ABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — On Black-ish, Yara Shahidi plays a very astute and confident young woman, dealing with the issues any teenager faces growing up today, including social media, getting into college and, of course, dating.
Her sense of self is something she will bring into her Black-ish spin-off Grown-ish, which will focus on her character’s move out of the house and into college.
“What’s exciting about Grown-ish is it’s very specifically focused on the Generation Z experience,” she said in an interview with ABC News. “I feel like college campuses are highly politicized right now. And to be in that kind of environment, especially when Zoey has grown up in her perfect socioeconomic, liberal bubble … those are kind of going to be shattered and she has to figure out who she is in the larger context of the world around her.”
She said fans should expect to see a different side to Zoey.
“To have a moment where Zoey is actually unsure of herself is really big, because she is this confident character,” she added. “While every other character may be spazzing out, she’s the one person who is really calm and seems like she has everything together.”
Production for the Grown-ish starts next month, with the premiere to arrive in early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App.
In real life, meanwhile, Shahidi was accepted to Harvard University.
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