In Samira Wiley and Asante Blackk's family, it's like aunt, like nephew!
Blackk has become this year's youngest Emmy nominee at 17 years old thanks to his performance in Ava DuVernay's When They See Us. He's also the ninth youngest Emmy nominee in the award's history, joining the likes of folks like Keshia Knight-Pulliam and Malcolm Jamal Warner for The Cosby Show, Fred Savage, Claire Danes, Sara Gilbert, and most recently, Millie Bobby Brown.
Wiley, who starred on Orange is the New Black and is Blackk's aunt in real life, congratulated her nephew on a job well done.
"Ain't even had my @televisionacad Emmy for 1 whole year yet, and the boy already coming for his auntie's crown! Haha," she wrote on Instagram. She continued her post congratulating Blackk "on his first Emmy nom for his breathtakingly beautiful portrayal of young Kevin Richardson" in the Netflix miniseries.
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Ain’t even had my @televisionacad Emmy for 1 whole year yet, and the boy already coming for his auntie’s crown! Haha ... Congratulations to my stupidly talented nephew, @asanteblackk on his first Emmy nom for his breathtakingly beautiful portrayal of young Kevin Richardson in @netflix’s @whentheyseeus! Love you so much, ASANTE!!!!!!!! Congrats to you, @ava, and the rest of the cast, crew and creative team of @whentheyseeus! #sowelldeserved ???????? ???????? ???????? ???????? ... (Also, shout out to all the people who zoom in and peep the call we makin to Grandma. Haha) ????
When They See Us was nominated for 16 Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series as well as Jharrel Jerome for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series TV/Movie. Niecy Nash and Aunjanue Ellis are also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie. Marsha Stephanie Blake, Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo and Vera Farmiga are also up for nominations in the supporting actor and actress in a limited series/movie categories.
Photo credit: Samira Wiley/Instagram