Just dance! Serena Williams explained how she ended up twerking in a sexy bodysuit in Beyoncé’s new visual album, Lemonade, and revealed the pop diva’s simple on-set instructions for the tennis star.
“I have known the director [Dikal Rimmasch] since I was like 9 years old. I know Beyoncé pretty well, so they were like, ‘We would love for you to be in this particular song. It’s about strength and it’s about courage and that’s what we see you as,’ ” Williams, 34, told reporters (via the Associated Press) in Rome, where she is currently competing in the The Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
The seasoned athlete appeared in the video for the controversial Lemonade track “Sorry,” in which Beyoncé, 34, flips her middle fingers at her cheating man and a mysterious mistress known only (as the Beyhive is well aware) as “Becky with the good hair.”
Marriage drama aside, Williams said that the behind-the-scenes vibes for “Sorry” were nothing but positive and decidedly relaxed. Queen Bey, a self-described “perfectionist” who prides herself on an acute attention to detail, allowed the Wimbledon champ to do her own thing in front of the camera.
“She told me that she just wants me to dance, like just be really free and just dance like nobody’s looking and go all out,” Williams continued. “So that wasn’t easy in the beginning, but then it got easier. … I thought that particular song on the visual album was really a strong song, and it was also really fun at the same time.”
Williams wasn’t the only celebrity to make a cameo in Bey’s musical masterpiece. Other famous faces who got airtime in the mini-movie include Bey’s adorable 4-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, Zendaya, model Winnie Harlow, Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, Ibeyi's Lisa-Kainde Diaz and Naomi Diaz, author and creole chef Leah Chase and ballerina Michaela DePrince, among others.
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