Cardi B is more than just a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning rapper. Since 2017, she’s been dipping her toe into small and big screen endeavors as an actress. Most recently, she took on a surprise cameo role in F9. It was a headline-grabbing move for the popular franchise, and an exciting challenge for the seemingly fearless rapper. But according to Cardi B, playing opposite Vin Diesel was a "scary" moment for her -- at least, at first.
We first learned that Cardi B would be making her debut in the Fast and Furious franchise back in 2019, when Vin Diesel shared a video of himself with the rapper on the F9 set. It wasn’t her first foray into Hollywood -- she’d given a strong performance in Hustlers earlier that year. But it was still a bit of a surprise to fans of both the musician and the film series. Despite being all smiles in the video that Diesel shared with fans, Cardi B recently admitted in an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip shared by People that while she couldn’t wait to join the cast, sharing the screen with Vin Diesel was initially a bit intimidating:
In fact, Vin Diesel did more than make Cardi B feel comfortable on set. She said that after filming wrapped, the actor even gave her some words of encouragement:
If you’ve received the Vin Diesel seal of approval, it seems like you’re probably officially a member of the Fast and Furious family. That’s fitting, since according to Diesel, the whole reason Cardi B joined the cast in the first place is because his daughter is a big fan, and she wanted to see them together on screen. He really did take the meaning of “family” seriously this time around.
In F9, Cardi B played Leysa, an old friend of Dom’s who seemingly owes him a favor and helps him out of a tight spot. While her appearance definitely falls into the cameo category -- she doesn’t have much screen time -- it seems like she made a good impression on more than just Diesel. In June of 2021, the actor revealed that Cardi B will reprise her role as Leysa in Fast and Furious 10. And given the huge number of potential spin-offs for the franchise, there’s a chance she could pop up in future films as well -- after all, there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding her character, and therefore plenty to explore.
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