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Saweetie to Make Acting Debut on 'Grown-ish': Watch a Sneak Peek

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Saweetie outside Prada, during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021 on February 20, 2020 in Milan, Italy.

Looks like the founder of Icy University will be getting styled by Cal U's finest college dropout.

Saweetie will make her professional television debut this month by starring as bossy rapper Indigo in the Yara Shahidi-fronted Freeform sitcom Grown-ish. The show will officially return to the network on Jan. 21.

"Are y’all ready for Indigo’s mean ass," Saweetie tweeted on Monday (Jan. 4) alongside a 30-second clip of the episode. Shahidi's character Zoey Johnson has officially dropped out of college to become a full-time celebrity stylist for rapper Joey Bada$$, who plays himself in the show as a recurring guest star. According to Entertainment Weekly, the teaser clip shows a stressed-out Johnson working on the set of a music video in Miami for Joey and his protégé Indigo, played by Saweetie.

"I think Indigo is just a little bit of a bi---. She means well, but just sometimes she says the wrong things," the "Tap In" rapper told EW, which also confirmed she will guest star in multiple episodes. "My favorite thing about [playing] Indigo was when both her and Yara were on the same page and having a good time. You can just see the love and excitement that Indigo has for [Zoey]. I think the dynamic is like a cool, bossy, sometimes mean big sister to Yara. She loves her, but she just has a hard time showing you."

Grown-ish, the spin-off of ABC's Black-ish that focuses on Shahidi's journeys throughout college and adulthood, couldn't have been a more perfect place for Saweetie to kick off her official acting career. The University of Southern California graduate kickstarted her own Icy University online, with courses from "How to Start Your Own Business" to "How to Be a Pretty Bi---" available on her YouTube channel.

But the 26-year-old artist had no problem learning a thing or two from her 20-year-old co-star. "I would ask her for advice, and she was so easy to work with, so it was an honor and a pleasure to work with her. I know she’s gonna continue to do big and great things," Saweetie told EW of working with Shahidi to calm her nerves before the cameras started rolling. "Even if I would mess up sometimes, she was just so helpful. It’s always nice to work with someone who wants you to do as good as them. What I will say is that she’s such a team player. She was like hyping me up and gave me the motivation, so it was fun to work with her."

Watch the snippet of Saweetie starring in Grown-ish below before the show's official midseason premiere on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. ET.