Imagine teleporting into one of your favorite movie universes, and you’ll have some idea of how KiKi Layne feels right now. “It hasn’t fully hit me,” the 29-year-old actress says of playing opposite Eddie Murphy in Coming 2 America, the sequel to his 1988 comedy. Her eyes widen behind her glasses. “Like, ‘Yo, this is the sequel to Coming to America, and you are Prince Akeem’s daughter. What is this?’ ” Layne, who describes herself as a “huge fan” of the original, found great pleasure in watching Murphy at work. “It was incredible to witness the level of mastery he has over his craft,” she says. “He wasn’t super over-the-top or anything like that; it was just these little faces he would make or a one-liner he would improvise, and it would send everybody on set into laughter.” Layne, who modestly claims, “I’m no comedian,” says she was relieved to play the even-keeled stooge to Murphy’s funny man in the film, which premieres March 5 on Amazon Prime Video.
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“ I am blown away by her ability to be so vulnerable in one scene and playful in the next.”
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BEAUTY TIP: Keep a bold style strong all day with Flawless by Gabrielle Union Repairing Edge ControlDespite downplaying her abilities, Layne definitely has range when it comes to crossing genres: She’s quickly become a hot Hollywood commodity on the strength of her turns in Barry Jenkins’s period drama If Beale Street Could Talk and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s action hit The Old Guard. Olivia Wilde tells me that those performances are what drew her to cast Layne in her upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling, a psychological thriller centering on a 1950s homemaker. “I was moved by how much she can communicate nonverbally, and how boldly vulnerable she is in front of the camera,” Wilde says. “I was just so struck by her presence. What I look for above all else is fearlessness, and she clearly has that in spades.” Layne appears alongside Harry Styles, Florence Pugh, and Gemma Chan in the period piece, clad in era-appropriate restrictive clothing. “I mean, sometimes a girdle is just what you need—smash it all in!” Layne…