The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Tatyana Ali is set to return for Bel-Air season 2, but she won’t be reprising her previous role on the spinoff show.


The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirTatyana Ali returns as a recurring character in Bel-Air, although she will not be reprising her previous role. Ali played Ashley Banks throughout The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, grows from a precocious little girl to a teenager with a rebellious spirit. Even if she doesn’t return Bel-Air as Ashley, Ali has found a new way to shape Ashley’s character.


Tatyana Ali is not the only original cast member to appear on the film Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spin off. Daphne Maxwell Reid, who was the second actress to portray Vivian Banks in the original Fresh PrinceSee you in Bel-Air as Helen, board member of the arts council. Vernee Watson-Johnson, who portrayed Will’s mother, Viola Smith, in Fresh Princeacts as another board member in Bel-Air named Janice. Unlike Reid and Watson-Johnson, who only appeared in one episode of Bel-AirAli will join Bel-Air season 2 as a recurring character.

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Tatyana Ali will play Ashley’s teacher on Bel-Air

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Tatyana Ali will play Mrs. Hughes, one of Ashley’s teachers at Bel-Air Middle School. According to the official description provided by Peacock for Bel-Air season 2 describes Mrs. Hughes as a “English literature teacher at Bel-Air Middle School who sees something special in Ashley, often giving her books from her personal collection“(via TVLine). While little else has been revealed about the character so far, it is clear that Mrs. Hughes is poised to be the perfect mentor for the youngest Banks child.

The former Ashley will guide Bel-Air’s Ashley

Akira Akbar as Ashley Banks in Bel-Air

Although her time as Ashley is coming to an end, Tatyana Ali has found a new way to shape the character. As Bel-Air‘s Ashley navigates the effects of her father’s political career on their family while also exploring her own sexuality, and Mrs. Hughes can serve as a formative mentor for the preteen. In his brief appearance in Bel-Air season 2 trailer, Ali’s character can be heard delivering words of wisdom to Ashley in the school hallway as she says, “Never let anyone try to change youBy being someone who truly believes in Ashley and stands by her side, Mrs. Hughes is able to guide Ashley through difficult times.

A lot of Bel-Air season 2’s plot has been kept under wraps so far, though Ali’s addition to the cast is one of the few plot points teased in the trailer. Carla Banks Waddles, Bel-Air‘s new showrunner, has promised that Season 2 “will continue to find ways to push the envelope and feel refreshing… while honoring the heart of the old series“(via Weekly entertainment). When it comes to honoring The Fresh Prince of Bel-Airbringing back Tatyana Ali to serve as guide for the newest iteration of Ashley Banks is a great move for Bel-Air season 2.

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