“Total Opposite”: King Richard Actress Reveals How Venus and Serena Williams are in Real Life

Published 11/13/2021, 6:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 12: US OPEN 1999, DOPPEL FRAUEN FINALE, New York/USA; SIEGERIN Venus WILLIAMS und Serena WILLIAMS/USA (Photo by Mark Sandten/Bongarts/Getty Images)


The outstanding biopic of Richard Williams titled, ‘King Richard’, portrays the lives of Serena and Venus Williams. It unravels their journey to becoming the greatest players in the history of tennis. Moreover, the movie revolves around the grit and determination of Richard Williams, the father of the sensational duo, who played a pivotal role in their careers. Speaking of the film, Saniyya Sidney, one of the two actresses in the Will Smith starer, recently talked about Venus’ personality.

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She believes Venus was quieter than Serena at a young age. Moreover, she confessed that she loved working in the film and is a staunch admirer of Venus. Will Smith plays the lead role of Richard Williams in the film with Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney donning the roles of Serena and Venus Williams, respectively.

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Saniyya Sidney on Venus Williams and Serena Williams

‘King Richard’ is creating a lot of buzz with its release date drawing closer now. Given their amazing portrayal of the two greats, both Saniyya and Demi, too, have earned a lot of praise. Amidst all the hype around the film, Saniyya, who plays the role of Venus, talked about her experience of working with the maestro.

She said, ” You would think Serena was the quiet one, but it’s the total opposite. Venus is very quiet, especially when she was younger. She always made sure everybody was okay before she checked on herself, which I thought was such a sweet quality.”

Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“They are so humble and don’t really talk about themselves. But with how much they did for me and girls around the world, they opened a door and changed history for us, and I am so inspired to continue to do what they did, ” she further added.

Venus’ emotional message after watching the movie

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Venus Williams penned down a heart-melting message after watching the film. She said, “It’s super emotional. I’ve seen the trailer, I’ve read the script, and every time I watch it my eyes are just watering.”

Moreover, she applauded the efforts of Demi and Saniyya by saying, ” I think it was amazing to see the family atmosphere on the set and how much Demi and Saniyya really acted like Serena and I, even when the cameras weren’t rolling, like holding hands, and it was so sweet.”

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Undoubtedly, tennis fans across the world are eagerly waiting for this masterpiece to release on the big screen. From Venus’ reaction, it looks like the movie will be really worthwhile. Are you excited to watch the movie on the 19th of November?

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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