Here’s what the 18-year-old Black-ish star had to share with the mag:
On how celebrities face backlash for being political: “There is so much fear of actors being political, like that’s not our place, even though I feel that media has always been so inherently political. In the photos that you see of Martin Luther King Jr., even at the march on Washington, there’s Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte and James Baldwin, and all of these other creatives. I think media is both progressive and extremely orthodox and conservative at the same time. Things will happen in the movies before they happen in real life. Sidney Poitier winning an Oscar as a black man was just surreal and at the same time it symbolized forward movement in society.”
On her friends joking about her fake ID: “My friends have always said that if I got a fake ID, it would be to vote early.”
On how the current political climate has had some surprisingly positive effects on her: “I think, oddly, it’s exciting because I don’t think that I would look forward to voting as much if there hadn’t been so much duress happening. It has made life less self-centric, it’s more about community now. And, I mean, it timed out really well for me in terms of going through this stage where you are trying to find your friend group, trying to find who you are, and for so many people to have this common agreement to want to help one another with everything that’s happening. It’s not usually how you start a friendship group: ‘You’re socially aware? Cool, great. We are friends now.’ So that’s really special.”
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