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Zoey Drops out of College and Links up With These Celebrity Guests on the New Season of 'Grown-Ish'

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Feb. 4 2021, Published 10:23 p.m. ET

In January of 2018, the eldest daughter of Andre and Rainbow Johnson ventured out into the brave new world of higher education with her starring role in grown-ish. Three years after the show’s premiere, Zoe Johnson (Yara Shahidi) and her tribe are back for the second half of the show’s third season, and our leading lady is on a new adventure yet again. 

After leaving school to follow her dreams as a celebrity stylist, fans want to know: Where does Zoe live and where is grown-ish filmed?

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Where is 'grown-ish' filmed?

In the series, which is primarily filmed at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., a recently dropped out Zoe and her friends study at the fictional California University of Liberal Arts, affectionately called Cal U. In the latest season, Zoe leaves Cal U to pursue a career in the fashion industry and discover if it “is all it’s cracked up to be or if she still has some growing left to do,” according to showrunners. 

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The second half of the series, which was set to premiere last summer, was ultimately delayed in an attempt to follow COVID-19 protocols in Los Angeles country, where the virus ran rampant. Yara told TV Line, “Initially, this was supposed to come out this past summer as a kind of seamless continuation. But I think, fortunately, people are still excited after our long hiatus. We’re trying to be as COVID safe and responsible as possible.”

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The 20-year-old black-ish actress went on to explain that now that the show has returned from its brief hiatus, cast members have already started to prepare for Season 4 of grown-ish, which was renewed in late January. 

She continued, “There are a lot of protocols in place, and unfortunately, L.A. isn’t doing really great right now in terms of COVID overall. We are waiting on the go-ahead because we’re dealing with a perpetually pushed start date. But on the bright side, we’ve already started reading scripts … the preview I’ve gotten of Season 4 has been super exciting, and we’ll be on set in no time.”

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The cast of 'grown-ish' are friends IRL.

Acting alongside Yara on the star-studded cast of grown-ish are R&B duo Chloe x Halle, Trevor Johnson, Diggy Simmons, and Francia Raisa, who are all friends in real life. The stars recently stopped by BuzzFeed for a game of Who’s Who to prove exactly how close they are. 

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This season, the show will also feature celebrity guests including Saweetie and Joey Bada$$, who Yara says will add a new “dynamic” to the show.

Yara told Complex, “What I love about Saweetie just as a human is that she is so multifaceted. She is a businesswoman, a college grad, somebody who runs her own businesses and is making music. I think that's something that runs through the whole cast, being a multi-hyphenate. That comes through even in her character. You may meet her briefly, but you can't name her character, Indigo, as one thing.” 

grown-ish airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform. 

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