“Black-ish” and “Grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi covers the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine photographed by Sami Drasin.
On her generation: “The thing people don’t fully understand about my generation is just how multifaceted we are. Oftentimes, people like to oversimplify what [we] believe in or do, whether that’s, ‘Oh, you’re on your phones all the time,’ or, ‘Oh, you’re very self-centered,’ but what I’ve seen from my peers is that we’re socially engaged and curious about the world.”
On her Eighteen x 18 initiative aimed at registering and informing other teens ahead of the midterms: “My passion really stemmed from having gone through the 2016 election, where myself and many of my peers were unable to vote. A lot of them went with their parents to the polls, but there was that feeling of being lost. Like, ‘What can we do to contribute to our sociopolitical landscape?’”
[Photo Credit: Sami Drasin/The Hollywood Reporter]