'black-ish' Daughter Yara Shahidi Was Once Young Olivia Pope So Line On Up For The New Series, Gladiators
At 14 years old, Yara Shahidi is set to star in the new ABC comedy series Black-ish , which premieres Wednesday. Shahidi plays Zoey Johnson, the daughter of Tracee Ellis Ross' and Anthony Anderson's characters. Excuse the cliche, but despite being only 14, this is not Shahidi's first shot in television shows or movies. If she looks at all familiar to you, it's because she's appeared on a variety of different programs from Bad Teacher to The Fosters, and even did an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place. (Now wondering whether or not she's pals with Selena Gomez, to boot.) However, the pre-teen actress is most well known for playing a young version of Kerry Washington's character on the hit series Scandal.
She really enjoyed her experience playing a younger Olivia Pope. Shahidi told Madame Noire that Washington made a special trip to her school, which was apparently nowhere near where she was filming that day, just to pop in and say "hello." She told the mag:
And Washington isn't Shahidi's first brush with a celebrity, either. She happens to be related to rapper Nas. What are the odds?
Now that her role on Scandal is done, she can focus on black-ish, on which she plays a character who seems to be the opposite of her. In the same interview, Shahidi explains her character:
Sounds like the perfect next step for Young Olivia Pope, don't you think?
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