Grown-ish’s Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson Reflect on Series Finale


Be careful world, Zoey and Aaron are grown as Grown-ish formally says goodbye.

Yara Shahidi and Trevor Jackson have starred as Zoey and Aaron, respectively, for the reason that season 1 premiere on Freeform in 2018, which was a derivative of ABC’s Black-ish. The characters, who had an on-off romance, graduated in respective seasons 3 and 4. The ultimate seasons of Grown-ish noticed Zoey and Aaron tackle postgrad because the present shifted to give attention to Zoe’s brother Junior (Marcus Scribner) as he adopted of their footsteps and matriculated on the fictitious California College.

The present’s collection finale, which airs Wednesday, Could 22, will carry again Zoey and Aaron for one final hoorah.

“I’m actually proud of the way it wrapped as a result of I believe a lot of what we have been contemplating strolling into the final episodes was, ‘How will we present that Zoe’s a distinct individual?’” Shahidi, 24, completely advised Us Weekly on the Grown-ish collection finale social gathering in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Could 21. “Though this can be a relationship we visited and revisited time and time once more, ‘What makes [Zoe and Aaron] really feel totally different? What makes us really feel like we’re sending them off to dwell an fascinating, great, fulfilling future life off of the present?’”

Based on Shahidi, the Grown-ish writing workforce did “a superb job” in demonstrating how “these two individuals [came] collectively” in a brand new approach that had not been explored in earlier seasons.

In the course of the last season of Grown-ish, followers had seen glimpses of Zoey and Aaron’s highs and lows. Zoey was enthusiastic about her transfer to New York Metropolis and saving Anti-Muse, the style model began by her ex Luca (Luka Sabbat), whereas Aaron was pursuing a educating profession in L.A. The couple broke up early in season 6 and Aaron started courting Edie (Kelly Rowland) earlier than reuniting within the penultimate episode. Within the episode, Aaron popped the query to Zoey, who abruptly left the room earlier than answering the query.

Jackson, 27, can also be happy with the place the characters finish within the collection finale.

“I believe it went nice,” he advised Us on Tuesday. “I hope the followers are completely happy.”

Grown-ish Yara Shahidi and Trevor Jackson Reflect on Series Finale

Not solely will the followers be thrilled by the ending, Jackson is simply too.

“I believe all of us form of landed on what we thought could be the most effective,” he defined to Us, noting he “briefly” spoke to Shahidi concerning the characters’ last arc.

As Shahidi and Jackson wrapped Grown-ish after six seasons, they have been overcome with feelings.

“I’m grateful at this time is only a celebration as a result of I really feel like we’ve had our emotional moments closing out the present,” Shahidi advised Us of the premiere social gathering. “I really feel like we’re ending on a excessive having the ability to rejoice 100-some episodes, having a final second to all collect collectively but it surely’s been so particular and having the ability to return to shut out the season was such an exquisite expertise.”


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She concluded, “This expertise ushered me into turning into an EP and its ushered me into this subsequent part of life. I believe realizing that I’m gonna know these individuals perpetually makes it lots simpler.”

Jackson is equally “emotional” and “completely happy” concerning the finish of the present.

“I’m unhappy, but it surely’s like a unhappiness of, like, accomplishment. You realize, whenever you thought you weren’t gonna make it and also you made it,” Jackson stated. “All people right here put a lot work in to inform these superb tales and I’m honored to be of their firm and rejoice with them and rejoice with them. I really feel nice.”

The Grown-ish collection finale airs on Freeform Wednesday, Could 22, at 10 p.m. ET and streams the subsequent day on Hulu.

With reporting by Lanae Brody