Yara Shahidi on Harvard, Prince & Eddie Murphy


YOU GOT OUT HERE VERY QUICKLY.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: VERY FAST. DO PEOPLE CALL YOU SPEEDY SHAHIDI EVER?>>NO. THAT WAS ALWAYS MY BROTHER’S NAME.>>Jimmy: REALLY?>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: HOW ABOUT THAT? CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING INTO HARVARD.>>THANK YOU. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: THAT’S A PRETTY BIG DEAL.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SHOW BUSINESS THINGS LIKE THEY’RE A BIG DEAL, BUT REALLY THAT’S A BIGGER DEAL, ISN’T IT?>>RAIL I’VE WANTED TO BE A HISTORY PROFESSOR FOR LONGER THAN I WANTED TO BE AN ACTOR. I USED TO HAVE THE HARVARD WEB PAGE UP AND I’D GO THROUGH THE COURSE CATALOG. SO NEEDLESS TO SAY, THIS IS SOMETHING I’VE BEEN PLANNING FOR A LONG TIME.>>Jimmy: WILL THAT BE YOUR MAJOR, HISTORY?>>I’M ACTUALLY GOING TO DO A SOCIAL STUDIES MAJOR, WHICH IS A COMBINATION OF HISTORY AND ECONOMICS AND ANTHROPOLOGY. AND THEN I’M TAKING AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES AS WELL. [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TEACH?>>I STILL WANT TO TEACH BUT I ALSO DESCRIBE WHAT I WANT TO DO IS BEING LIKE POLICY ADJACENT.>>Jimmy: SAME HERE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH. SO I GUESS I WANT TO BE NEXT TO CAPITOL HILL.>>Jimmy: I’M JUST TRYING TO IMAGINE MYSELF TRYING TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOU WHEN I WAS 18, AND I DON’T SEE IT HAPPENING AT ALL. I’D BE LIKE, UH, DO YOU PLAY WIFFLE BALL? [ LAUGHTER ] POLICY ADJACENT. WOW. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SHOW. SO NOW THE SHOW — YOU CAN’T GO TO COLLEGE AND DO THE SHOW AT THE SAME TIME, CAN YOU?>>WELL, WE’RE FIGURING THAT OUT RIGHT NOW.>>Jimmy: WHO IS? WHO’S FIGURING THIS OUT?>>AS IN ME AND MY LOVELY TEAM. AND MR. KENYA BARRIS. YEAH, THEY’RE SUPER SUPPORTIVE OF MY EDUCATION AND I THINK THEY KNEW SINCE THE MOMENT I STEPPED ON TO “BLACK-ISH” THAT I’VE WANTED TO GO TO COLLEGE AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN REALLY THERE AND SUPPORTIVE. SO I MADE A COMMITMENT TO A UNIVERSITY AND A COMMITMENT TO A SHOW, AND I PLAN ON KEEPING THEM.>>Jimmy: ON BOTH OF THEM. [ APPLAUSE ] BECAUSE THE SHOW IS ABOUT YOU GO OFF, YOU LEAVE “BLACK-ISH,” YOU GO OFF TO COLLEGE AND THE SHOW IS ABOUT YOUR TIME IN COLLEGE. BUT YOU’RE NOT REALLY IN COLLEGE.>>COLLEGE PREP COURSE YOU THAT GET PAID FOR.>>Jimmy: CAN YOU GET CREDITS? IS THAT POSSIBLE?>>I DON’T KNOW IF ZOE DOES ANYTHING THAT YARA CAN GET CREDITS FOR. I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN THE PAST COUPLE — I HAVE ONE CLASS TAUGHT BY A PROFESSOR AT MIDNIGHT FOR ADVERTISEMENT. IN WHICH CASE I WOULD DEFINITELY NOT GET CREDIT FOR THAT.>>Jimmy: NO. FORGET THE CREDIT. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET IT THERE. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE REALLY TO GRADUATE.>>BUT FORTUNATELY I HOPE I’M LIKE PREPARED ENOUGH TO BE LIKE THIS HAPPENED IN EPISODE 3, I KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THIS.>>Jimmy: THAT’S USUALLY HOW IT WORKS. I DO WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT LIONEL RICHIE BECAUSE YOU’RE 18 YEARS OLD, AND I WONDER, DO YOU KNOW WHO LIONEL RICHIE IS?>>YES. I COME FROM A VERY MUSICALLY ORIENTED FAMILY.>>Jimmy: YOUR DAD — I DIDN’T KNOW THIS. YOU’VE BEEN HERE A COUPLE TIMES. YOUR DAD WAS PRINCE’S PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.>>MM-HMM.>>Jimmy: THAT’S AMAZING. [ APPLAUSE ] SO YOU WOULD TRAVEL AROUND WITH PRINCE.>>YEAH. AND I GOT TO — FORTUNATELY, I ALSO GOT TO TAG ALONG WITH MY FAMILY.>>Jimmy: AND YOU WOULD GO TO THE CONCERTS AS A KID?>>YEAH. WHEN I WAS 4 WE WENT TO LONDON FOR ONE OF THE SHOWS. WE ACTUALLY JUST FOUND A PHOTO OF ME AT 12 AT THE FORUM ON STAGE ACTUALLY DANCING WITH THE TWINS.>>Jimmy: OH.>>WE HAD A LOT OF FUN ADVENTURES STARTING FROM WHEN I WAS IN MINNESOTA TO L.A. PRINCE HAD ALWAYS BEEN REALLY SUPPORTIVE OF EVERYTHING MY FAMILY HAS DONE.>>Jimmy: DID YOU THINK OF HIM AS LIKE AN UNCLE PRINCE OR SOMETHING?>>I MEAN, QUITE HONESTLY, I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW LIKE — HOW I NORMALIZED THAT RELATIONSHIP IN MY HEAD. I’M LIKE OH, YEAH, MY FATHER JUST GOES TO WORK FOR PRINCE AND THEY JUST TRAVEL — >>Jimmy: I THINK EVERY KID, EVERY JOB, WHATEVER YOUR PARENTS DO SEEMS — THAT SEEMS NORMAL.>>MY COUSIN’S A MUSICIAN. IS I THINK THERE’S A LOT AT A YOUNG AGE THAT WAS EXTREMELY NORMALIZED TO ME. IT WASN’T UNTIL I GOT OLDER WHEN I REALIZED HOW UNIQUE MY CHILDHOOD WAS. I WENT TO PAISLEY PARK RECENTLY AND THERE WAS STILL A SIGNED HEADSHOT, IT SAYS TO MR. PRINCE, HEART YARA.>>Jimmy: FROM YOU.>>YES.>>Jimmy: HOW OLD WERE YOU IN THE PICTURE?>>7.>>Jimmy: 7 YEARS OLD. AND HE KEPT THAT?>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: IT’S HANGING HIS DESK IT’S IN A LITTLE FRAME.>>Jimmy: WOW. YOU HAD A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP. WAS HE EXCITED WHEN YOU WOUND UP ON TELEVISION DOING MOVIES AND STUFF?>>MY FIRST MOVIE, I WAS 7 WHEN I SHOT IT AND IT CAME OUT LIKE TWO YEARS LATER AND HE ACTUALLY RENTED OUT THEATERS FOR PEOPLE HE KNEW TO GO SEE IT.>>Jimmy: WHICH MOVIE WAS THAT?>>IT WAS CALLED “IMAGINE THAT.” I PLAYED EDDIE MURPHY’S DAUGHTER.>>Jimmy: OH, RIGHT. EDDIE MURPHY. AND YOU WERE THE LITTLE KID IN THAT.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: IMAGINING THINGS.>>THAT WAS ME. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU’VE SEEN IT.>>Jimmy: I HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF IT SOMEWHERE IN MY — YES. AND EDDIE MURPHY. WAS HE SOMEBODY — YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHO EDDIE MURPHY WAS, DID YOU?>>THE STEEV STAYED OFF MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. I WATCHED FOR AN HOUR ON SATURDAY AND IT WAS LIKE A CARTOON ABOUT KIDS TRAVELING THROUGH HISTORY. SO NEEDLESS TO SAY I DID NOT KNOW ANY ACTORS. WHEN I WALKED INTO LIKE THE AUDITION SPACES. SO ALL I KNEW WAS LIKE HE WAS THE ROYVOICE OF DONKEY IN “SHREK AND I ALSO KNEW HE LOOKED LIKE MY UNCLE.>>Jimmy: REALLY?>>YEAH.>>Jimmy:’LL, TH WELL, THAT’S SO ELSE. WHAT A LIFE YOU’VE HAD ALREADY. THIS IS CRAZY.>>IT’S BEEN PRETTY SPECIAL.>>Jimmy: YEAH. YOU DON’T NEED TO GO TO COLLEGE. IT’S A WASTE OF YOUR TIME. [ LAUGHTER ] WELL, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NEW SHOW. THE SHOW IS CALLED “GROWN-ISH.” YOU CAN WATCH IT WEDNESDAY

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  1. 4:36 She said the TV stayed off Monday through Friday. If you're wondering how to get your kids into Harvard try turning off the Distraction Tube and get them reading more.

  2. I love that she's so serious about her education. <3
    "My cousin is a musician." Your cousin, NAS! Like, girl. xD!
    "To Mr. Prince, heart Yara." The most precious freaking thing.
    She saw an hour of tv a week. WOW. Tv stayed off Monday through Friday. I honestly wish I'd gotten less tv. Now, my siblings and I barely watch it. We're off reading and writing and creating now.

  3. Yara was absolutely incredible as always but yo— Kimmel asks questions/makes comments that an annoying uncle would ask/say

  4. I would like to her friend. She seems so present, and goal oriented, which i love. I am a college student myself and i would see us getting along. She seems pretty cool.

  5. Her Persian father had a great influence on her. Persian culture is clear in her attitude, she doesn't show off her boobs like many other Americans in her shows.

  6. I usually don’t take what celebs do personally, but since we’re similar in so many ways, I feel jealous. I feel like she’s competition.

  7. She’s 19. I’m 19. She’s filming a tv show AND going to Harvard. I’m in bed dipping chips into my queso and watching her show.

  8. BOSS BABY! Love ❤❤❤ to see my young black sistas doing BIG things! Young, beautiful, talented AND smart as hell…..keep it up queen!!! 👩🏾‍🎓👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚖👩🏽‍🚀👸🏽👩🏽‍🦱👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  9. Yara is beautiful. But she an not paying attention for"standing with jussie." He's speaking in tongues and saying in innocent and i told the truth in a very technical legal sense. Wake up Yara

  10. There's her who worked hard to get into a prestigious school and then there's these white kids that daddy and mommy bribed the school for me to get here

  11. She's amazing. I want my baby girl to be like her. If I had a son, I'd tell him to find a woman like her.

  12. THAT whole conversation – just to tellher dream is a waste of time — when are women free to succeed and want more – Shame on Kimmel

  13. Black people……. Stop with them dumb ass hair styles you know we just gonna make fun of your ass.

    Another thing some of y'all's women., the queens that they are, wear the most outlandish make up I have ever seen. I mean I've seen whores walkin' who have less clown make up on.

    You're making this entirely 2 easy.
    hop off dat
    =!=

  14. I don't know a lot about Yara and I've been watching a couple of her interviews and I am SO smitten with her. I mean wow she's lovely! Her personality, her intellect and sincerity IS BEAUTY! I feel she's very authentic. She's inspiring 💖

  15. She's awesome. We must support & protect her forever… Hopefully she can spark the brains of those who'll properly change this world…

  16. Yara Shahidi is a mega total thigh-showing MILF! She needs to work for Fox News as a step towards eliminating the prudes!

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