Serena Williams is finally opening up about her much-talked about cameo in Beyoncé‘s epic LEMONADE film. “[Beyoncé] 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 recalled to the press, according to The Washington Post. “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’ involvement in the video goes beyond just Beyoncé, as it turns out the tennis superstar has a strong relationship with the video’s director as well. “I have known the director [Dikal Rimmasch] since I was like nine years old. I know Beyonce 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.'”
The tennis champion appeared during the “Sorry” portion of the film, twerking like there was no tomorrow at Queen Bey’s side. The track has since become one of the highlights on the album, notably for the “Becky with the good hair” lyric and the subsequent quest to find out her true identity. Of course, Williams wasn’t the only celebrity guest on set that day, as Zendaya, Amandla Sternberg, Chloe and Halle Bailey, Lisa-Kaindé, and Naomi Diaz all made appearances. Relive Williams’ iconic cameo now and read why Beyoncé’s LEMONADE film is beautiful, surprising, and above all, for black women, here.