Priah Ferguson

Future of Hollywood: Why Priah Ferguson is a Name to Remember


Dec. 23 2023, Published 4:16 p.m. ET

Leaders come in different molds and bear a wide variety of qualities. However, some qualities are nearly universally present among industry leaders. Look around, and you’ll notice many leaders exhibit self-awareness, courage, and a willingness to learn. Now the question is, does Priah Ferguson showcase such leadership qualities? Does she instill a sense of longevity in the competitive world of Hollywood? Fans have spoken. She does.

So, What Makes Priah Ferguson Different From Her Peers?

Many of us were introduced to Priah with her first appearance as Erica Sinclar in Season 2 of Stranger Things. The then 10-year-old Priah had a breakout performance, captivating the imagination of many of the show’s ardent followers. However, what few know is that her breakout performance was the culmination of years of hard work.

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Priah fell in love with acting when she was just 4 years old. Fast-forward one year later, and the 5-year-old with a passion for acting started taking acting classes. Right from her tender age as a child, she was self-aware of what she loved. Importantly, she was courageous enough to pursue her dreams.

This talented young woman has spent years in acting classes, honing her skills and learning what it means to bring a character to life. Her on-screen presence also illustrates an actress who is confident in her acting abilities. The presence of other budding actors does not faze her nor deem her stardom. She can hold her own, in most scenes she appears, she steals the show.

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Priah has also shown her willingness to learn and evolve as an actor

While many child actors would be content with having a role in one of Netflix’s most popular shows, time and time again she has chosen to try something new. From starring with Tiffany Haddish in 2018’s The Oath to partnering with Marlon Wayans in The Curse of Bridge Hollow, these roles have helped her evolve and grow as an actor.

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For instance, speaking with Pop Culture Planet’s Kristen Maldonado, Priah noted that she worked on timekeeping. She also got first-hand experience of the importance of knowing all her lines as a key responsibility of all lead actors. By taking on more responsibilities and trying new genres, she has built a reputation as a rising star.

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Priah is without a doubt a role model for Gen-Z girls

Priah is living in the future. While her stardom has unlimited potential to grow, her leadership in Hollywood is there to be seen. She has done what few other female actors have done. Few actors her age or older, especially among the minority actors, have starred in a globally renowned and beloved sci-fi series and amassed as massive a following as she has.

Many look up to her as a role model, something she has happily embraced. Backed by her sense of purpose (which was evident from a young age) and self-belief, 17-year-old Priah Ferguson is a name to remember and a star to watch.

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