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Shahadi Wright Joseph (born April 29, 2005)[1] is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for her role in the 2019 Jordan Peele horror film Us and as the voice for Young Nala in the 2019 Lion King remake.[1][2]

Shahadi Wright Joseph
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Shahadi Wright Joseph in 2016
Born (2005-04-29) April 29, 2005 (age 14)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active2013–present
Known forUs

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CareerEdit

Wright Joseph has been dancing since age 2.[3] She once auditioned for a school play in third grade using Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar acceptance speech.[4]

Her first major acting role came when she was cast as young Nala in The Lion King on Broadway when she was nine years old.[3][5] Wright Joseph was an original cast member for Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock. She also performed in Hairspray Live! in 2016 as Inez Stubbs.[1]

Wright Joseph read for the dual roles of Zora and Umbrae in Us three times before being offered the part.[6]

On November 1, 2017, Wright Joseph was chosen to reprise her role as young Nala in the 2019 remake of the original film directed by Jon Favreau.[7] She chose to work on the film because she sees the character as a role model who inspires young girls.[8] Upon learning that Beyoncé would be voicing grown-up Nala, Wright Joseph stated in an interview that she was motivated to work harder and consider how Beyoncé would approach the role.[9]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Hairspray Live! Inez Stubbs
2019 Us Zora Wilson / Umbrae Pending - Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
2019 The Lion King Young Nala
(voice)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Shahadi Wright Joseph Talks 'Us' Film, Lion King Live Action". Vibe. 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  2. ^ Santi, Christina (2019-03-25). "'Us' Star Shahadi Wright Joseph on Representation & Black Girl Magic". EBONY. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  3. ^ a b "Meet Shahadi Wright Joseph, the breakout horror warrior in Jordan Peele's 'Us'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  4. ^ "'Us' Stars Shahadi Wright Joseph and Lupita Nyong'o Don't Scare Easily, Anymore". Interview Magazine. 2019-03-25. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  5. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: The Lion King - Replacements". IBDB. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  6. ^ Kelley, Sonaiya. "'Us' kids Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex on playing doppelgangers for Jordan Peele". latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  7. ^ "Meet Shahadi Wright Joseph, the breakout horror warrior in Jordan Peele's 'Us'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  8. ^ "What To Expect From The Characters In The Upcoming 'The Lion King' Adaptation - Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly/YouTube. April 25, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "What To Expect From The Characters In The Upcoming 'The Lion King' Adaptation - Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly/YouTube. April 25, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.

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