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Lelanie Foster
September 28, 2022 6:00 AM EDT

I went to the premiere of The Bear with Ayo Edebiri and remember asking her, “How come you didn’t tell me you could act so good?!” As chef Sydney, she was so honest and gave one of the most clear-eyed portrayals of the modern working Black girl I’ve seen onscreen in a really long time. I felt so represented by Ayo’s character, and other people will too—it takes a lot of confidence and strength to give a performance that’s so grounded. I know she’ll take that humility with her as she starts a long, prosperous career. She’s a great friend and an even better actor.

Brunson is an actor, producer, and an Emmy-winning writer

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