Actress Yara Shahidi gets her own show on Facebook Watch

DUBAI: Actress Yara Shahidi is getting her own show, “Yara Shahidi’s Day Off,” on Facebook Watch this month.

The part-Middle Eastern “Grown-ish” actress stars in and executive produces the platform’s original series. The show is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment and 7th Sun Productions, which is owned by Shahidi and her mother, Keri Shahidi.

In each episode, the 22-year-old star — who is of American and Iranian descent — will take part in multiple activities with celebrity guests.


Yara Shahidi and her mother Keri Shahidi. (Instagram)

The ventures, which reflect the personal interests of the guests outside of their fame, will include gymnastics, golfing, horseback riding, soccer and games nights.

Shahidi will also have intimate chats with guests, asking them to think of the one question they wish that people would ask them.

“Much of our world and work as a family has been inspired by the intimate conversations we’ve had with the incredible people we’re surrounded by,” Shahidi said in a statement. “For years, we at 7th Sun have wanted to open the door wide open and share with my peers how moving it is to hear some of my favorite folks talk about their favorite things.”

The first episode, which premieres on Sept. 29, will feature Senegalese TikTok creator Khaby Lame. It will be the popular social media star’s first US sit-down interview.

Other guests on the show will include US internet personality Liza Koshy, snowboarder Chloe Kim, rappers Swae Lee and Nas, comedians Elsa Majimbo and Amanda Seales, and model Alton Mason.

In 2021, the actress and activist announced that she was producing a new single-camera comedy series titled “Smoakland” for Freeform via 7th Sun.

Later that year, Shahidi also revealed her role as executive producer of an on-screen adaptation of Cole Brown’s critically acclaimed debut book “Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World” for ABC Signature.

Neither of the shows have been released yet.

The rising star and her mother announced the launch of their new production company in July 2021 and signed an exclusive overall deal with ABC Studios to develop television projects for streaming, cable and broadcast platforms.

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