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5 Things With Skai Jackson

Skai Jackson’s face has literally been the subject of several memes. You recognize it before her name, but the 14-year-old is much more than a meme model.

The accomplished Disney actress and NAACP Award nominee has been acting for more than a decade, and she has no plans of slowing down, no matter what life throws her way.

JETmag.com spoke with the teen star on her life, career and that Twitter beef with Azealia Banks. Skai also breaks down her duty to her fans, and mostly to herself.

The Beginning of It All

“When I was nine-months-old, my mom put me into print [modeling] and of course at that age, I really didn’t have a choice. But as I got older, I started to do more commercials, and I got into movies. At the age of four, I definitely knew that acting was something that I really wanted to do. Ever since then, I’ve always been working, especially in New York, doing print modeling, commercials, and movies. Then, when I was eight-years-old, I auditioned for Jessie, which was my first Disney TV show. About two months later, they asked me to fly to LA for a screen test. Two days later, I found out I got the job.”

On Not Being An Ordinary Kid

“I don’t go to regular school anymore. So for me it’s a little bit hard making new friends, or maybe going to prom or special occasions that I would be able to do if I was in regular school. Now that I am home-schooled it’s a little bit harder for me to do that. Sometimes I feel like I might be missing out on things, but now I feel like I’m getting to do more than expected, especially at 14 -years-old. So for me, with the life that I’m living now, it’s totally fine.”

Meme Worthy

“That picture was taken in New York when I went out there for about three days to do some press. It was like 6am, and I was so tired. I was about to go on a talk show and my hair stylist [was taking pictures] and I wasn’t really paying attention. He kind of snapped the picture of me and I was like, ‘Oh, I guess since I’m about to go on this talk show I’ll post it so people will know that I’m going out.’ It was not the best picture but I didn’t really care.

So that’s when the memes started. I didn’t really understand why it was happening, and why people were making so many memes of it, but it’s actually really funny. I have a good sense of humor so that’s why I post them on my Twitter and my Instagram and my Facebook, because I really didn’t take any offense to it.”

On Azealia Banks: ‘I had to do it’

“That was something that I felt like I had to do, because personally, I know who Azealia Banks is and the only reason why I know of her is because of what she’s been doing over Twitter–fighting with people and using racial slurs and saying disgusting things towards people.

I’ve been bullied in the past, so I personally don’t think that’s right. A lot of my fans ask me, ‘How do you deal with bullying?’ What advice can you give me?’ and I always used to tell them, ‘Stand up for yourself.’ If someone’s bullying you, you need to stand up for yourself or tell someone. I got like five tweets from her at once and I was a little bit surprised by what she said, but I knew I had to hold my own. If I’m going to tell my fans to stand up for themselves, I have to do the same thing and be a girl of my word.”

Last Words

“I’m just a really confident person in general. Never give up on yourself. It might not happen right away, but if you really feel passion about something, then do it and go for it.”

Keep up with Skai Jackson on Twitter @skaijackson. You can also catch her on Disney’s “Bunk’D”