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Yara Shahidi, a Minnesota native, is a young actress that can currently be seen alongside Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne in ABC's brand new television series, "black-ish" (Fall 2014). Fans will see Shahidi as 'Zoey Johnson,' whose priorities are like many teenagers: to spend time with friends and submerge herself in technology. Shahidi is a well-rounded, young actress, who loves both comedy and drama. Alongside her career, Shahidi is focused and inspired by her advanced academic studies and her desire to contribute to her community, often volunteering and traveling to be of service.
Shahidi began her career, alongside her mother, as a print model and commercial actress. Her first major film came when she was offered the opportunity to audition for the role of 'Olivia Danielson' in the Paramount film "Imagine That," opposite Eddie Murphy. She quickly took to the role of the creative and happy-go-lucky daughter to Murphy, bolstering her love of acting.
Shahidi went on to appear in television series such as ABC's "In the Motherhood" with Cheryl Hines and Megan Mullally, CBS' "Cold Case," Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place," FOX's "Lie to Me," and FOX's "The Finder," to name a few. Shahidi also maintains recurring roles on the hit ABC series "Scandal" as the 'young Olivia Pope' and as 'Maddie' on ABC Family's "The Fosters."
Shahidi's film roles have been varied: Sony Pictures' "Unthinkable," as the daughter of Samuel L. Jackson, Columbia Pictures "Salt," opposite Angelina Jolie, Summit Entertainment's "Alex Cross," as the daughter of Tyler Perry, and the Weinstein Company film "Butter" where she starred opposite Jennifer Garner. Her favorite part of acting is the opportunity to transform into different characters, exploring a different world with every new role.
Shahidi, who is of African American and Iranian descent, focuses on having a well-rounded approach to life. She is enthusiastic about her studies, maintaining a 4.4 GPA. Shahidi is also a history buff who is obsessed with Greek mythology and especially enjoys reading historical fiction and the classics. Shahidi loves rock climbing, is a black belt in karate, and enjoys traveling the world with her family.
Zoey, 15, has everything going for her. She's pretty, popular and super smart. However, she is dripping in privilege and unearned entitlement. Zoey's idea of success is rooted in material things, rather than hard work. The definition of accomplishment for Zoey? To have 100,000 Instagram followers.
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