Quvenzhané Wallis definitely owned the red carpet at the premiere of her Apple TV+ series Swagger. Wallis graced the red carpet, and if you remember her from her Oscar nomination back years ago, she is all grown up now.
Donning a slim black pantsuit embellished with leopard print, Wallis kept it simple allowing the details to do the talking. With ankle strap heels that met the hem of her trousers perfectly, Wallis paired a simple bralette with the sequined blazer. Accessorizing with a crystal emblazoned basketball purse, she was the star of the night.
Wallis made history as the youngest actress nominated at the Oscars. She was just nine years old when she received a Best Actress Nomination for her role in 2012 film, The Beast of The Southern Wild.
The actress also appeared in a recurring role on black-ish in season 5, which was her first-ever television role. She played Kyra, Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) “young cousin who comes to stay with the family for a while after her mom can’t take care of her.”
The actress recently spoke to S&A about her role in 'Swagger.'
Wallis recently spoke to Shadow and Act about her new series, which she star in with O’Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah Hill and Mack Wilds.
“I worked out a lot and did a lot of research [for my role as] Crystal,” she recalled. “I wanted to be completely real, I wanted everything to be relatable, especially from a basketball standpoint because I didn’t really play basketball. So I wanted everything to look like a ball player through the lens of female ballers out there. I did the work and I put in a lot of hard work and I’m really proud of that. I’m also just proud of Swagger, I’m proud of everyone because we never let each other give up.”
What is 'Swagger' about?
From creator and showrunner Reggie Rock Bythewood, it is produced by NBA superstar Kevin Durant and Imagine’s Brian Grazer. Thirty Five Ventures, Imagine Television Studios, CBS Studios and Undisputed Cinema are behind the series
The logline: Inspired by Durant’s experiences, “Swagger” explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America.
Shinelle Azoroh, Caleel Harris, James Bingham, Solomon Irama, Ozie Nzeribe, Tessa Ferrer and Jason Rivera also star.
Jackson stars as Ike, a former star player who’s now a youth basketball coach; Hill stars as Jace Carson, a basketball phenomenon who is one of the top ranked youth basketball players in the country; Azoroh plays Jenna, Jace’s mother who is determined to chart NBA success for her son; Wallis plays Crystal, a top young basketball player; Harris plays Musa, the team’s glue and point guard; Bingham plays Drew Murphy, a player from an affluent part of town; Irama plays Phil Marksby, the enforcer for a rival team; Nzeribe plays Royale, a sub-par player with a wealthy dad; Ferrer plays Meg Bailey, a former basketball player and coach for a rival team; Wilds plays Alonzo Powers, the grassroots division leader at a major shoe company; and Rivera plays Nick, a player from Puerto Rico with the drive to become the best player in the country.
The first episodes of Swagger are currently streaming on Apple TV+.