Serena Williams at the 94th Academy Awards - Los Angeles

Serena Williams Declares 'King Richard' Is Just The Start Of Their Story

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on April 18, 2022 at 2:30 PM EDT

Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams were executive producers of the 2021 movie "King Richard," which featured several other stars, including Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, and Saniyya Sidney.  

"King Richard" is an award-winning biopic sports drama that highlights the early life of the sisters and the life of their father and coach, Richard Williams, who trained the women to be who they are now.

Serena mentioned in a recent interview that there are more sides to their story, and the film was just the start of their narrative.

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Serena Williams Promises More Stories Outside Of The "King Richard" Narrative

Serena Williams at the 94th Academy Awards - Los Angeles

According to ET, the professional tennis player is not through with Hollywood as she and her sister have more tales to tell beyond what "King Richard" narrated.

The movie had an epic conclusion, showing Venus finishing her first professional tournament, and Serena called it a "perfect ending."

The production's end establishes a path for a sequel and, eventually, the beginning of 'Williams cinematic universe' where the sisters would be seen getting on their journeys.

"Venus goes in her direction, and I go in my direction. It's two completely different stories," the 40-year-old explained.

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Telling her personal story will not be an easy feat as she had a rough journey during which she initially did not do so well, and then she did. She admitted that there would be much drama while calling her story a telenovela.

"King Richard" earned numerous accolades during the awards season and was also the focus of one of this year's leading controversies after Will hit comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars for joking about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The veteran actor played the role of Richard in the biopic and was honored with an Oscar for his performance.

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Serena Williams and sister Venus Williams at the premiere of "King Richard"
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Serena did not talk about the incident during the conversation; however, she stated that she was not the type to dwell on the past, either good or bad.

"I don't think I recognize my accomplishments enough," she confessed. "I'm one of those people that's like, 'If it's done, it's done, I've moved on.' Because if you think about what you've done too much, you may stop doing it. And I never want to stop. I'm still trying to reach my goals."

She further revealed that the present chapter of her life made her happy as she had played for numerous years even though she loved doing it, but now played just for herself.

"I compete when and where I want to go, but I don't have to go. So, I'm enjoying it in a different way," Serena stated.

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The William Sisters Looked Forward To The Possibility Of "King Richard"

Last November, The Blast noted how Will felt about Serena and Venus seeing "King Richard" in the theater. He appeared on "The Tonight Show," where he mentioned that he hoped the athletes liked the movie.

The Williams sisters were pretty thrilled about the possibility of the film, and they told the 53-year-old that they would be executive producers but would not attach their names to the project until they saw it.

King Richard Film Premiere
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When the movie was released, Will was informed that the siblings wanted to see it, and he did not feel so assertive at the time. He revealed that that was the worst two hours.

"It's the worst two hours ever. The worst two hours. Because you spent so much time creating these things, and there is literally one audience when you do it. You hope they like it," the "Bright" actor explained.

Luckily for him, Serena and Venus enjoyed the movie and his role as their father. He stated that they cried all through their watch, and they loved it.

As the conversation went on with the show's host Jimmy Fallon, Will further talked about his experience as Richard in the motion picture. He said:

"What was really interesting to me is that, you know, we all feel like we have a picture of Richard Williams, and it's the classic overbearing father hammering his children. But in sitting with Venus and Serena and their sisters and their mother, it was completely the opposite."

The movie star said the father of the tennis icons was "a loving, caring, doting father" to his daughters. Richard also did a mind trick that made the sportswomen always ask to play tennis. Venus called the stunt the 'Jedi mind trick.'

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