Award Shows March 27, 2022
Venus Williams’ Emotional Reaction to Beyoncé’s Oscars 2022 Performance
Venus Williams was surrounded by stars of the 2022 Academy Awards.
“Extra’s” Billy Bush and Rachel Lindsay spoke with Venus, just before she and sister Serena introduced Beyoncé’s show-opening performance of “Be Alive,” which is featured on the “King Richard” soundtrack.
Of Beyoncé’s ornate performance, Williams said, “Beyoncé is in Compton, California, and she is ready to deliver the performance of her life… There’s no one in the world that doesn’t love her. I can’t believe she is honoring our family in this way… I’m trying not to cry today… She’s amazing.”
The song marks Beyoncé’s first Academy Award nomination.
Discussing her successful career in tennis, which has spanned nearly 30 years, Venus commented, “It feels like a lifetime ago. I know the work happened. Also, when you arrive, it’s surreal.”
As for her dad Richard Williams, who is portrayed by Will Smith in the movie, Venus said, “Dad is good.”
Will Richard be watching the Oscars tonight? Venus answered, “I don’t know if he’s gonna be watching, Mom and Dad go to bed early.”
She opened up about how she felt reading the script, commenting, “We knew we had a good script… When I read it, it was my life, our life. I laughed, I cried. It felt special.”
Venus was styled with the help of celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway, who used products from TRESemmé and Dove Hair.
In a statement, Lacy said, “I feel like Venus is really stepping into her own. She looks like a goddess, so I wanted to reflect this on the Oscars red carpet. So we made her hair feel larger than life, so she could look statuesque walking onto the carpet. We kept her hair off her shoulders to let her plunging neckline stand out.”