For Saniyya Sidney, 2021 was the beginning of something truly amazing. With the premiere of her latest film, King Richard, the young star has truly taken her career to the next level and Hollywood is noticing. As a result, Saniyya Sidney has won multiple awards for her role in King Richard. 


The teen recently posted on Instagram, “Ending this year dancing into the New. With so much gratitude we got to share our “King Richard” family with you. I hope this movie brought you inspiration that your dreams are valid & important. That belief is the fuel which ignites you – through the long game- for your most heartfelt dreams to come true.”

And her dreams have unquestionably started to materialize. In acknowledgement of her work on King Ricard, Sidney recently received the Palm Springs Award.

On January 8th, the young star will accept the “Star on the Rise” award from HCA Film Awards. 

Coming in March, the talented teen will receive the Virtuosos Award on March 2, 2022.

Sidney sat down for an exclusive interview to talk finding family with the Williams sisters drama, King Richard. Take a look at some of the things she had to say below to Gold Derby.

Sidney on becoming a family with castmates.

We just felt so comfortable on set and we became a family. We became the Williams family. It felt real. It felt like we were in a fairy tale in a book. We were just these amazing people. It was my intent every day to bring my best and 100 percent for Mr. Will. What I love about him is that he was like, let’s be better than yesterday. I stepped up to the net with him and left it all on the court, no pun intended.

Sidney on a pivotal moment in the film where her character Venus Williams thinks her father doesn’t believe in her.

That was such an evolution for Venus at that point of the story. That was like, ‘Saniyya, how would you feel if your mom or dad was like you can’t do this anymore, and the thing you loved so much was stripped away from you.’ That was what helped me channel that mostly.

Sidney on scene work with Will Smith in relation to that pivotal scene.

We were both just Richard and Venus, balling and crying. But each time we were doing it we got more and more into it. We were like, ‘Yeah, it’s definitely time to challenge each other right now.’ We would bring out different emotions in each other, that was what was so beautiful about that scene.

To read and view the interview in its entirety, click here. We cannot wait to see what 2022 has next for this truly talented young lady. We have a feeling, with several projects in the works, that it is going to be amazing! 

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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