Whoopi Goldberg’s granddaughter could succeed him
Being Hollywood royalty could pay off royally.
For Amara Skye, who takes part in the new series “Claim to Flame”, where relatives of celebrities fight for a prize of $100,000, it is important to obtain the opinion of her grandmother Whoopi Goldberg.
“His endorsement still matters to me,” the New Jerseyan told the Post in her very first interview.
So when the casting directors first contacted the 32-year-old artist via an Instagram DM, she spoke to Grandma, who was skeptical at first.
“At first, she didn’t understand how to slide into DMs and how people do things now,” she explained. “She kind of thought it was a fake thing and told me to be careful.”
However, once the paperwork arrived, “The View” co-host was on board and Skye pursued “the opportunity of a lifetime.”
On the ABC show, which premiered July 11 and airs its third episode Monday night, cast members hide their identities and castmates must guess which A-lister their parent is. If they name the correct person, the person whose identity is revealed is eliminated.
In the first episode, Skye – the eldest of three children of Alex Martin, Goldberg’s only offspring, whom she had with her ex-husband Alvin Martin – had to give a clue about her famous relative. (Skye’s identity wasn’t revealed to the public until the first episode.)
The young TV star used the impressive fact that Goldberg, 66, is an EGOT winner – meaning she’s won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
The native of Berkeley, Calif., remembers being able to play with the statues as a child.
“Yes, I could see them all the time,” she said. “She put them higher now, so now I can’t reach them, but yeah, I got to play with them…I would go find them.”
She also remembers visiting her grandmother’s movie sets, her favorite being “Sister Act 2.”
“I was probably 4 or 5…I remember being around the cast and they all hugged me like a little mascot,” she said. “And I also remember being there for all the singing rehearsals.”
Now the tables have turned and Goldberg is here to watch her granddaughter’s career blossom. “She’s pretty supportive in everything I do,” Skye said.
The budding artist only started painting after realizing its therapeutic value. “I didn’t because I was like, ‘Let me show and display everything.’ I was painting because I was going through trauma and stuff like that.
However, when guests at her home saw her original pieces hung and encouraged her to share them, she began to take her work more seriously.
On July 30, she organized her first solo art exhibition on St. Nicholas Avenue in Brooklyn. “My style is more abstract and poetic,” she said. “I kinda like Basquiat, Banksy type stuff.”
This year, Skye moved to New Jersey and lives near her grandmother.
“I see her every day. If I don’t see her, it’s definitely a call or a text. I am always in his eyes and in his mind,” she said with a laugh.
And Goldberg even makes time to babysit her first great-grandchild, Skye’s 8-year-old daughter Charli Rose. “She definitely helps me. We’re a close-knit family… You know how they say, ‘Does it take a village?’ We are the village.