Choreography at Court: Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton at King Richard | Interviews

SS: And on this movie he had five! [laughs] He would always say that girls are so different from boys. Something that he loved about girls is that their answer was always “yes”. He said, “With boys, you often hear them say, ‘No, I will not,’ but you girls would always take a leap of faith,” which is cool.

DS: He could remember how his boys somehow ran away and said, “No, I do not,” and we thought, ‘Why not? Let’s give it a try. ‘

SS: Instead of fighting for it physically. [laughs]

What aspects of Venus and Serena did you want to emulate in your performances?

DS: I think for both of us, it was really important to show the sister band that they had. They were very, very close. Even to this day, they are still best friends, who are basically attached to the hip, and that’s also a big part of who they both are. I feel like they’re both leaning against each other, so it was really important for us to show that in the movie.

SS: I agree with what Demi said. The sisterly bond you see between Venus and Serena is just incredible. They are so close. Many people have asked their sisters Isha and Lyndrea over the years, “Is this fake? Is it a put-on? Do they do it for the cameras?” And the answer is no.

DS: We’ve seen it first hand!

SS: When you meet them, that’s exactly what you see in the pictures or videos. They are very tied together at the hip and that is something we would definitely like to portray. The experience of making the film definitely made Demi and I become sisters. We were friends first and now she’s my sister.

DS: Yes, we are really, really close now.

(Lr) DEMI SINGLETON as Serena Williams and SANIYYA SIDNEY as Venus Williams in Warner Bros. Pictures’ inspirational drama “KING RICHARD”, a release from Warner Bros. Pictures. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

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