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Yara Shahidi is shining right now. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 18-year-old actress goes in-depth about what it’s like to be an actress, activist, and soon-to-be Harvard freshman. In a couple of weeks, Yara will be filming season 2 of Grown-ish all while she is starting her first year in college.
Even with everything Yara has going on she still found time to launch Eighteen x 18’s first national summit. This is a voter registration event which will take place next month in Los Angeles.
During her interview for The Hollywood Reporter Yara says, “My passion really stemmed from having gone through the 2016 election, where myself and many of my peers were unable to vote. A lot of us with our parents to the polls, but there was that feeling of being lost. like, what can we do to contribute to our sociopolitical landscape?”
Yara also talks about the importance of education, her podcast plans, and how she manages to balance it all. “The thing people don’t fully understand about my generation is just how multifaceted we are. Often sometimes, people like to oversimplify what [we] believe in or do, whatever that’s, ‘oh you’re on your phones all the time, ‘or, ‘oh, you’re very self-centered, ‘but what I’ve seen from my peers is that we’re socially engaged and curious about the world.”
18, activist, Harvard-bound: How Yara Shahidi became the face and brain of young Hollywood. The star found fame on @blackishabc and its spinoff, @grownish, but she's finding her voice as the unofficial spokesperson for the young and woke: "If Yara wants to be president one day, she will be." Read this week's cover story – link in profile. Photo: @samidrasin
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Written By: Fantasia. H