Meet Diamond White, Star of ‘The Lion Guard’
“I think I’m a pretty boring kid,” says Diamond White. “My life consists of writing poems and stuff that’s on my mind. I’m an artsy person, so I always have to be doing something creative.”
Skim through the 16-year-old’s resumé, which lists The Big Bang Theory and episodes of Phineas and Ferb, and you’ll notice that the talented starlet is anything but “boring.”
In fact, she’s quite the opposite.
At age 14, she courageously appeared on X-Factor and commanded everyone’s attention – even a normally stone-faced Simon Cowell – with her rendition of James Brown’s It’s A Man’s World.
Although America might have met the Detroit native for the first time on the competitive series, she had been shutting down stages long before she journeyed to Hollywood.
As an elementary school student, some of her very first performances were in major theater productions such as The Color Purple.
“Singing and acting both kind of happened at the same time, because I started off in musicals,” she explains. “You can sing and act, and I loved them equally.”
When her family packed up their Midwestern home and relocated to the West Coast, the number of gigs Diamond scored snowballed.
She started doing voice-overs for many Disney projects including Sofia the First and Transformers: Rescue Bots.
“When I moved, I was told the hardest thing to do is voice-overs. I ended up booking a few things, and I immediately fell in love with it. I didn’t even know that was something I could do,” she admitted.
Not only can she do it, but she can do it quite superbly. Landing a role alongside Gabrielle Union and James Earl Jones in the upcoming flick The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, and the subsequent series of the same title, is proof.
“I was in my car, and my mom was driving. We were actually parked at some fast food restaurant, and we got the call from the agency [about the casting]. I was in shocked,” she remembers. “Things don’t hit me when they happen. I spent another three hours thinking, ‘Did I really get the part?’ After the fact, I started screaming.”
In the film, which follows Simba and Nala’s second-born cub Kion as he steps into his new position as leader of the Lion Guard, Diamond plays the “confident and sassy” Fuli, the fastest cheetah in the crew. Together, the group looks after the African Savanna, ensuring a safe and well-kept environment.
“It’s fun to get to introduce a new generation to the movies,” she says of the third The Lion King installment. “My favorite part from the original is the cute love story between Simba and Nala and when they sing ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.'”
That’s not the only tune that the beauty can’t get enough of. She’s finishing up her EP titled Pressure due later this month, and it has already spawned the singles “Born Rich” and “Lie On The Night.”
Just thinking about how much Diamond has on her plate can be overwhelming. It certainly doesn’t fit the schedule of a “boring” girl.
“Productive,” she states. “Yea, that’s what I’m going to start calling it.”