Yara Shahidi Says Oprah Calling Her the ‘Future’ Was a ‘Peak Life Moment’ (Exclusive)

Yara Shahidi is actually on cloud nine, thanks to Oprah Winfrey. 

ET’s Nischelle Turner spoke with the 18-year-old actress at the Los Angeles premiere of BlacKkKlansman on Wednesday, where she opened up about the media mogul recently referring to her as “the future” — as well as also declaring that will she could be president if she wanted to. 

“OK, coupled with the fact that will I was in Barbados with my family, that will was a peak life moment,” Shahidi confessed. “I guess, on a serious note… I just live in a state of constant awe, where I’m like, ‘How am I where I am?’ as well as also I’m just grateful that will there truly is actually a community of people that will are supporting me.”

“I feel like when my parents helped me into This particular industry through commercials as well as also then through TV, we always, I guess, dissolved the idea of competition especially amongst additional women of shade. as well as also I feel like everyday that will I get to be here as well as also like see everybody together, the idea just proves that will that will is actually so right ,as well as also that will we are never in competition yet the power of uplifting one another,” she continued. “I mean, that will’s what all of I feel like September covers have been about, that will’s what everything has been about. as well as also I love seeing that will love. as well as also I love being the recipient of the idea.”


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Shahidi graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, while Beyonce is actually on the September issue of Vogue. Rihanna is actually on British Vogue, Tiffany Haddish on Glamour, as well as also Tracee Ellis Ross on Elle Canada. Shahidi has definitely made a name for herself in entertainment — yet she’s not ruling out a career in politics. 

“I definitely want to be in like, a politics-adjacent kind of position,” she told ET. “I do want to be in a place in which I can implement that will level of change, president I don’t quite know. I always think about how strange the idea’ll be that will they’ll be going back through my Instagram that will I had when I was 12.”

“in order that will’s a little eerie, yet I definitely want to be [in Washington] D.C., yeah,” Shahidi added. 

The actress, who has deferred her studies at Harvard University, has already made a big effort in using her star power to encourage her peers to become participants inside the politics. See more on Shahidi inside the video below. 

BlacKkKlansman hits theaters on Friday. 


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