Dancing without abandon on camera is one thing. Dancing without abandon on camera as a lounging Beyoncé looks on? That requires a whole different level of confidence, something Serena Williams knows firsthand: The tennis star got her groove on for Lemonade‘s “Sorry” music video after Beyoncé and the clip’s director asked her to make a cameo.
“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,'” Williams told the Associated Press.
As for direction, there wasn’t much. “She 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. So that wasn’t easy in the beginning, but then it got easier,” Williams recalled. “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 was one of many big names to appear in the video along with Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, and Quvenzhané Wallis. The entire visual album is now available on Tidal.