COVER STORY: Variety chose three unique voices -- Shawn Mendes, Amandla Stenberg, and Pete Davidson -- for this year's Power of Young Hollywood issue https://t.co/6nzbrcxeaO pic.twitter.com/N8nJhkOaHC— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
Amandla Stenberg, Shawn Mendes and Ariana Grande's fiance are the cover stars of Variety's Power of Young Hollywood issue! 19 year-old Amandla is a respected actor and outspoken activist, 20-year old Shawn Mendes is a Billboard-charting artist, and 24-year old Pete Davidson has a famous girlfriend.
Pete on 45: "Dude, any president that is taking pictures of himself on a private plane eating Kentucky Fried Chicken is a f—ing psycho. What are you? A f—ing Kardashian?"
Before Alec Baldwin got the gig, Pete Davidson auditioned to play Donald Trump on #SNL: "It was bad. First of all, I’m 10 pounds, so I looked insane" https://t.co/0JIvINU1hZ pic.twitter.com/wIwDHp5mS2— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
But when the future president hosted on #SNL, it wasn’t as funny. "He doesn’t get jokes. He doesn’t get tone. He doesn’t get punch lines. He’ll say words differently. He’s just a dweeb" https://t.co/0JIvINU1hZ pic.twitter.com/ZI5xXqoWJ2— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
Pete Davidson has some thoughts on Donald Trump: "Dude, any president that is taking pictures of himself on a private plane eating Kentucky Fried Chicken is a f—ing psycho. What are you? A f—ing Kardashian?" https://t.co/0JIvINU1hZ pic.twitter.com/MRXSGXJykl— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
Shawn on working hard: "People forget how important groundwork is — physically being in every city, meeting people, like in a presidential campaign."
Why @ShawnMendes wrote a song about his struggles with anxiety: “I just wanted to make a jump by being genuinely honest and truthful and talking about things that are hard to talk about because I think that’s what creates good music” https://t.co/0as6cQgw1q pic.twitter.com/KYwtOhbPQj— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
Despite his viral beginnings, @ShawnMendes worked hard for his pop chart presence: "People forget how important groundwork is — physically being in every city, meeting people, like in a presidential campaign" https://t.co/0as6cQgw1q pic.twitter.com/OIY8sYkePY— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
His ferocious pace doesn’t allow much time for a private life, but @ShawnMendes says that’s not the reason why he’s single: "It's not because I don’t have time — I don’t know if I’d be dating anyone if I was home either" https://t.co/0as6cQgw1q pic.twitter.com/IKXa1HARQr— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
.@ShawnMendes: "Of course, seeing all those other artists and people in relationships, you think, 'Maybe it would be nice; who would be great for me?’ And that’s when you realize: 'This is wrong. Let it be. I’m not supposed to be with anyone right now'" https://t.co/0as6cQgw1q pic.twitter.com/NNb2QI581o— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
Amandla on being biracial: “Something interesting has happened with me and Yara and Zendaya — there is a level of accessibility of being biracial that has afforded us attention in a way that I don’t think would have been afforded to us otherwise. Me and Yara and Zendaya are perceived in the same way, I guess, because we are lighter-skinned black girls and we fill this interesting place of being accessible to Hollywood and accessible to white people in a way that darker-skinned girls are not afforded the same privilege.”
Amandla on coming out: “I wanted to be transparent about who I was and stand with pride and hopefully, through that, make other people feel proud of their identities. There was definitely a little bit of nerves, but I’m lucky to grow up in an environment where I don’t have to feel repercussions for being myself and I can feel comfortable exploring and finding my truth. I wasn’t afraid because I had a lot of support around me.”
.@amandlastenberg breaks down intersectionality: “I couldn’t separate my black identity from my experience as a woman from my experience being a gay woman. They’re all experiences that are interconnected” https://t.co/mhX6NUbFbE pic.twitter.com/R7iPP73SHL— Variety (@Variety) August 28, 2018
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