Class is in session!
Yara Shahidi is leading by example by making time amid Emmy celebrations to still prioritize higher education. The “Grown-ish” actress revealed that she requested to present early during Sunday night’s 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards so that she could make it home in time for her class at Harvard University.
“I do fly out tonight to make it to class in time,” Shahidi shared in an interview with ET. “The lovely people at The Academy really helped me out because I was like, ‘Guys, I have a hard out to make this flight.”
Shahidi presented the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, which went to Brett Goldstein of “Ted Lasso.”
Shahidi began her Harvard Studies in 2018, planning to major in Interdisciplinary Sociology and African American Studies.
The 21-year-old actress also lent her hand in support of her “Black-ish” cast, whose show was nominated for five Emmys that night, including Outstanding Comedy Series. Although the hit ABC sitcom didn’t rack up any of its nods, Shahidi was still thrilled to be a part of the series’ big night.
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“It is really exciting,” Shahidi said. “So many moments like these where we get to celebrate our work have kind of been suspended because of the pandemic, among many other important things.”
“Black-ish,” the series that catapulted Shahidi’s primetime television career, will begin its eighth and final season in January 2022 as reported by the series’ creator Kenya Barris earlier this year.
“I feel like I have not had a chance sometimes to really reflect on the impact of the show,” she said. “I mean, so many people spent the majority of their year pouring into this universe, so something like this is just such a wonderful way to roll into our final season.”
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