An American teen actor Shahadi Wright Joseph has impressed the globe with her sparkling acting skills in the film The Lion King. She was also the youngest actor ever to portray the famous role of Nala in the film. Also known as Saleh, she hails from Pinellas County, Florida and is one half of the dynamic duo, Thea Shah and Randa Jarrar. Born as Sadeghakh Shahid in Pakistan, she was educated at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
Shahadi Wright Joseph attended the University of Southern Florida, where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She then enrolled in Florida State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Following this, she joined the crew of the popular television show Dance Maxx, before getting a role in Lion King as Nala. Following her impressive breakout performance, Shahadi Wright Joseph was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Leading Role.
After receiving the award, Shahadi Wright Joseph was excited about the prospect of another Academy Award nomination. However, following the announcement of her Oscar win, Shahadi Wright Joseph became confused as to what she would do next. She was just happy to have captured the role of Nala. The confusion soon turned to anger as the press release of her win made it clear that Shahadi was not going to be nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role category for her role in Lion King. Although the press release stated that Shahadi was not being shut out from playing the part of Nala, Joseph was not feeling very well about it. She claimed that she was only busy reading the script of the upcoming movie and trying to figure out how to get past the scene where she gets shot by one of the lions in the film.
In Lion King, according to producers, Shahadi will play the role of Nala, the eldest daughter of the lion kingdom. Shahadi has also read the script for the movie, which is expected to be released in sometime in 2021. While everyone is waiting for Shahadi’s turn to shine in the world of horror film, there are other talented actors that are waiting in the wings. Two of these names are Anastasia Steele and Selenita Cruz. Both of these ladies are also promising stars that will soon find their way into the halls of Hollywood. There are many other names that are also waiting in for their turn, including Shea Couples, Alexander Flores, and Kay Panabaker.
- Profession: Actress, Singer, Dancer
- Debut TV Series/Movie: Hairspray Live! role (2016) (Inez Stubbs)
Us (2019) role (Zora Wilson / Umbrae)
The Lion King (2019) (voice) Young Nala
- Salary: Under Review
- Net Worth: USD $450,000 (in 2018) approx
- Favorite Actor: Tom Cruise
- Favorite Actress: Scarlett Johansson
- Favorite Food: Pizza, Burger
- Favorite Color: Blue, Black
The role of Nala will also present a little bit of hardship for Shahadi Wright Joseph. As it turns out, Shahadi is quite like the lion King, in that he is quite overweight. When he is on screen, he will be trying to chug down some of the other actor’s cups of coffee. This is something that the other actors may have found amusing at one point, but not since the time when Shahadi was announced as the new prince. The weight issue may come off as just another character trying to be eligible for the role of the new King of England. However, Shahadi can only blame those Hollywood producers that are so desperate to make an American movie.
The Lion King is due for release in some late spring or early summer of 2021, so we should keep our eyes open for any updates on Shahadi’s role in this project. He will surely be making a name for himself in the acting community. With such a young age, he is sure to be a big star in coming years. It will be exciting to see what kind of roles he lands after his amazing turn as the king of the lions in Lion King, as well as what role he will be playing in other upcoming movies.