‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi on ‘Magical’ Improv Moments on Set (Exclusive Video)

Emmy Quickie: “I just watched a piece of a scene… and I was like, ‘whoa, not too shabby, Yara,'” ABC actress tells TheWrap

Last Updated: June 12, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

“Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi can feel it when a particular scene is going really well in the moment.

“I think what’s funny is that I can tell in scenes when I am completely, 100 percent comfortable,” the actress told TheWrap. “Because the improv that happens because of it is magical, and I’m just like, ‘How did I think of that? How did they think of that?’ So I just watched a piece of a scene from that episode, where I was like, ‘whoa, not too shabby, Yara!'”

Shahidi also discussed which aspect of her character Zoey she got to develop more – which will surely be in store since Freeform has picked up a spinoff series based on her college experience.

“I think in the future we’ve established that we’re going to explore more and more of Zoey,” Shahidi said. “This season, we got to see her really mature, in these different contexts. As the one who takes care of her family, as her father’s favorite, as the peacekeeper, or as the rebellious teenager who’s like, ‘it’s time for me to be up outta here and figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life.'”

“College-ish,” which was originally set up as an ABC pilot, will follow Shahidi’s character from the ABC sitcom as she heads off to college. The single-camera comedy is set to premiere in 2018.