‘Grown-ish’ cast reveals how the series earned its name

The final year of “Grown-ish” speeds up right in front of us as the show gears up for college’s most anticipated moment: graduation. The Freeform series returns on January 27 to wrap up its fourth season framed around the big day for Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Luca (Luka Sabbat), Jazz (Chlöe), Doug (Diggy Simmons), Ana (Francia Raisa), Vivek (Jordan Buhat) and Nomi (Emily Arlook).

Over the years, we’ve seen these characters grow from unwitting freshmen to mature young adults. And now they are getting ready to start a new chapter in their lives.

“It started out as just being a college show,” Buhat says, “But as the title suggests, it’s not ‘College-esque’; it’s ‘Adult’. It also takes up more of the real issues outside of college. themselves: relationships, politics and all that sort of thing. So it’s almost letting people know before they go to college, and while they’re in college, to enjoy everything else, because college can seem like its own little world But if you don’t prepare for what happens next, you might be a little shocked.”

“It also takes on more of the real issues outside of college: relationships, politics, and all that sort of thing.”

In 2018, “Grown-ish” started by centering solely on the college experience at Cal U and, of course, included the typical relationship problems that many young adults go through. But the show has since taken a more bold approach to exploring other real-world issues such as drugs, colorism, racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, student activism, and more.

Shahidi echoes Buhat’s feelings about the show’s growth, telling us that the reason the show wasn’t titled “College-esque” is because the writers realized that “it didn’t capture the essence of what we were trying to do, which is growing up, and it happens for so many people way beyond college.” She adds: “At the heart of this story, it’s about each character figuring out what it means to them growing up. I think that’s why we chose the name, and I feel like we’re pretty faithful to it.” have been on.”

‘Adult’ reflects some of life’s greatest moments for students. But it also highlights some of the more minor things that aren’t often discussed when it comes to growing up, like life going on despite our circumstances — something Buhat appreciates being “normalized” on the show. “I would like this show to go to other shows is how normal it is when something weird happens to a friend, [and] it’s not like, ‘Oh my god, this is the most shocking thing,’ and it’s going to last all season,” he says. “Vivek was dealing drugs and all that stuff, but it was just part of life. . . it wasn’t necessarily the main driver. And that happens a lot in everyone’s life, where all these shocking things happen, but life still goes on.”

The cast believes the show’s existence has opened doors for other series to follow suit and tackle more spicy topics revolving around college students. “I think there were other shows coming out after us that had more or less the same premise, which is wonderful,” Raisa says. “I think it definitely opened a door for more than just college shows, but more diverse, ethnic characters, [too].” And on her point, Simmons adds, “I hope the dialogue we have and how specific our stories are to what people of color are going through, people of different sexualities, etc., that maybe it [be an] example of what can be seen on television.”

As the group looks ahead to what the future holds for their characters, some are curious what paths they will take after graduation. “I think I’m excited to see what career Jazz eventually starts, because track was her whole life,” Chlöe says. “It will be interesting to see if she follows in her father’s footsteps and… [becomes] an entrepreneur and truly discovers her true purpose in life.” Others, of course, doubt the fate of the show and whether anyone will leave the state. ” . . . you move to another city to study, and it’s not where you come from once you graduate, [but] you’ve been cultivating this life there for four years,” Arlook notes. “Then you have to ask yourself, ‘Okay, am I staying here? Am I going back home? Am I going somewhere else?’”

These are all questions that many viewers are also asking, given that “Grown-ish” has not yet announced whether it will continue for another season. And even then, it’s unclear which or whose story it will follow when all the characters branch out. But until we know for sure, we can only enjoy what may be the last moments the “Green” gang spend together.

“Grown-ish” returns for the rest of season four on Thursday, January 27 at 10 p.m. ET.

This article was originally published on PopSugar

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