"I’m Just Trying Every Day To Be The Best Human Possible"

Yara Shahidi is grateful for the opportunities that have come her way. The young star shares the blessings of starring in two hit series, Black-ish and Grown-ish, with PEOPLE exclusively.

“I feel like what Black-ish and Grown-ish have taught me is that my opinion matters,” she says. “It’s something that I already knew, and something that my parents always affirmed, but I guess it was a re-affirmation of sorts,” Shahidi adds.


“Being on a set in which they want to hear your voice, and they want to hear your input — you know, it’s very special for an actor — but particularly, a teenager. And a teenage girl. There’s statistics done on just how subdued our voices are because we aren’t really given a space or the support.”

Yara definitely has space to express herself. In fact, the Harvard-bound actress has experienced a bit of the college life before heading to university, thanks to Grown-ish.

“Of course, I think Grown-ish college is nice, and of course, it’s taught me a whole lot about college that I didn’t know before,” Yara shares. “But it is cool to live a very alternative experience, and not feel as though my own college experience is being taken away from me, or I’m living it. I get to live a new, authentic experience that’s going to be so different from what we do on set.”



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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