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  • -My next guest is the star and executive producer

  • of the show "Grown-ish," which returns with all-new episodes

  • this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on Freeform

  • and will be available on Hulu the next day.

  • Here is Yara Shahidi.

  • Oh, hi.

  • Yara, great to see you. -Hello, hello.

  • So good to see you.

  • -You look fantastic. Thank you for coming back to the show.

  • I follow you on Twitter, and last month,

  • everyone was posting their Spotify Wrapped results,

  • like what song they listened to the most and blah --

  • But you posted something a little different

  • I thought was very cool.

  • You put, "Sorry if you couldn't reach me,

  • I was listening to 101,070 minutes of radio

  • on NPR One app."

  • That's -- -[ Laughs ]

  • -I added it up. That's over 70 full days of listening.

  • -Yes, and the best thing is

  • it literally doesn't scratch the surface

  • of how many podcasts and radio shows I listen to,

  • because that's one app, and I still have the podcast app

  • that I think I listen to every evening.

  • -Oh, my goodness, that is --

  • But what does it --

  • What do you go through? What are you listening to?

  • -I'm really an NPR stan.

  • Like, I'm not -- This is not paid promotion,

  • but when I tell you the NPR One app is probably my favorite app,

  • because you have, like, your local news station.

  • But then they cycle through podcasts

  • of, like, investigative research and all sorts of things.

  • And so, like, I mean, for a minute, it was funny,

  • because my local news station was stuck in Idaho.

  • And so I learned everything that was happening

  • in Idaho at the time.

  • I guess I have to say it's a really immersive experience.

  • -Yeah, that is kind of interesting. I like that.

  • I listen to a couple of podcasts on the NPR.

  • "How I Built This."

  • -Mm-hmm.

  • -Terry Gross.

  • -Yeah. -Oh, what's the game show?

  • "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me." -"Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me."

  • Yeah. -That's the jam.

  • That is my -- I love that.

  • Oh, yeah. You know what? I got to check out

  • how many minutes I'm listening to that. But yeah.

  • -And if you ever need recommendations,

  • I've experienced the entire catalog.

  • -I love that. But I also know you're a big music fan

  • that you're building your vinyl collection.

  • How's the vinyl -- How's that going?

  • -It's been wonderful, because I'm around either musicians

  • or musically-inspired people all the time.

  • And so I get some great kind of additions to the collection.

  • I'm trying to think of when I started it.

  • It's probably been four-ish years.

  • -Yeah. -And so far, so good.

  • -Yeah, you know what's interesting is,

  • I recently got back into vinyl,

  • same thing, probably four, five years.

  • I grew up with it, but then it went away, technology,

  • but then it got back in, and everyone's like,

  • "Oh, here's 100 of my favorite albums."

  • And I go, "Don't give me 100.

  • Just give me one." -Yeah.

  • -What's on your turntable these days?

  • Anything that sticks out that you remember?

  • -Ooh, I have a couple. So, I feel like I somehow find a way

  • to mention Frank Ocean's "Blonde"

  • every time I'm on the show,

  • and so I must mention it again.

  • -It's phenomenal. Good. I love that.

  • -Yeah, and then, I'm trying to think.

  • I mean, some classics are

  • just like the Stevie Wonder compilation,

  • a lot of Bob Marley, "Babylon by Bus,"

  • which is something straight from my parents.

  • And then, of course, it always doesn't hurt

  • to have a cousin that's a musician,

  • so I have "Illmatic" in my collection.

  • -I just got that.

  • -I think that was my first -- -I just got that on 180 gram.

  • -Oh, amaz-- Yeah, it was my first vinyl.

  • He was the first contributor to my collection.

  • -Oh, my gosh.

  • How cool is that of all coolness?

  • And what's the Bob Marley one?

  • Bus on -- Babylon --

  • -"Babylon by Bus."

  • -Oh, I love it. Alright, I --

  • -Yeah, and then, I mean, even for my birthday recently,

  • my friends made me a vinyl with all the songs

  • that represent kind of our friendship.

  • It's the coolest thing.

  • It's a picture of me edited onto an album cover.

  • -Wait, I did that for my wife for her birthday.

  • -Both you and my friends are twinning, then.

  • -Dude, I got to talk to your friend. That's unbelievable.

  • Maybe we'll get into, like, the gift-giving business. Yeah.

  • I made a full box set with different photos --

  • -That is so cool.

  • -Different photos of my wife throughout the years and stuff.

  • Yeah. I also want to congratulate you.

  • You launched a production company with your mom.

  • Please tell her hi for me, because she's been on our show.

  • What kind of projects are you hoping to make with this?

  • -Yeah, well, me and my mama, Keri,

  • we together opened probably about two years ago,

  • and we'd already been in production beforehand,

  • but it's been really wonderful to be in the ABC ecosystem.

  • And one of the first things we just announced last week

  • is a show called "Smoakland," which we're so excited about.

  • We're setting it up with our Freeform family.

  • It's exactly what it sounds like.

  • Think weed and Oakland

  • and an incredible entrepreneur in the middle of it,

  • and it came from the brain of writer Jewel McPherson.

  • And it's been so wonderful, because I think

  • through production, we've been able to really honor

  • all of our sensibilities in TV,

  • and I think people have known me as Zoe Johnson

  • for, what, going on eight years. -Yeah.

  • -And so to be able to really experiment and play

  • and be a collaborator to so many incredible writers

  • has been such a treat.

  • -On top of that, I want to say, Yara,

  • you know I'm a big fan of yours,

  • but you've been a huge advocate for getting people to vote,

  • and we just saw historic voter turnout in November.

  • Tomorrow is inauguration day,

  • and this was actually the first presidential election

  • that you were able to vote in.

  • How does that feel?

  • -I mean, it -- It's interesting.

  • I think I feel the same level of both excitement and trepidation

  • as everyone else does,

  • especially after witnessing the events at the Capitol.

  • And I feel like what was most saddening

  • was that it was unsurprising.

  • It was what I expected immediately after the election,

  • in all honesty.

  • And so what I've been trying to kind of really think and sit in

  • is the fact that we had epic youth voter turnout,

  • and grassroots organizers ensured

  • that so many communities that often go overlooked

  • were central voices in this election.

  • And so those are wins that we have to hold onto.

  • Big shout-out to Stacey Abrams

  • for single-handedly helping us save this election.

  • And then I also have to say

  • inauguration day is a time to rejuvenate, celebrate,

  • but also no time to sleep,

  • because we know there's so much more work to be done.

  • -Yeah. Good.

  • I want to talk about "Grown-ish."

  • Season 3 returns this week.

  • -Yes. -You star in it,

  • executive-produce it.

  • It left off with Zoe making a big decision to leave college.

  • What happens now? -Yes.

  • I mean, what's wonderful is like

  • when we first started "Grown-ish," the reason why

  • we didn't go with the much clunkier name "College-ish"

  • was because we knew that ultimately it was about

  • the experience of growing up more than being at school.

  • And so I think finally Zoe dropping out

  • is us being able to really explore

  • all of the paths that young people take.

  • And, you know, as an E.P. on the show,

  • this season is really exciting for two reasons.

  • One, because I think since Season 1

  • I was like, "I have amazing castmates.

  • Let's get to know their characters."

  • And this is a season where we get to dive, like, headfirst

  • into everyone's different story lines.

  • And I also think this is the season

  • where Zoe, like, puts the "grown" in "Grown-ish."

  • In many ways, her life parallels mine

  • for the remainder of these episodes,

  • because while she was flying back and forth

  • between her job as a full-time stylist,

  • I was flying in between school and work every week.

  • -I love that.

  • I love that now you have a full-on open world,

  • and who knows where you're going to explore next.

  • -Mm-hmm. -I want to show everyone a clip.

  • Here is Yara Shahidi in "Grown-ish."

  • Take a look.

  • -Wardrobe! Anyone from wardrobe?

  • -Wardrobe, that's me!

  • ♪♪

  • Is everything okay?

  • -No. It's hot as fish grease out here,

  • and nothing about this fabric is breathable.

  • -Well, I actually have your second-choice options

  • on standby.

  • Um, you know, I'm sure we can figure something out

  • if you give me like 15 minutes.

  • -12? -10!

  • Why'd I do that?

  • -I'm not really feeling this outfit anymore.

  • I just realized that all the other dancers

  • have the same look. I need to stand out.

  • -You know, unfortunately, I really don't have anything else,

  • other than swimsuits.

  • -Yes, you do.

  • -Yara Shahidi! New episodes of "Grown-ish"

  • air Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on Freeform

  • and on Hulu the next day.

  • We'll be right back with a performance from Tate McRae.

  • Stick around.

  • Yara, thank you again.

  • -Alright. Thank you so much!

-My next guest is the star and executive producer

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