YouTube star, author, activist, youth empowerment leader, and now actress Lilly Singh aka Superwoman continues her world domination as she joins an NBC comedy pilot in a series regular role. The single-camera comedy titled “Bright Futures” hails from “Blackish” creator Kenya Barris and centers on a group of multicultural 20-something friends who are stepping into the real world.
Singh will play Sam, one of the four friends who lives in the apartment. Sam is a recent graduate of medical school but she only became a doctor for the sake of its title. Not much is revealed about her character just yet. She joins a cast that includes Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”), Shameik Moore (“The Get Down”), Jimmy Tatro (“American Vandal”), Calum Worthy (“Austin and Ally”). Additionally, “Friends” superstar Lisa Kudrow will be the narrator.
It’s exciting to see Singh’s gradual growth in the industry. She started out on YouTube in 2010 with her videos and vlogs, entertaining millions through her comedy. Over the years, her number of subscribers has continually been on the rise. She’s done collabs with big names like Priyanka Chopra, Dwayne Johnson, Gina Rodriguez among others. No wonder she became one of YouTube’s original ace cards.
The Indo-Canadian actress has used her platform to openly talk about overcoming depression. She also founded Girl Love, a campaign aimed to empowering women and encouraging them to support one another. Her work has connected fans across the world, who are all a part of Team Super.
This isn’t Singh’s first foray into acting. She’s done roles in films like “Thank You,” “Speedy Singhs,” “Bad Moms.” This summer, she will appear in the HBO film “Fahrenheit 451” alongside Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. Her original documentary “A Trip to Unicorn Island” traces her tour journey. She also released a book “How to be a Bawse” in 2017.
Casting Singh in this NBC pilot is a great move because I’m certain her supporters will watch it. Another plus is that they’ve cast actors who actually like like the 20-something professionals as they start out their careers. However, Singh’s character is playing yet another doctor, something we’ve seen a lot of this pilot season. I hope the pilot and the show do justice in explaining why the Indian character had to be a doctor but then again, having seen and loved “Blackish,” Kenya Barris can expertly handle these issues. Only if NBC picks up “Bright Futures” to series will we see it all play out.