Actress, singer, and songwriter Serayah made her breakthrough debut starring in Lee Daniel’s hit music drama Empire and she has been working her way up the industry ranks ever since starring in several major projects including Netflix’s Burning Sands and 50 Cent’s hit series BMF. The star made an appearance at the BET Awards 2022, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, as a presenter. Now that the show’s over, get to know our presenter a little better and see why we can’t get enough of up-and-coming star Serayah.
Empire was her first major acting gig
The singer and actress got her big television break on the Lee Daniel’s hit series Empire, as Tiana Brown, starring alongside legendary actors including Terrance Howard and BET Awards 2022 host Taraji P. Henson as Lucious and Cookie Lyon. She started out as a recurring character in season one, but by the next season, she was elevated to the main cast.
Her style icons are Rihanna and Gwen Stefani
While talking to InStyle, Serayah revealed her two style icons were Grammy Award-winning artist Rihanna and Gwen Stefani. "Gwen Stefani is a fearless rocker who can wear the same boyfriend jeans and sneaker wedges over and over but make them look different every time,” she told the outlet. “I also admire Rihanna because she does everything her own way but ends up setting the trends."
She’s an advocate of inner beauty
During a vintage interview about fashion and style, Serayah opened up about loving your natural beauty. "There's nothing wrong with wearing makeup and hair extensions to feel pretty, but you can't get lost in all of it,” she told reporters. “You need to love your natural self without any of that."
She released two films while shooting Empire
Despite being tied up with filming for Empire, the juggernaut appeared in two movies. First in Lucky Girl, which came out in 2016. The next year, she starred in Netflix’s Burning Sands.
She’s a native Cali girl
Serayah was born in Encinitas, California, a beach city outside of San Diego. She moved closer to Los Angeles and attended Taft High School in Woodland Hill where she cultivated a love for music and acting.