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Yara Shahidi Opens Up About Being an Actress & Finding a Support Network

Yara Shahidi graces the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia‘s June 2018 issue and is featured in a cover story by Emily Baxter-Priest, out now.

Here’s what the 18-year-old Black-ish actress had to say…

On diversity in Hollywood: “I love being able to turn on the television and see everyone from Issa Rae to Constance Wu to Priyanka Chopra. It’s amazing, so I feel like we’re expanding with diversity. We’re saying it’s more than ethnicity, it’s religion, it’s sexuality, it’s all the intersections that make a human. It’s inspiring and it makes every piece of media more universal. At the same time, as an African-American-Iranian, well, we do have some ways to go. I have yet to receive a script for a half-Iranian character.”

On being an actress and finding a support system: “I think you have to approach the industry in the same way you would with anything, with a support network. Don’t go at it by yourself, there’s a lot to take in, you do fall prey. The idea that you’re supposed to figure out the best move for you is overwhelming. You need to gain guidance and have people that are there for you. I feel like Hollywood is a paradox because it thrives on authenticity but then you’re being paid not be yourself. It’s about finding your middle ground, about realizing [criticism] is not personal. You have to fine tune your craft and find your balance of being supportive of yourself.”

On not limiting herself: “I’m learning and constantly reminding myself that while there are so many barriers connected to our identity, I have to be really cognizant to realize I’m not one of my own barriers, if that makes sense? There’s so much happening and whether you look at culture or politics there’s so much to deal with just to get through the day, so this year has been reminding myself that I shouldn’t be preventing myself or putting up barriers for myself.”

For more from Yara, visit HarpersBazaarArabia.com.

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Eddie Cibrian & Rachel Bilson Promote 'Take Two' at Disney/ABC Upfronts!

Eddie Cibrian is dapper as he poses alongside Rachel Bilson while attending the 2018 Disney/ABC International Upfronts at the Walt Disney Studio Lot on Sunday (May 20) in Burbank, Calif.

The Take Two co-stars were joined at the event by Grand Hotel‘s Roselyn Sanchez and Demian Bichir, Grown-ish‘s Yara Shahidi, Halle Bailey and Chloe Bailey, The Fix‘s Robin Tunney and Breckin Meyer, and RunawaysAriela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Lyrica Okano, Allegra Acosta, Rhenzy Feliz and Virginia Gardner.

Also in attendance to promote their shows were Forest Whitaker, Mary McCormack, SirensEline Powell, Station 19‘s Jaina Lee Ortiz and Jason George, and Cloak & Dagger‘s Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt.

Take Two centers on “Ella (Rachel), the former star of a hit cop series who is fresh out of rehab following a bender of epic proportion. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing rough-and-tumble private investigator Eddie (Eddie) as research for a potential comeback role,” according to THR.

FYI: Rachel is wearing an A.L.C. dress. Virginia is wearing Jared Lehr jewelry.

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Yara Shahidi Expertly Raps 'Hamilton' Verse on 'Fallon' (Video)

Did you know Yara Shahidi could rap?

The 18-year-old Black‑ish actress showed off her skills during her Tonight Show appearance on Monday (May 14).

“I have been such a large Hamilton fan and, I mean, I don’t want to take credit but I’m fully taking credit [for] the reason that anybody on the set [of Grown-ish] listens to the Hamilton soundtrack,” she told host Jimmy Fallon.

When Jimmy asked Yara what her favorite song from the musical is, Yara answered, “Cabinet Battle #1,” explaining, “I’ve made my brothers memorize the lyrics so we can battle.”

She then raps, “If we assume the debts, the union gets a new line of credit, a financial diuretic / How do you not get it? If we’re aggressive and competitive the union gets a boost / You’d rather give it a sedative?”

“Slim Shahidi made her first public appearance on @fallontonight ‼️ #Hamilton/homage ✨,” Yara shared on Instagram.

Fun fact: The Roots, the show’s band, executive produced the original Broadway cast recording.

Watch below!


Yara Shahidi Raps Hamilton’s “Cabinet Battle #1″

FYI: Yara is wearing Arias.

Click inside to watch the other videos from Yara’s appearance…More Here! »

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These 25 Celebrities Attended Their First Met Gala in 2018!

The Met Gala is a time for many celebrities to stand out and show off their stylish best.

And on Monday night (May 7), plenty of stars made their big debut on the red carpet for the first time at the 2018 Met Gala!

From “Bodak Yellow” sensation Cardi B to singer-songwriter superstar Shawn Mendes to Master of None star Lena Waithe, plenty of stars made their debut during this year’s “Heavenly Bodies”-themed event.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Met Gala

Want to see all the stars who attended their first Met Gala this year?

Click through the slideshow to find out…

Zendaya & Laura Harrier Show Off Their Legs at Versace Met Gala 2018 After Party!

Zendaya is all smiles as she strikes a fun pose while attending Versace’s 2018 Met Gala After Party held at the Mark Hotel on Monday evening (May 7) in New York City.

The 21-year-old Greatest Showman star was joined at the event by Laura Harrier, Yara Shahidi and her Black-ish mom Tracee Ellis Ross, as they all slipped into more comfortable looks from their outfits on the 2018 Met Gala red carpet.

Zendaya got a special shout out from her Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star Tom Holland about her epic Versace look for the night – See what he had to say here!

FYI: Zendaya is wearing a Versace dress, an n:PHILANTHROPY top, Christian Louboutin shoes and Tiffany & Co. jewelry. Laura is wearing Louis Vuitton.

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