50 Comments Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Stop calling Tatyana Ali “Ashley!” or she’ll get Uncle Phil to f@*k you up!
If youâ€™re looking for an interview where Tatyana Ali opines over her six years playing Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, go watch Nick-at-Nite. Itâ€™s all about the present and the future for the 29-year-old Long Island, New York, cutie. Both have been looking bright since the admitted â€œdorkâ€ graduated with honors from Harvard. On the film front, the Young & the Restless star is fighting for her life in the double-crossing crime drama Hotel California (costarring Tyson Beckford), and musically, sheâ€™s prepping her sophomore effort, The Light.
And the rÃ©sumÃ© continues. Aside from Hazrah Entertainment, the production company she started with her sister, thereâ€™s also the surrogate work for Barack Obamaâ€™s presidential campaign. As you nonvoting dropouts can see, Ms. Ali is far removed from knee-highs and on-screen kisses with Tevin Campbell. So, please, save the Bel-Air rhetoric for a reunion special. Canâ€™t wait? OK, weâ€™ll throw you a bone. â€œLook, that show changed my life,â€ Tatyana says of her experience. â€œIt used to freak me out watching the show, but I look at it now and say, â€˜That shit was funny.â€™â€ There, are you happy? Now get educated.
Itâ€™s very rare to see a child actor flee from Hollyweird to get a higher education. Those â€œdonâ€™t do drugsâ€ campaigns must have seeped in.
College was my opportunity to be around my peers, which you donâ€™t get to do when youâ€™re a child actor. And I wanted to be normal and see what else was out there, see what else I was good at. And there are some other things that Iâ€™m good at.
Iâ€™m good at the sciences, I love learning about plants. You know, Iâ€™m a dorkâ€¦itâ€™s cool. Iâ€™ve come to terms with that and I dig it a little.
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