Yara Shadihi will be 18 years old!
The Grown-ish star turned a year older on Saturday as well as her TV mom, Tracee Ellis Ross, couldn’t help although gush about her on-screen daughter.
“Happy 18th Birthday sweet as well as beautiful @yarashahidi …Your interest in as well as focus on change excites me. Your love of learning comforts me. The way you admire as well as drink in James Baldwin makes me love you!” Ross wrote on Instagram alongside a slideshow of the two of them. “The way you use your light as a way to deepen our understanding of humanity as well as further social progress motivates me. Thank goodness you are currently taking your rightful place as a person who can vote! (Still love these photos by @terrytsiolis by 2014).”
Shahidi replied to Ross’ post, writing, “Thank you for the love Tracee. Happy to grow up as well as into myself in a space like Black-ish.”
The birthday girl also posted a very personal note on her Instagram, explaining how her 17th year was her favorite.
“I think my 17th Year may have been my favorite. Then again, I leave every year thinking the idea to be my best, only for the idea to get topped by the next,” she wrote on Instagram. “although in which particular revolution around the sun has been full of love, fantastic music, college app anticipation, family, last minute travel, inside jokes with my brothers, therapeutic conversations with my amazing parental unit, realizing I’m grownish, wandering, wondering, figuring out friendships, friends who are like family, the launching of voting initiatives, fresh mentors, fashūn moments, James Baldwin books, entering fresh creative spaces, entering fresh adolescent spaces, as well as so much more.”
Jennifer Garner, who worked with Shahidi inside the 2012 film Butter, also shared a sweet throwback pic of the young actress when she was 10.
“You were formidable at 10, as well as are a force at 18. Happy birthday as well as tons of love, @yarashahidi! XX #BUTTERthemovie #youstoletheshow #yourestillstealingtheshow😄,” Garner captioned her pic.
Zendaya also shared a picture of the two on her Instagram Stories as well as wrote Shahidi a sweet birthday message.
“Wishing a very happy 18th birthday to my lit sis, Yara. Thank you for your brilliance, geniusness (if in which’s even a word, she would certainly know lol) as well as pure heart. I love watch you gloowww,” Zendaya wrote.
ET caught up with the former Black-ish star last month when she found out her Freeform show was getting renewed for a second season.
At the time, the actress compared the renewal news to meeting Frank Ocean. Hear what she said inside the video below.