all american homecoming

Now Maya looks like a natural with a racket in her hands.

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By Michelle Darrisaw

Playing a student-athlete on The CW’s All American isn’t a stretch for Geffri Maya—it’s her destiny. Before landing the recurring role as Simone Hicks in Season 2 of the sports drama, the 21-year-old grew up dancing and training under famed choreographer Debbie Allen.

The muscle and movement memory she developed at Allen’s dance academy came in handy when performing the celebrated dance sequence in the Season 3 episode “All American: Homecoming,” which launched the new spinoff series of the same name. “Luckily, my relation to Simone and the dichotomy [of the character] is not that far,” says Maya. “I didn’t grow up in Beverly Hills like Simone, but I was exposed to different walks of life in South Central L.A. that play a huge part in who I am today.”

Now the ball is in Maya’s court, as she takes the lead in All American: Homecoming. In the spinoff, Maya’s character embarks on a new journey as a college student/tennis champ at a fictional HBCU in Atlanta named Bringston University.

All American: Homecoming airs Mondays at 9p.m.ET/PT on The CW and streams on CWTV.com.

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