Tatyana Ali played the youngest daughter of Vivian and Philip, who was always trying to control her life so she didn't become anything like regular teenage girls. However Ashley looked up to her cousin Will, whose life always appeared exciting to her, and as a result she became more rebellious as she grew up. Throughout the series, viewers watched as she dropped out of private school without telling her parents, became a one-hit wonder with her song Make Up Your Mind and strive to become a model. As the American sitcom came to an end, Ashley decided she wanted to attend a performing arts school and moved to New York with her sister Hilary, much to her father's dismay. Speaking about growing up on the NBC show, Tatyana told Mashable about having her first kiss on screen.
Hilary from Fresh Prince is still turning heads at 52
Not a goody-goody like brother Carlton and not so much of a button-pusher like cousin Will, Hilary was the fashionista of the family, quick to shop but often lacking common sense. Given her good looks, she was likely many '90s kids' first big crush, and, despite it being decades since the show first premiered, the actress who played her, Karyn Parsons, is still dropping jaws. Karyn Parsons premiered the Hilary character in , back when the show's biggest star, Will Smith, was still primarily known as a rapper. In an interview with NPR in , Parsons, who turned 52 in , recalled how she snagged the role. Revealing that the character was originally described as a "model type," Parsons assumed she wouldn't get the job. I'm not going to get this. I'm not a model type, you know?
You'll never guess what Ashley Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air looks like now…
And more than a decade after the programme ended, Ashley Banks has all grown up as actress Tatyana Ali celebrated her 38th birthday today. She was just 11 when the pilot was aired featuring her as Ashley Banks, the youngest child in the Bel-Air household. Initially the typical cute child, viewers watched as she grew up during the show and her storylines got bigger. In rumours circulated she had hooked up with Drake after photos emerged of the pair at a club.
In , 6-year-old Ali began her acting career as a regular performer on the children's PBS educational program Sesame Street , appearing with jazz great Herbie Hancock in a musical number during her tenure. She made her breakthrough in when she was cast as Ashley Banks on the television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , a role she played throughout the series' entire run, from to Ali's vocal talent was featured on several episodes of Fresh Prince in later seasons, prompting the show's star Will Smith to ask her if she would seriously consider pursuing a musical career. She ultimately decided, for the time being, to continue to concentrate on her acting career. In the series' final season, however, Ali performed several songs, and she began to be groomed for her musical debut, the culmination of which was her debut album Kiss The Sky in