Hollywood's Rising Stars Explain Why They're Voting in Midterm Elections
"I think it's up to us to decide what's the best way for us to get our voice heard," Kiki Layne told 'The Hollywood Reporter.'
With the midterm elections less than a week away, the younger generation is working on spreading one important message: voting counts.
Rising stars from films such as If Beale Street Could Talk, Aquaman and more sat down with The Hollywood Reporter on the set of the Next Gen shoot, which showcases up-and-coming talent under 35 in Hollywood, to share why they will be making their voices heard at the polls on Nov. 6.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II of Aquaman explained: "I think it's so important to vote any time you have the opportunity to make your voice heard. So any time I have the chance, I encourage people to vote and [I'm] definitely going to make my vote count."
"It's really important for everyone to vote because, if you believe in something, then you have to stand up for that, right?" Lana Condor of Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before said. "But I think, for obvious reasons, not having bad people in the White House is one of them."
If Beale Street Could Talk star Kiki Layne knows how powerful every vote is at the ballot box, saying, "I think it's up to us to decide what's the best way for us to get our voice heard, whatever that may be, and I think that's different for everyone."
Moonlight and Central Park Five's Jharrel Jerome explained that posts on social media mean nothing "unless we really sign up, register and go." He added, "I think that the fear and the worry that we have can be at least slightly suppressed if we get together and change and make the change."
Winston Duke, of Black Panther, referenced one famous Barack Obama quote, saying, "'Don't boo. Vote.' That's how I feel. Don't complain, just do the thing."
The Next Gen issue hits newsstands Nov. 7.