did not portray a positive black image. So, to have this come in to my life was a beautiful moment. I was really able to become my character Zoey. She was this talkative, confident character. The first thing I had to do was remember this long monologue. When I walked into the room there was positive energy and it was the best first audition ever. I just had fun. In the end I was picked as Zoey for the first 24 episodes and that was pretty amazing.

Sierra: What was one of your most embarrassing moments?

Yara: I don't get embarrassed easily. I am the kind of person that if I see someone dancing alone I will join them. I do the robot; I am that kind of person. It's always fun when Tracee (Tracee Ellis Ross) and I sing at the top of our lungs and the director comes in and says, "Could you start your scene now, please?"

Sierra: Do any of the characters from 'Black-ish' remind you of your own family?

Yara: Yes, all the time. My seven year-old brother is like an amalgamation of the twins, but one human body. There are so many episodes like "The Nod." I am Andre Junior in this situation. I felt like I understood what it is like to not know what to do when someone nods, because you do not know how it is going to turn out when you respond. Should you say, "Hey, how are you?" or just wave. I remember reading the script and having this conversation with my parents.

Sierra: How does it feel to have fans?

Yara: It is great to have supporters. It is surreal that someone takes 30 minutes out of their day to watch the show and tweet about it at 9:30 at night, which is too late. It is already past my bedtime. That is someone else's life and they decided to take their life span and watch us, which is pretty amazing.

 

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