Marsai Martin Opens Up About Her Favorite Behind-the-Scenes Moments on ‘Black-ish’

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Marsai Martin is opening up about her tight-knit bond with the Johnson family—both on- and off-screen.

PureWow recently chatted with the Black-ish actress, who is now partnering with Invisalign's ChangeMakers program to highlight teens who are making a difference in their communities. And according to Martin, there is never a dull moment behind the scenes.

While chatting about her relationship with the cast, Martin said, "Honestly, we're pretty crazy together. We do pranks and sing songs. There's always something wild going on on that set."

This isn't so hard to believe, given all silly footage we've already seen of the actors on social media. For instance, in 2020, Tracee Ellis Ross posted a fun video from what appeared to be her dressing room, where the cast snuck into the background and danced as Ross tried to do her makeup. Plus, in 2018, Ross shared another fun memory with her on-screen family, where they all spontaneously broke into song while waiting between takes.

Noting that there are several more fun memories than she can recall, Martin said, "We're really like a true family, so it's not professional all the time. It's really like, we are what you see. It is a really cool thing that you don't get to see often."

As for her personal favorite memory, the 16-year-old star revealed that she loved singing with her co-stars Miles Brown and Anthony Anderson in the car together. She continued, "Those were the funniest moments. Those memories will always stay with me."

Aside from opening up about the cast, Martin also chatted about how she connects with her calculating on-screen character, Diane. After revealing that she enjoyed growing up with the character, she confessed, "I don't think I'd be friends with Diane. She's a wild one, but she's a smart wild one and she's wise beyond her years."

Still, the actress added that she identifies with Diane because of her confidence and growth. She continued, "I feel like the things we do have in common are that she's wise and bold and that she speaks up for herself. But at the end of the day, she's still learning, she's still trying to understand the meaning of being a teenager and what she wants to do."

Sounds like both Marsai and Diane have very bright futures ahead of them.

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