Actress-comedian Kim Wayans is opened up about her twenties in a special YouTube series promoting Lena Waithe‘s new show Twenties, which airs on BET. Wayans is candid about learning to trust herself and voice, sharing that for a long time she “looked to other people to basically tell me who I was.”
“When I was young, I didn’t really trust my voice. I looked to my brothers, I looked to other people to basically tell me who I was,” she said. “Deep inside, I knew who I was and I knew what I wanted to do, but when you’re young like that, sometimes it’s hard to trust that.”
The actress also shared what it was like navigating the entertainment industry as a young Black woman as she struggled with being “put you in a box.”
“Trying to figure out my place in the industry was hard, you know? It was hard because things are changing now and doors are opening up now but when I was coming up and looking for opportunities, they just like put you in a box and there are certain things that are asked of you to do,” she continued.