Venus Williams just sat down with PEOPLE (the TV Show!) for an interview ahead of the Will Smith movie coming out about the tennis star's life. Lucky for us, the history-making athlete shared who her real-life hero is and, let's just say, it's got us feeling all the feels. Read on for the details.
It might come as no surprise that Venus's hero is none other than her partner in crime - on and off the court - sister Serena Williams. And the way the 41-year-old puts it, her little sis probably feels the same way.
"I think we're each other's hero," Venus shared. "I know that I'm the oldest sister, so it's different, but she's in the sense that she's my younger sister, and she's the only one [of my siblings] younger than me. So she's the only one that I have to like 'take care of.'"
"So she's my everything in that sense," Williams added. "And she's the best younger sister you could ever have. She's so protective. And I learned so much from her on, off the court, and I couldn't have been the person that I am or won any titles really without cause I watched her." We're not crying; you're crying.
The touching interview comes ahead of the King Richard premiere, following the famous siblings' rise in the tennis world. Will Smith plays the duo's dad, while Saniyya Sidney stars as Venus and Demi Singleton as Serena. TBH, just the trailer's got us in our feelings. And it looks like Venus felt the same way while filming. "Honestly, it was more about memories. Like I forgot about that," she said. The one-of-a-kind athlete also told Entertainment Weekly one of her favorite parts of the film.
"I love that it captured the innocence - the innocence we still hang on to, actually," Venus explained. "It's kind of difficult for me to say, 'Oh, this film shows me.' Because me is Serena, me is my sisters. And there's no me without her, and I could have never done what I've been able to achieve on the court without her because I was also watching her and learning."
We just weren't prepared for this on a Tuesday morning - the sweetness is too much. Get ready for more touching moments because King Richard will hit theaters and HBO Max on November 18th.