This is the time of year that you see the migration of High School students, who are Seniors constantly checking their mailboxes or email inbox this time of year for acceptance letters, like expectant mothers checking their due dates. This is of course after the yearly influx of applications to Universities who after reviewing them send out such letters. However, among the applications this year was a particular High School Senior whose name is Idris Veliu.
Veliu who is best known for his appearances in the hit series Power (Starz) with 50 Cent and with Awkwafina in Awkwafina is Nora from Queens (Comedy Central). When he’s not on the set of Power playing basketball with 50 Cent he spends it auditioning for Speilberg, Liam Neesson and John Malkovich.
He also has been shot by celebrity photographers who have shot some of Hollywood most well-known stars. Veliu currently has major branding deals with a couture swim line, did a campaign for Giorgio Arnamni, walked the runway at DC and AZ fashions weeks, attended the red carpet at Vogue Miami Fashion Week, sitting front row and hung out with infamous rapper Fetty Wap. Veliu is the global celebrity representative for two major international brands Particle for Men and The Noa Collection.
|Veliu campaign for Armani||Idris Veliu walking the runway at DC Fashion Week|
His route to choosing a university is a lot different than most High School Seniors, for Veliu who is a 17 year old celebrity actor and has already been making his mark in Hollywood and has a large fanbase online, the route to attending higher education is different. Mind you Veliu like many celebrity actors before him, went through the same application process like any other student applying. His grades were evaluated, he did the interviews like any other High Schooler with the admission committee.
However this is where the process of being a “regular student” applicant changes. Because when the press learns that an actor is applying to university and has been accepted the rush of inquiries start. Those reporters covering the Hollywood scene try to be among the first to break the story as to which University the actor is choosing. Since Veliu has been garnering a lot of recent interest by the press due to the announcement that he would be starring in the the long anticipated horror film “The Dead Place” with some of the most famous iconic actors in Hollywood Horror movies. As well as his major branding deals and many red carpet appearances the press has been on heightened alert. Interest has also grown since it was announced by Particle that he would be the face of their new cologne.
We also learned that he recently retained Northwestern Mutual Private Wealth Management to be his finance manager concerning his acting and branding deals. Veliu was entertaining many offers from several private wealth managers among them was Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management. Veliu decided with his Management to sign with a finance manager due to the fact that his portfolio of work has grown so much and also since he is heading to college next year.
So again, when most of us notify our family and friends where we are attending and the celebrating starts.. However when you’re a celebrity, entertainment reporters get to work to find out where that celebrity is going to attend in order to be the first to break the story. There were rumors that he was seen on the campus of Rutgers, Montclair State University, then at Caldwell University and then there was a recent sighting by students at William Paterson University, who took to reddit to discuss the sighting. That student rumor mill actively asserted that Veliu met with the Dean of William Paterson’s Business School and other Administration officials, however the school did not respond to our inquiries. So it came as no surprise when his Agency recently released a statement that he had chosen William Paterson University, so the Paterson rumor mill was right.
The official statement from his agency reads as follows:
William Paterson was founded in 1855 and was named after American judge William Paterson. Paterson is the third-oldest public institution in New Jersey. William Paterson offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through its five academic colleges. During the fall 2021 semester, 5,838 undergraduate students and 3,100 graduate students were enrolled. William Paterson University is on a 370-acre hilly, wooded campus in northern New Jersey in the suburban township of Wayne.
The university is no stranger to having celebrities attend their University and they have a bunch of well-known alumni that can help support and guide Veliu. Among the alumni are: Joseph Travolta an American actor, producer, director, singer, screenwriter and is the older brother of actor John Travolta. Brian Lynch a screenwriter who is best known for writing the screenplays The Secret Life of Pets, The Secret Life of Pets 2, and Minions: The Rise of Gru and Ian Zeiring from the TV Series Beverly Hills 90210.
We hear from insiders that his studio’s and brands were concerned when they heard he would be attending university. These companies always look at this situation from the point of view that they have investment in a star so they want assurances that the investment is protected. We have been hearing for some time that they are putting a lot into him. However, in the end it all worked out and the university we hear will allow him to attend courses online when he needs to be on set or meet his contractual commitments, etc.