Zoey Johnson is helping Yara Shahidi grow up. The young star takes ESSENCE readers behind the cover to tell them how her character on Freeform’s Grown-ish is preparing her for life in college. “[Zoey in Grown-ish] isn’t the confident, super-fabulous person all of the time,” Yara explains. “Then, of course, there’s certain things that Zoey does that Yara has never considered doing,” Shahidi continues.
“So there’s certain moments where Zoey does a lot of growing up for me and a lot of experimentation, which means that by the time I go to college, all the experimenting is done. Like, I’ve already done it onset and they’ve called ‘cut.'” See what else Yara says about the cast members and the direction of the show now that she’s officially 18-years-old in the clip above!