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‘I’m Not That Chick’ – Venus and Serena Williams’ ‘King’ Richard Actor’s Cheeky Dig When Questioned About Her Sexuality

Published 11/22/2022, 8:49 AM EST

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Venus and Serena Williams have had an inspirational journey. A journey that every tennis fan is aware of. However, for people who don’t follow the sport, the movie King Richard provided a passage. The movie showed the rise of the Williams sisters from their father Richard Williams’ point of view.

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A vibrant cast comprising skilled actors such as Will Smith brought the family’s story to the screen. However, recently, the actress who played the role of Oracene Price made her sexuality public, and the questions, regarding her not letting it out during the promotion or premier of the movie, swarmed her. Here’s what her answer was.


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Ellis gives a subtle answer

 Aunjanue Ellis, in a recent interview with ‘Variety’, opened up about why her sexuality didn’t come up in the media sooner. “Nobody asked,” she, with a slight chuckle, said.

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Thereafter, she explained, “I’m not that chick. My job was to talk about ‘King Richard,’ the Williams family, these wonderful young women I worked with, Will Smith’s incredible work in that movie. I wasn’t going to be like, ‘ And by the way, in case you ain’t heard yet…’ Because that’s artificial.”


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Though during the 94 Academy Award this year, she walked the red carpet dressed in Dolce & Gabbana suit jacket with the word “Queer” spelled out in rhinestones. Seems like people were too focused on the movie and didn’t pay enough attention to have questions regarding the same.

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Ellis started her Hollywood career with the movie Girls Town in 1996. She has given several breathtaking performances. Some of the most noteworthy ones are Men of Honor, the Caveman’s Valentine and Undercover Brother.

What was Venus and Serena Williams’ tennis year like?

Starting with the 23 times Grand Slam champion, she marked the end of her over 25-year-long illustrious career with this season’s last Grand Slam. Serena made a run till the third round and with teary eyes said goodbye.


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Watch this story: Will Smith Shows How King Richard Cast Trained Like Serena and Venus Williams

Speaking of Venus, the 42-year-old still wishes to bring some titles under her name. She made a comeback in the grass swing like Serena. However, unlike her, she hasn’t secured her first win of this season. Will Venus be able to reclaim her old form? Let us know in the comment section.

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Written by:

Mahima Verma


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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.
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Hitesh Nigam