From ‘Black’ to ‘Mature’: Marcus Scribner joins onscreen sister Yara Shahidi at Cal U for the show’s fifth season

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES – The fictional California University campus welcomes a new young student to the college scene to kick off the fifth season of Growing Up.

Junior Johnson, played by Marcus Scribner from Black-ish, is now enrolling at his sister’s beloved alma mater.

The Freeform TV series passes the college baton from recent grad Zoey Johnson, played by Yara Shahidi, to her little brother Junior, who is trying to figure out his own future.

“Junior definitely fell on his face when he first tried to go to college,” Scribner said. “So following in Zoey’s footsteps and hitting Cal U with a bang is something I never saw coming. I know Yara has been campaigning for this for a minute.”

“I feel like it reflects the essence of the show,” Shahidi said. “Our characters don’t stagnate. We can follow them on their natural paths. The fact that ‘grown up’ is a vehicle for seeing this other part of Junior’s life is really exciting.

“It was fun to come in with big sister energy and feel more secure as someone who has learned every lesson there is to learn. So I feel like this season has also allowed me to explore different sides of my character, which has been fun.”

The “-ish” world has been a part of Marcus and Yara’s life for almost a decade. And they’re just proud to be part of this TV family.

“Just knowing that people have been able to see me grow over the years and actually pay attention is a little bit crazy at first, but it’s also an amazing thing that there is this recorded history and that our characters have been able to not only represent, but also inspire a future generation to just be themselves,” said Scribner.

Season 5 of grown-ish premieres July 20 at 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Freeform and is available to stream on Hulu the next day.

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Laura Coffey

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