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KiKi Layne Dishes On Action Choreography & Playing a Black, Female Hero For 'The Old Guard'

KiKi Layne Dishes On Action Choreography & Playing a Black, Female Hero For 'The Old Guard'

KiKi Layne steals a lot of the show in Netflix’s brand new film, The Old Guard.

The actress portrays Nile, a young, Black soldier who discovers her abilities after being killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, and joins the group of immortal mercenaries tasked with protecting humanity.

KiKi opened up in a about her role in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, stressing just how important it was to portray a Black, powerful hero on screen.

“For whatever reason, Hollywood has had a very limited view of what life is and what certain people in certain roles, what they look like, and this film basically says, ‘No. There is so much more room, so many more people who can fill these roles and tell these stories,’” KiKi shared. “I’m just looking at a point where it’s not just a surprise, where it’s like this is the world and our films should reflect it.”

She adds that the first time she got the script, there was no way she’d say no to it.

“When I read the script and her character popped up, I was like, ‘I’m in,’” KiKi says. “The fact that I get to put a young, Black, female hero into the world in a movie like this? Obviously, we know how rare it is. And we need to see ourselves like that. The world needs to see ourselves as heroes, to be inspired by and aspire to be.”

KiKi also spoke with THR about walking away so sore after going through action choreography training for the part.

“Man, I’ve never done anything like that in my life,” she confessed. “It was crazy. I mean, [my trainer] would seriously spend hours a day training me. I would train more in one day than a lot of people train in an entire week because there were so many different aspects of it. We’re learning the choreography, then we’re learning how to do different stunts and how to work with all of these different weapons.”

KiKi adds, “I also learned a lot of boxing, a lot of military and tactical training and information. So, definitely a lot got thrown at me. (Laughs.) But it was necessary, just because the physicality is such an extension of these characters. And then, for the older Old Guard members, they’ve been alive for so long that they kind of need to look like experts with all of this stuff.”

“So, all of us had to be super committed to the training and super committed to walking away with a few bumps and bruises and soreness in places that you didn’t even know could be sore. (Laughs.) But we had to do it because this story’s told in the right way.”

You can watch Kiki alongside Charlize Theron, Luca Marinelli, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Marwan Kenzari in The Old Guard, streaming now on Netflix.

Spoilers ahead here!

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Tahj Mowry Professes His Love For Naya Rivera In Moving Tribute On Instagram

Tahj Mowry Professes His Love For Naya Rivera In Moving Tribute On Instagram

Many celebrities have been sharing their thoughts and prayers for Naya Rivera‘s safe return since it was reported she had went missing during a boating trip on Lake Piru in California earlier this week.

However, none were as emotional as Tahj Mowry‘s.

Tahj, who you’ll recognize from Baby Daddy, Smart Guy and Sister, Sister, shared a heartbreaking tribute to Naya, and revealed that the two used to date.

“My sweet Naya – to say that I am devastated would be an understatement. This is a nightmare. Everyday gets harder. However, I am holding onto hope that you will be found,” he started on Instagram. “We grew up together. We became adults together. We experienced so many firsts together. You were my first experience with everything; love, intimacy, heartbreak. We broke each others hearts and then mended them back together…more than once. I will never not think of you. No woman has ever measured up what you gave me or how you made me feel.”

He continued, “I’ve never liked to admit it but I have never stopped loving you. A part of me always wished for the day where God would bring us back together to be what we dreamt we could have been.”

“I pray deeply for the Rivera family and that God blankets them with strength, peace, and love right now. Mychal and Nickayla – you will always be like younger siblings to me and I love you dearly. I watched you two grow up into beautiful adults. George and Yolanda – whatever you need I am here for you. We are forever family and I love you. ⁣

“I ask everyone reading this to please lift up, along with the entire Rivera family, Ryan and Josey in prayer and to respect what they are going through during this time. I pray that God showers the entire family with strength and peace that only He can give. ⁣

Tahj went on, “I still have faith. I still have hope. Let’s please all pray that she is found and brought home safely.”

“Naya, I miss you deeply. I wish I got the chance to tell you that once more but I’m believing I will get that chance,” he added. “I know deep down you’ve always known how I felt. I look forward to the day where I can see your beautiful face once more and tell you everything I’ve wanted to say that I didn’t get the chance to say. I love you forever. I always have and I always will. ”

Earlier today, the Ventura County Sheriff updated press about the search for Naya.

Queen Elizabeth Was Gifted The Perfect Quarantine Present From Young Royal Fan

Queen Elizabeth Was Gifted The Perfect Quarantine Present From Young Royal Fan

Queen Elizabeth II has been in isolation with Prince Philip during lockdown in England, but she had something else to keep her busy amid the pandemic.

Seven-year-old royal fan Timothy Madders send the sovereign a homemade “Happiness Word Search”, according to the BBC.

The word search book included words like “hug” and “friends,” along with a sweet letter from him to her.

“He wanted to do something to cheer her up and he did it in his neatest handwriting,” Timothy‘s mom, Jo, shared of the gift. “He sent it with a letter saying how she might be feeling sad or lonely because of lockdown… he picked happiness as a theme because he wanted words that would make people think of happy things as they did it.”

Timothy‘s book made the Queen so happy that she wrote him a personal letter, thanking him for his “kind letter, and for the puzzle.”

The letter also expressed that she hopes they are “keeping safe and well” and that his “thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated.”

“It was very good [the letter] and it was very important and made me happy that she liked it,” Tim shared. “She’s probably wanting to keep herself busy.”

Just recently, Queen Elizabeth jumped on the Zoom call train and joined her daughter, the Princess Royal on a call.

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Jason Derulo Addresses Rumors That He Makes $75K For His TikTok Videos

Jason Derulo Addresses Rumors That He Makes $75K For His TikTok Videos

Jason Derulo reportedly makes a lot of money from posting videos on TikTok, although he’s not revealing the actual amount.

In a new interview with Complex, the 30-year-old musician was promoting his new single “Cono” when the conversation turned to the popular social media app, which might be banned in the US.

Jason explained that he enjoys the creativity that TikTok allows: “I feel like I thrive on TikTok because I can show me. TikTok is all about creation and I love building things from nothing.”

He also admitted that he is earning a lot of money from his videos too, but didn’t say just how much. The rumor is that Jason earns about $75,000 per video.

“I think it’s tacky to say what I do make from them, but it’s far more than that,” he laughed. “But, I’m not going to say what it is.”

You can check out two of Jason‘s most recent TikToks on JustJared.com now – even the one where he pranked his fans that he chipped his tooth!

Brie Larson Shows Her Love For Ariana Grande & Drops Another Cover - Listen Here!

Brie Larson Shows Her Love For Ariana Grande & Drops Another Cover - Listen Here!

Brie Larson is showing off her immense love for Ariana Grande with a brand new cover!

The 30-year-old Just Mercy actress took to her Instagram Stories to share a brand new, acoustic cover of Ariana‘s “Be Alright”, and it sounds heavenly.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Brie Larson

Brie hasn’t been shy about her love for Ariana and her music in the past.

Last year, Brie teamed up with her Captain Marvel co-star Samuel L. Jackson for a sing-a-long to Ariana‘s “7 Rings” track during their appearance on Carpool Karaoke, and followed that up with another cover of “My Everything”.

Brie also debuted a stunning cover of “God Is A Woman” last year as well. Take a listen to that now!

“*~*ariana forever*~*”, Brie captioned her cover then.

Watch Brie‘s latest video below now!

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Jamie Lynn Spears Picks The Person She Wants To Play Zoey in a 'Zoey 101' Reboot

Jamie Lynn Spears Picks The Person She Wants To Play Zoey in a 'Zoey 101' Reboot

Jamie Lynn Spears knows exactly who she’d like to play Zoey in a possible Zoey 101 reboot – her daughter, Maddie!

“Maybe she could play Zoey when she was younger or something,” the 29-year-old actress and singer shared in a new interview with ET.

Jamie starred as the titular character when she was just 12-years-old until she was 17 in 2008, before the show ultimately ended.

“It’s really strange to look at my now-12-year-old and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, like, I was on a show at this point.’ It’s bizarre, I’m like, I can’t imagine,” Jamie shared. “But then I see all the things that she does that are so amazing. I’m like, I could’ve never stepped up in those ways.”

Jamie adds, “It just really is cool to be able to put myself where she is and what I was doing at this time… I’m able to have a different perspective that I think is important as we hopefully go on this next journey of seeing my children see me when I was their age. It’s really bizarre.”

The cast actually just reunited for an All That sketch. Check it out below now!

Kristen Stewart Picks Up Something Fun From The Store in LA

Kristen Stewart Picks Up Something Fun From The Store in LA

Kristen Stewart heads back to her car after a short trip to a store in Los Angeles on Friday (July 10) in Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old actress joined a friend to pick up some items from their local Rite Aid, including a plastic bat and ball toy and some wine for a get together with friends.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kristen Stewart

Just recently, it was announced that Kristen would be starring as Princess Diana in a new fictionalized film titled Spencer.

Many fans were upset with the fact that Kristen would be portraying the iconic royal, and others were in favor of it. You can see all their reactions here…

Just recently, Kristen was also spotted out in a rare appearance with girlfriend Dylan Meyer. See those pics here!

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