You probably already know Shahidi from her role as Zoey on black-ish. The series is having its season finale tonight, leaving us all bereft since we’ll have to wait for the fall to see the second season. But the show is ending its first season on a high note: We’re going back in time to the ’20s to see what members of the Johnson family tree were doing back in the day.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Shahidi for the Entertainment Weekly Community. Here’s a snippet of the interview:
What do you think it is about your character Zoey that makes her a great character to play?
I’m not very similar to Zoey, which is a fun challenge. It’s fun playing this [developing] teen that wants to gain her independence, but at the same time, is dependent on her family. It’s a cool dynamic that’s established in the relationship with her mother and the kind of relationship she has with her father. She’s kind of close to her father, but they butt heads, because they’re the exact same human being. She’s not very close to her mother, but at the same time, she’s kind of the ringleader of her siblings.