Shahadi Wright Joseph on Them and Being a Role Model
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At the age of only 15, Shahadi Wright Joseph has achieved things that many actors can only dream of: making a Broadway debut, a lead role in Jordan Peeles Usand played Beyoncé’s younger counterpart in the 2018s The Lion King. Joseph first discovered her love for acting at the age of 8, after booking the role of Nala in The Lion King On Broadway. “After I finished that role, I really knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” she told POPSUGAR. Of The Lion KingShe joined Andrew Lloyd Webbers School of Rock before he finally makes the jump from the stage to the screen. While other actors struggled to make the transition, the film was actually easier for Joseph. “When you’re on Broadway, you always have to do everything right. There is no turning back and no turning back like you do in the movie, so you become something of a perfectionist when it comes to how you act and sing and dance “she announced. Joseph credits this “perfectionist” mentality for making it easier to get things right the first time.
However, Joseph also knows what it’s like to be in an industry that doesn’t always suit you. “I have firsthand experience when it comes to industry inequality and I don’t have the ‘marketable look’. It can be really daunting at times,” she added. But just because it can be difficult at times doesn’t mean Joseph will give up. “You have to keep pushing and going because you will never find out until you try,” she told me. “There will be a lot more no than yes, but you really have to work as hard as you can because the yes is definitely coming.” Where would your idols Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Regina King be if they just stopped after being told “no”?
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When it comes to setting a role model yourself, Joseph seeks to “support all of my friends and all of the people in the industry who are specifically my age.” “Especially in Black Hollywood, we need a circle of support when it comes to our work and our passion,” she added. “It really helps us in the long run.” And Joseph is not alone in her thinking youLena Waithe executive producer shared a similar sentiment about “encouraging people to be creative”. Joseph really hopes she can “inspire young black girls to work and act for themselves and do what they love”. “It is just an honor and a blessing to be able to open doors to others,” she said. “I hope people can really look at my work and say, ‘Oh my god, I want to do this today’ and be inspired by me.”
“Especially in Black Hollywood, we need a circle of support when it comes to our work and our passion.”
As for her passion, Joseph is really committed to women’s rights right now. “As we are in an amazing and interesting new time with a new president, I think women’s rights are especially important when it comes to the black community and they have a lot to do with it.” you At least in terms of intersectionality, “she said. you follows a black family who moved to a predominantly white neighborhood during the great migration of the 1950s. In the series, Joseph portrays the teenage Ruby Lee Emory, who not only has to grapple with where she fits in her predominantly white high school, but also with the insecurities that raise her ugly head.
When the first trailer for you was released in March, it was hard not to make any comparisons between him and UsOne reason for this is that Joseph starred in both. The actress understands the comparisons but wants people to know that the projects are very different. “I’m really excited to see how blacks relate to the Emory family’s struggles,” she said, largely because she believes the show is not just for entertainment. “I think the show is definitely a form of education too and what the family experiences are really meant to scare people about because they are real. Those real experiences can really traumatize a person. When people see them, they will be a bit shocked. Us it was about class, immigration, and American privileges. you definitely focuses on the horrors of racism, especially in the Jim Crow era. ”
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Given that you Joseph focuses on the Jim Crow era and is based on historical events such as the Great Migration and Real Estate Fraud. He also took inspiration from the story for her character. “Ruby Bridges was probably my biggest inspiration, especially when it came to Ruby Lee going to school and finding out her way of life,” she said. “I used to do her research and see all these pictures of her going to and out of school with white people who harass her all the time.” The hardest thing for Joseph was to have to shoot similar school scenes himself you. “It was just so heartbreaking to watch [Ruby] Going through all these traumatic experiences and feeling so helpless because there was nothing I could do about it, “she revealed.” I’m really telling this because we’re both in high school for the first time and that need and want to feel accepted and adapt is just so real. “
Although Joseph was related to Ruby on a personal level, it was hard not to be overwhelmed by the character once in costume. “Once you get into the hair, makeup, and the outfit and see the set, it just overwhelms you. You feel like you’re traveling back in time,” she said. In order to fight the heavy starting material and not be consumed by the character Ruby, she wrote her feelings in a diary, among other things. “I think it’s so important to decompress after capturing these really deep, traumatic scenes. I usually went home and watched some of my favorite movies, did self-care, skincare, showered, or meditated,” she explained. “Journaling is very important too. I think that was probably the most important part for me because it felt almost bittersweet letting go of Ruby because I feel like she has become a part of me. So this part could be difficult … but you’re really just trying your best to separate yourself from the character. “
Not only does Joseph want to break away from the characters she plays, but she also wants audiences to remember that she is more than just a genre. Although she “has found such love and passion for her [horror] Genre “through her roles as Zora Wilson / Umbrae in Us and Ruby Lee Emory continue youJoseph is ready to branch. “I don’t want to be included in the genre because I can do more than that,” she noted. “I would love to do a drama project, stories about growing up, really just something with a different kind of audience because horror is very, very specific.” And if you’re wondering where to see her next, Joseph has some exciting projects coming up that she can’t talk about just yet. However, she told me that she would “definitely” keep us informed. Right now, you can see them on Amazon Prime Videos You: Bund.