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Skai Jackson Talks Social Media Beefs, Career & Hollywood Role Models

By Alexandra Gratereaux
Posted On May 12, 2016
Skai Jackson Talks Social Media Beefs, Career & Hollywood Role Models

The day before Skai Jackson was going back-and-forth on Twitter with Azealia Banks, telling the outspoken singer to “simmer down,” she was on the phone talking to New You. The 14-year-old Disney starlet, known for her role on the Disney shows Jessie, and Bunk’d, and whose clean-cut photo recently went viral with memes trending non-stop, says comments on social media simply do not phase her.

“I laugh at them (memes),” says a cheerful Jackson. “I really don’t care. At least people know who I am. People will always make up stuff to harm you.”

Perhaps, this is what went through Jackson’s mind when she saw Banks’ homophobic rant on Twitter against former One Direction singer Zayn Malik.

“Azealia Banks needs to simmer down a little,” Jackson wrote on Tuesday.

Banks, 24, seems to have taken Jackson’s comment’s to heart and quickly fired back shots, via the social media platform, which Twitter ended up suspending.

“and you need to grow some hips and start ur menses. Stay in a child’s place,” Banks tweeted.

Jackson, who told New You exclusively on Monday that she does not “take [memes] any type of way,” refused to keep mum to Banks’ remarks. This only led to further angry slurs from Banks.

“When a no hip having 14-year-old has more class than you. Worry about your career. Get one. ?,” Jackson tweeted back.

“LOL, says the Disney Channel Reject. … You know they don’t like girls your color. Enjoy while it lasts,” Banks replied, before adding: “ur mom’s been pimping you out to Disney since you were a little girl. Let’s see what you end up like at 21. Bye!”

“I had a career before Disney and I’m sure I will after!” Jackson responded. “And I know I won’t turn out like you bitter and miserable! Fix ur life … and I’m sure my mom did a wayyy better job than yours did! You give black woman a bad name. I’ll be praying for you.”

Jackson was right about what she told Banks regarding her career. The actress tells New You she has been working since she was a baby and she genuinely loves what she does for a living.

“I originally started acting when I was nine months old,” says the Disney star, who was doing school work and had taken a quick break to chat with New You. “At the age of four, I knew I wanted to go to L.A. (Calif.,) and be on the Disney Channel.”

Jackson says that as a young child she would always watch shows on the Disney Channel and loved “The Cosby Show.” She recalls her adoration for fellow actress Raven-Symoné, and says she is still someone who she looks up to in the entertainment industry.

“She is such a good role model,” a thrilled Jackson says, adding that she always respects how Raven-Symoné is more “than just an actress.”

It seems as though Jackson is following in Raven-Symoné’s footsteps and branching out, dipping and dabbing into other interests, such as fashion and animation. The star also makes sure her education is on track, despite it being “a little hard” to juggle all of her commitments.

“I am doing a pilot with Dreamworks… a voiceover,” says Jackson. “I am not sure when it will come out. It is called Wee Dragon 6. My character is a dragon with two heads in one body.”

“One of the dragons is not intelligent and the other, my sister, is very smart,” she continues. “I am the one always getting in trouble.”

While Banks may think Jackson is a “Disney Reject,” the actress is far from it. By the time she was eight, Jackson had a starting role on the popular Boardwalk Empire series. She has also starred in movies such as Arthur, and The Smurfs.

Her advice for girls who want to give the ruthless and unforgiving acting industry a try? “Follow your gut,” Jackson says immediately.

“It may not happen next week, next month or next year,” she says. “If you really want to do something, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.”