Fan Favorite Series Blackish is gearing up for its eighth and final season, but star Marsai Martin knows “absolutely nothing” about what will come out of her character, Diane.
“I can’t wait,” says the 16-year-old actress D-14 exclusively while promoting its partnership with Invisalign. “We’re actually filming in August, so it’s coming soon. I can’t wait to see how they close this chapter of all of our lives. Diane has grown so much over the years, and now she’s just a happy teenager. .
Marsai has starred as Diane since the ABC sitcom premiered in 2014. The Texas native notes that there’s “so much to play with” when it comes to her character, and she “can’t wait” to back off on the Blackish together.
“I would say my work ethic has definitely changed because of it,” said the Little the star tells D-14 on how she has “grown” and “matured” throughout her time on the show. “I learned so much.”
The young star is also thrilled that fans can hear her voice as Liberty in PAW Patrol: The Movie, premiering on August 20. “We’ve been working on it for so long,” says Marsai. “So I’m really glad it’s finally out there and people and their kids can finally watch it.”
In addition to her acting projects, Marsai is also gearing up to produce the upcoming Disney Channel series. Saturdays! While the actress explains that the new show is for “everyone”, she really hopes it helps “our black girls out there” find their “confidence”.
“I’m so excited for people to see it. It’s basically about a girl named Paris and her family, and it’s just a really fun skating show. I feel like skating is so underrated in its own way,” Marsai teases. “But also, it’s way deeper than that because our main character has sickle cell disease, which is also a big thing in our community that we never really talk about. I’m always ready to change everyone’s narrative. It’s definitely a unique type of show.
As Marsai has become known for her Hollywood roles, the actress also uses her platform to inspire others. That’s exactly what she was able to accomplish by partnering with Invisalign for their ChangeMakers program.
“My thing has always been to inspire, not just everyone, but especially teenagers and my age group. It’s a really pivotal time when we come together and just try to figure out who we are as people. and what makes us happy,” Marsai gushed. “Teaming up with Invisalign, who stand for exactly that, is such a cool partnership, and it was right. With the ChangeMakers Awards initiative, we recognize 100 teens ages 13-19 who are bringing smiles and meaningful change to their communities.
An Invisalign user herself, Marsai credits the brand for helping her “self-confidence” growing up. “As a person, you always want someone you can relate to. I have Invisalign, the whole brand itself is something I can relate to,” she shares. “I think it’s just a pretty cool partnership, and it’s definitely something that was a dream and a goal for me.”
The Invisalign ChangeMakers Virtual Ceremony is streamed via the company youtube channel Saturday, July 10 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
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