(CBS Local) – Laya DeLeon Hayes is only 16, but she’s now one of the stars of one of the most commented on TV shows in “EqualizerOn CBS. Hayes has the privilege of working alongside Queen Latifah and plays Latifah’s daughter in the series named Delilah.
As Hayes has been playing since the age of five, being a series regular on “The Equalizer” represents a major moment in his career.
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“The response has been so crazy, it’s really amazing. It was so much fun being able to film this show, ”said Hayes, in an interview with DJ Sixsmith of CBS Local. “This casting is a dream to work with. I admired so many of these actors that I work with on the show. A lot of my scenes are with Queen and Lorraine [Toussaint], two powers as actors. They were so amazing. They really welcomed and fed me. It was really nice to be able to bond with the two of them. They are so talented. I’m the youngest on set, so I’m just trying to learn everything I can. I learn so much just by watching them.
This is the first time that Hayes has been on a series regular where everyone around her is an adult. The actor likes her to be treated as an equal on set despite the age difference she has with her colleagues. While Hayes is still in the early stages of her acting career, she realizes the importance for black women to be portrayed in leading roles on network television.
“It’s so inspiring, that’s what is so great about our show,” said Hayes. “We really take the layers off and show you the intricacies of women and women of color, which you don’t really see much of on the TV screen. It certainly means a lot to me. When I was younger, like a lot of viewers, we look at the screen and see a character who looks like me and experiences the same things as me. I think a lot of people are able to see themselves through the character that Queen and Lorraine play and I play. The relationship dynamics of family are so different and it’s a relationship you don’t often see on TV.
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