Yara Shahidi recently sat down with InStyle magazine to share a few fun facts about her life that we didn’t previously know. Take a look at what the ‘Black-ish’ star said about her heritage and childhood dream!


Fact #1: Yara has a bit of Viking within.

It appears that the young star is both Iranian and Viking as she tells InStyle, “We’re Choctaw Native American and African-American—our family originated in Ghana, and then there’s a portion of our family that’s the descendants of Vikings.” Wow!

Fact #2: She once had the career goal of working for the FBI.

“That was 7-year-old Yara’s plan, and then I realized I actually liked acting, so I kept auditioning.”

Fact #3: She personally knows the individual off of which her ‘Black-ish’ character is based.

“I went to school with [creator] Kenya Barris’s daughter for a year, and I didn’t know that my character was based on her going into it. It’s interesting to compare what I originally thought of Zoey with how she’s developed. All I knew is that she was sassy, technologically advanced, and went to some preppy private school.” How cool is that?

Fact #4: She gets all of her styling tips from Kerry Washington.

“I frequently wear things that are far too conservative for a teenager. I’ll roll up with saddle pants and blazers and button-down shirts and oxfords. [Washington] taught me that, as a young actress, not to change you who are or your values or morals for a role, because what’s really authentic is when someone is true to who they are.”

Fact #5: Yara is a Marvel fanatic.

“I track what Marvel’s doing all day every day. I love the X-Men trilogy, Thor, and Thor 2. It all started when I was in Cleveland and the Avengers cast was staying at the same hotel as I was. They were shooting it in Cleveland, so Chris Hemsworth just came in and went swimming when I was in the hot tub.”

Photo: InStyle



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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