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Serayah Says Her 'Empire' Character Tiana 'Is Crazy'

Serayah Says Her 'Empire' Character Tiana 'Is Crazy'

Serayah gets cheeky in this inside shot from the October 2015 issue of ASOS.

Here’s what the 19-year-old Empire actress had to share:

On her character Tiana: “When I got the lines for my first audition, I was like, ‘Tiana is crazy!’ She’s just met this guy and she goes backstage with him and is supposed to do crazy things with him – that we ended up not doing – which I’m so glad for! She’s so racy and the opposite of me, but then in some ways, so me, because she wants to be a performer and is into entertainment. I really connect with that side of her, but a lot of things she does I’m like, ‘Ooookkkaaaayyy… Really guys?’ But that’s Tiana!”

On how she first met Taylor Swift: “I was driving, and my mum called me, saying, ‘So guess who just called me? Taylor Swift!’ I was clicking the volume on the phone to make sure I’d heard properly. Mum was trying to explain and I kept cutting her off with questions! She said that Taylor had asked for my number so she could talk through everything about the video, I was like, ‘Don’t ask me! Just get her to text me now!’ When Taylor called, she said, ‘Thank you so much for saying you’ll do it’ and I replied, ‘Come on! Anything! I’m there!’ But it just shows that huge pop stars or actors or actresses can still have that humility, which is so inspiring. A lot of people, as they get bigger, they lose that, so it’s really cool to see someone leading by example. Especially for young girls.”

On her future acting plans: “[I want to] Do a feature film. I want to play a superhero and do crazy stunts. When I did Bad Blood, I was like, ‘This is everything!’ I want to master my music sound and what it is that I represent. My long-term goals… get behind the camera to direct and produce, invest in real estate and have a family.”

Serayah is also pictured below at the cover celebration held at Gjelina on Monday afternoon (August 31) in Venice, Calif.


Empire’s Serayah McNeill interview & ASOS Magazine cover shoot

FYI: Serayah is wearing a Nissa Jewelry double bar ring.

15+ pictures inside of Serayah

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Photos: Getty, ASOS
Posted to: Magazine, Serayah

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