Empire's Serayah Takes Us Behind the Scenes at Sundance

IN TRANSIT
Photo: Courtesy of Serayah

There's nothing like the first time at Sundance—just ask Serayah. The Empire actress and singer took to the snow-filled streets of Park City, Utah this week to promote her new Common-produced Netflix indie, Burning Sands, which documents the brutal tradition of hazing on a college campus in Virginia. In the film, Serayah plays Angel, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority who strikes up a romance with a frat brother, Zurich (Trevor Jackson), before things take an expectedly dark turn. On the day of the world premiere, she took us along for a peek behind the scenes of her prep process. Scroll through below to see her Instagram diary.

01 of 08

ARRIVAL

ARRIVAL
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"Good morning, Sundance! I'm here! Can't wait to see our project come to life."

02 of 08

TIME FOR PRIMPING

TIME FOR PRIMPING
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"Getting glammed up for the screening. But first, lashes."

03 of 08

IN TRANSIT

IN TRANSIT
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"On my way to the screening all bundled up for this snowy Utah weather."

04 of 08

SHOWTIME

SHOWTIME
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"Outfit of the day: House of CB coat, Madewell bodysuit, and J Brand pants. Shout-out to my stylists Michah McDonald and Wayman Bannerman!"

05 of 08

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

IT TAKES A VILLAGE
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"Thank you to the whole cast and production team for being so real and humble. Such an amazing experience! #squadgoals"

06 of 08

SELFIE TIME WITH IMANI HAKIM

SELFIE TIME WITH IMANI HAKIM
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"Love this girl! Be sure to catch her in the flim."

07 of 08

MUGGING WITH MITCHELL EDWARDS

MUGGING WITH MITCHELL EDWARDS
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"One more with Mitchell!"

08 of 08

AFTER THE SHOW IS THE AFTER-PARTY

AFTER THE SHOW IS THE AFTER-PARTY
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"Screening done… time to celebrate this awesome movie! This is my new favorite purse by Anya Hindmarch."

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