KiKi Layne Stole Our Hearts In If Beale Street Could Talk — & She’s Only Getting Started
And in many ways, that journey mirrors Layne’s real-life story. As a new, untested actress, the 27-year-old beat out 300 other women for this prestigious role (director Barry Jenkins’ followup to his Oscar-winning
Moonlight). Amidst this meteoric rise Layne struggles with imposter syndrome. “Every time they announced new cast members, I was just like: ‘How did I get into this movie?” she
recently told The Guardian. (If
Oscar winner Regina King played your onscreen mother, you’d probably feel the same way.)