Rayven Ferrell Lands Pivotal Role In New Tupac Film, “All Eyez On Me”
Atlanta – When Rayven Symone Ferrell was born, her mom had a strong vision for her. She knew her daughter was destined for great creativity and named her after Raven-Symoné, her favorite character on “The Cosby Show.” Twenty-one years later and a mother’s intuition has proved true. The young aspiring actress has already landed a career defining role, playing Sekyiwa Shakur, the baby sister of rap icon Tupac Shakur, in the soon to be released blockbuster film, “All Eyez on Me.” Directed by Benny Boom, and starring another newcomer, Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, the film is slated to hit theaters on June 16, the late rapper’s 46th birthday.
The role is the opportunity of a lifetime for the aspiring young actress who performed her first play in the sixth grade and booked her first on-camera gig at 17 years old. The film’s debut follows a string of successful appearances for the budding thespian, including the Oprah Winfrey executive produced series “Greenleaf” on OWN and working with Academy Award nominated director, Lee Daniels, on the popular Fox series, “STAR,” starring Queen Latifah. To say that Rayven is on a roll is an understatement. Under the tutelage of Atlanta based talent agents, Christopher Young and Tay Smith at J Pervis Talent Agency, Rayven is quickly building up the kind of screen credits that actors dream of in Hollywood.
A Cincinnati, OH native, residing in Atlanta, Rayven is currently an undergraduate at Kennesaw State University majoring in Communications, Media Studies. She is humbled by her selection to play the famed actor’s sister.
“I have never connected to a character in an actual project as much as I connected with this one,” reveals Rayven. “Sekyiwa Shakur and I shared similarities in our childhood, so I found myself really relating to her. My mom was a single parent of six so we didn’t have much at all. Some days we would have to go without food, water, and electricity, so I understand that struggle and the pain she experienced in her early years.”