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In our Q&A series POPSUGAR Crush, we get to know some of our favorite celebs’ more intimate details — from their first celebrity crush to the best love advice they’ve ever received. This month, we’re crushing on Sunday’s Child and The Kissing Booth 2‘s star Maisie Richardson-Sellers.
You may know Maisie Richardson-Sellers from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and a little movie called The Kissing Booth 2, but now the 29-year-old actor is making her directorial debut with Sunday’s Child, which recently premiered at this year’s OutFest Fusion Film Festival. The short, which stars Chauntice Green, Numa Perrier, Paris Stephens, Peter Vack, and Joy Richardson, follows a young woman named Esi who just moved to Los Angeles and is struggling to find her place. However, after stumbling upon a party of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC), Esi finally feels like she fits in somewhere and is able to bring her walls down.
When we asked Maisie what life lesson she hopes viewers take away from Esi’s story, she told POPSUGAR that it’s important to never give up. “No matter how hopeless things may feel, you never know what joy could be waiting for you around the next corner,” Maisie said. “Stay open, stay curious and trust that one day, all this will be worth it.” As for whether she enjoys directing or acting more, she said she loves them both. “Each feeds me in such a different way,” Maisie explained. “I started my production company, Barefaced Productions, in order to bring like-minded creatives together and create the stories that I wish I had seen growing up. Stories that center on the narratives of, by, and about marginalized individuals. So, there is a lot more coming your way soon.”
As we wait to see what else Maisie has in store for us, keep reading for more fun tidbits about the director, including her first celebrity crush, the best love advice she’s ever received, and whether she’s Team Marco or Team Noah.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Britney Spears, when I was 6 and she was 16. I used to ask my mom if she would like me if she met me, and cried when I realized we couldn’t hang out in real life.
What is your favorite flirtatious emoji?
What is your favorite form of self-care?
Long walks in nature with my pup on a sunny day.
What is your biggest turn-off/turn-on?
Turn-off: rudeness. Turn-on: having things you are passionate about.
What’s your coffee/tea order?
Matcha latte with macadamia nut milk.
What would your ideal first date look like?
A candlelit tasting menu by the ocean (no pressure).
What is your go-to movie night film?
I don’t like repeating films! So, we spend most of the night scrolling through lists for something funny but not stupid, smart but not pompous, with great acting and a diverse cast. Please send any recs my way!
What is the best love advice you’ve ever received?
“Does she make you happy? Does she make you better?” Ask yourself those two questions regularly.
What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done/that’s ever been done for you?
My partner secretly flew from LA to London to surprise me on the press night of my West End debut play 3 Women. I walked into my flat and she was there with flowers and champagne. I had to keep checking she was real. Of the things I’ve done? Hard to pick . . . I am the queen of romance.
What is your go-to first date outfit?
A sexy, fitted, jumpsuit.
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Given that you were in The Kissing Booth 2, we have to ask: are you Team Marco or Team Noah?
If you could describe Esi from Sunday’s Child in a love song, what would it be?
“I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross . . . that’s cued up next for her.
What would Esi’s ideal partner be like?
Adoring, her biggest fan and advocate, someone who is out and proud, artistic, outgoing . . . sounds a lot like Ace doesn’t it?!