In our series of questions and answers Last call, we get to the bottom of it all with some of our favorite celebrities – from the last time they were hit by the star, to the last song they listened to. This week, Layla Crawford answers our call.
Layla Crawford recently celebrated her 17th birthday, but she’s already a force to be reckoned with. The Los Angeles-born actress is on a mission to inspire others through her work. The first one standing? She made her big screen debut in king richard (available now), which follows the real life journey of the father and trainer of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, Richard Williams. Layla immortalizes Venus and Serena’s half-sister, Lyndrea Price, in the biopic.
With dozens of actor credits (for example The Mindy project and Real blood) in her name, Layla tells POPSUGAR that king richard feels like the start in many ways. “I’ve been playing since I was 6, and this is the first project where I feel connected to the whole production,” she said.
“Will Smith is the nicest and most generous person you have ever met. [he taught me] that you can go far with a good attitude. “
Not only did Layla perform alongside a double Oscar nominee in king richard, but she also came away with valuable lessons. “Will [Smith] is the nicest and most generous person you will ever meet. . . [he taught me] that you can go far with the right attitude, “she said. Looking to the future, Layla says she’s learning to be more intentional with the roles she’s taking on.”[King Richard] made me realize the direction I want to take with my career in terms of telling important stories that uplift and inspire. “
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How was King Richard’s last day of filming?
It was moving knowing that this would be our last time to work together. There was a lot of love, a lot of affection, a lot of positive affirmations towards everyone. It was definitely bittersweet.
What’s the last thing you did with your King Richard co-stars off set?
In August, just before the start of the school year, [Danielle, Demi, Mikayla, Saniyya, and myself] spent a day at the Santa Monica Pier. We are really like real sisters. Real advice is given, real conversations take place. I’m glad I can have friendships with them offscreen.
Who was King Richard’s last co-star you texted?
I text Danielle all the time because I was so close to her before I even started filming [King Richard]. We’ve known each other forever, so she’s part of the family.
What’s the last song you listened to?
“Nothing is promised” by [Mike Will Made It and] Rihanna.
What’s the last show you watched in a row?
You on Netflix.
When was the last time you were stunned?
Due to the pandemic I didn’t see a lot of people so the last time I was starstruck was working with Will Smith. It was definitely a surreal moment.
What’s the last book you read?
The mastery of love [by Don Miguel Ruiz]. I love the complexity with which he explains how we project love onto others. I’ve read it twice and it’s a revealing book.
What’s the last thing you normally do before bed?
What’s the last thing you did to take care of yourself?
Yesterday [Nov. 8], I did a face mask, took more time with my shower routine, lit a candle, and watched a movie before bed.
What’s the last thing you ordered online?
Ooh, I just ordered some shorts. I live in California so it’s always shorts season.
What is the last piece of advice you received that changed your life?
I don’t remember who told me that, but someone said, “There is no such thing as perfection, but you can be excellent. It has changed the way I move in life. I’m definitely a perfectionist, but now I’m just like, “Let me do my best, then move on and do my best for it.” It kind of takes the worry out.
What was the last gift you received?
Today [Nov. 9], one of my teachers gave me a card saying they were proud of me for everything I have accomplished so far. I cried a bit because it was so thoughtful.