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Willow Smith On Why She Passed On ‘Annie’: ‘I Wanted To Chill’



Willow Smith has a darn good reason for why she passed on the remake of ‘Annie’ … She wanted to rest.

Smith, who at one point was considered to star as the Little Orphan, tells V Magazine why she turned down the role. “I just wanted to chill, and be at home, and decompress, and just find out what I wanna do and where I stand on this planet, with the little tiny place we have,” Smith said.

In the excerpts from her interview, exclusively obtained by E! News, the young star also revealed that she wants “to do it different than the world’s ready for.” “I’m enjoying just being independent and doing my own thing,” the 13-year-old explained.

The seventh grader is definitely doing her own thing and it appears as though music is at the top of her list. On Monday, Willow and her older brother Jaden released a new track called, 5. In the song, Willow sings about what else … Love.

And while Willow decompresses and puts out new music, Oscar nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis has been hard at work filming for her role as Little Orphan Annie. The 10-year-old has been filming in New York alongside her co-star, Jamie Foxx who took on the role of Daddy Warbucks.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs



If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.


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