Who is Ariana DeBose? Meet the Triple-Threat Making Her ‘Saturday Night Live' Debut

1/16/2022 4:15:00 AM

Who is Ariana DeBose? Meet the Triple-Threat Making Her ‘Saturday Night Live' Debut

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Who is Ariana DeBose? Meet the Triple-Threat Making Her ‘ Saturday Night Live ' Debut

DeBose will make her “ Saturday Night Live ” hosting debut during the first episode of 2022.

DeBose opened up about the audition process for “West Side Story” during her appearance“The Tonight Show”on Friday, Jan. 14. She admitted to host Jimmy Fallon that she told Spielberg “no” when he asked if she would read for the part after she danced and sang for him and Tony Kushner.

“I had said the night before, ‘Look, these scenes, these are Tony Kushner expanded scenes. They can be wordy and they’re important,’” she told Fallon. “You gotta nail it and quite frankly, I’m not in the business of going in a room as a Black woman and not getting it right. You gotta come in prepared and I was just like, 'I’m gonna tell them no but I’d love to come back.'"

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by portraying Anita, a role which helped earn the now 90-year-old actor an Oscar back in 1962.,” a major accomplishment for a newly famous actor.were on the table in the promo for Saturday Night Live’s Actress Ariana DeBose, who plays Anita in the updated version of West Side Story SNL debut.Being part of the LGBTQ community DeBose identifies as queer, and she has been open and honest about her sexuality throughout her esteemed career.

DeBose opened up about the audition process for “West Side Story” during her appearance “The Tonight Show” on Friday, Jan. 14. She is also nominated for a Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Award, and looks to have a good shot at this year’s Oscars. She admitted to host Jimmy Fallon that she told Spielberg “no” when he asked if she would read for the part after she danced and sang for him and Tony Kushner.” Of course, he’s not all-in on the “new” horizons of the year, as he confesses. “I had said the night before, ‘Look, these scenes, these are Tony Kushner expanded scenes. This experience makes me feel as if I’ve been hiding away on Broadway,” DeBose told Variety after receiving her SAG nomination on Wednesday. They can be wordy and they’re important,’” she told Fallon.” Last year, her and Pellman founded the Unruly Hearts Initiative , connecting the film's young audience with vital resource for the LGBTQ community that tackle housing insecurity, mental health and education accessibility.

“You gotta nail it and quite frankly, I’m not in the business of going in a room as a Black woman and not getting it right.” “Doing her thing” has included her 2011 Broadway debut as Nautica in “Bring it On: The Musical” and performing as the Bullet in the original ensemble of “Hamilton,” among several other stage roles.. You gotta come in prepared and I was just like, 'I’m gonna tell them no but I’d love to come back.'" Everything obviously worked out for DeBose in the long run. Along with a short-lived run on “So You Think You Can Dance,” DeBose’s screen credits include playing Alyssa Greene in Ryan Murphy’s musical “The Prom” and Emma Tate on the Apple TV Plus comedy “Schmigadoon!” And up next, she’ll appear in Matthew Vaughn’s spy film “Argyle” and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s sci-fi thriller “I. Weeks later, DeBose got a call from Spielberg when she was at a nail salon where he told her she had gotten the part of Anita. On Sunday — — DeBose snatched the trophy for best performance by a supporting actress in any film, following in Moreno's footsteps who also won that prize back in 1962.S.".

Being part of the LGBTQ community DeBose identifies as queer, and she has been open and honest about her sexuality throughout her esteemed career. “The fact that we both identify as queer just made the work more deep and vulnerable, and you can see it on screen,” she told Popsugar of her role in"The Prom" alongside Jo Ellen Pellman. “To have the opportunity to create work like this, to play this iconic role, to work with Steven Spielberg and our incredible creative team, and then to have the work received in this way, it’s more than I ever thought I would actually achieve,” she said. “It’s been said that we have great chemistry and I think that helps as well, and that’s how we normalize (having queer actors tell our stories)." "It shows that we can tell a story like this and do it so beautifully, and I’m just so proud of what we were able to accomplish.” “West Side Story” gave DeBose big shoes to fill, given that Anita in the original 1961 film was played by the beloved EGOT winner Rita Moreno. I think you end up falling in love with Alyssa and Emma, because we loved each other, and I think that’s really cool.

” Last year, her and Pellman founded the  Unruly Hearts Initiative , connecting the film's young audience with vital resource for the LGBTQ community that tackle housing insecurity, mental health and education accessibility. “I think Rita’s work in our film is some of the best work she’s ever done. ​"I was blessed to have a family that accepted my sexuality, which I am painfully aware is not the norm," she says on the initiative's website."Through my work with Covenant House I have seen the correlation between homelessness and LGBTQ+ youth. So while I’m disappointed that she’s not next to me side-by-side, I just hope that I can represent her, as well as myself, in a beautiful way,” DeBose said of the snub. Helping young people find resources in the face of adversity and directing families towards tools for acceptance and understanding is something I’m extremely passionate about. It’s my hope that the Unruly Hearts Initiative is an accessible resource for young people and parents alike. I’m really, really honored to have the chance to represent our film in this way.

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