The 32-year-old talks about the unique relationship she has with her famous grandma, her reasons for joining the new reality show, and her love for the creative world
People frequently hear about celebrities’ relatives wanting to step outside the shadows of their famous relatives, and with reason. Amara Skye, Whoopi Goldberg‘s granddaughter, is an example of someone trying to make a name for themselves.
On her quest to create her own legacy, the 32-year-old has her hands in a variety of pots. She is a painter and doodle artist who also enjoys storytelling.
Amara’s most recent and perhaps most public effort is her appearance on the new ABC series Claim to Fame, co-hosted by brothers Kevin and Frankie Jonas (of the famous Jonas brothers).
The reality show has 12 contestants, all celebrity relatives, who live in a house together and compete in challenges to keep their identities hidden for as long as possible. The player who spends the most time in the house without anyone figuring out who their famous relative is wins the game and $100,000.
“I was cast on the show via DM. It was something different. I didn’t know whether to believe it or not, but I went through with it,” Skye tells yahoo.
She admits to being skeptical at first. Skye could have asked her grandmother, the EGOT winner and current co-host of ABC’s The View, for advice on whether she should join the show before taking such a risk. Goldberg, too, had reservations at first.
“She was scared,” Skye says. “But after everything went the way that it was supposed to go, she was happy. The best advice she gave me was to just do what [I] gotta do and come back stronger, better and, you know, prepared [because] this is my big break.”
Skye’s strategy in the house has been to be a charming social butterfly rather than click up with or stick with a specific group. She has other creative endeavors apart from entertaining people on Claim to Fame.
“I never wanted to pursue a career in acting just because I felt like that was her thing,” the Claim to Fame star says of her grandmother. “But she never told me ‘don’t do this,’ but instead, just to open myself to everything.”
Skye spends time developing her craft as an artist, finding joy and purpose in painting. “I love to paint stories about – and it sounds crazy – my vagina. Yeah, it’s crazy, but the stuff that women go through [can] be difficult. But I’ll put it on the page so that you know you’re not the only one that’s going through it.”