KOKOnista Of The Day: Kiki Layne Is Inspiring Young Girls To Become Black Superheroes And Superstars In Real Life

Kiandra “KiKi” Layne has drawn critical acclaim for her breakout role in If Beale Street Could Talk, but Layne’s inspiring story is what had us at hail.

Kiandra “KiKi” Layne (born December 10, 1991) is an American actress from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is best known for her starring roles in such films as the romantic drama If Beale Street Could Talk, the drama Native Son, and the action superhero film The Old Guard.
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Layne earned a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2014.


Speaking in 2018, Layne says she was always acting growing up and that her favourite movie as a child was The Lion King. She said, “I used to watch it every day and create these extravagant stories with my Barbies and stuffed animals.”


Layne’s first acting role was with Lena Waithe in the pilot for the drama series The Chi, which was shot in 2015.

She has modeled for the fashion brand, Kate Spade New York and have starred in the screen adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son, then alongside Charlize Theron in The Old Guard, which was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

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