Serena Williams isn't talking tennis as she ponders her next career: 'Am I an actress now?'

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Short of an update about her training, Serena Williams isn’t answering many questions about tennis at the moment. She is asking questions, though.

Or the 23-time Grand Slam champion was asking the same question multiple times while talking to USA TODAY Sports about her latest commercial set to broadcast during Super Bowl 56 coverage on Sunday.

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“Am I an actress now?”

Well, her credits are stacking up. Williams was omnipresent on sports fans’ screens this fall with a DirecTV spot that mashed up her on-court skills with the likes of “The Matrix.” And she’s no stranger to starring in Super Bowl commercials. In 2019, she was in an ad for the online dating app Bumble. And last year, Williams was featured in a Spike Lee-directed Michelob Ultra spot.

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Serena Williams isn't talking tennis as she ponders her next career: 'Am I an actress now?'

For this year’s big game, Williams teams up again with the carb-conscious brew. And she puts the honor of starring in a Super Bowl commercial right up there with her biggest wins in tennis.

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“Well, growing up as an athlete, it’s like it’s the creme de la creme,” Williams said during the interview, of which the full conversation will air Monday at noon ET on “Ad Meter Live” at noon across the USA TODAY Network, including USA TODAY’s YouTube channel. “You have a vision board; (being in a Super Bowl commercial) is like first on the board.”

The scene for her 2022 ad is the fictional “Superior Bowl,” a bowling alley filled with stars: Peyton Manning, Brooks Koepka, Jimmy Butler, Alex Morgan, Nneka Ogwumike and singer Becky G.

The bartender is actor Steve Buscemi, sure to conjure up memories of his character Theodore Donald “Donny” Kerabatsos from the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski.” After the scene is set inside, Williams makes the final, grand entrance as Buscemi remarks, “Game time.”

“I’ve watched a lot of Steve’s work,” Williams said, noting she only filmed her portion of the commercial with the Golden Globe-winning actor. “Obviously ‘Fargo’ was a big one but there was this movie called ’Twenty Bucks’ that not many people have heard of. That’s actually when I first started watching Steve and I’ve been watching him ever since.”

Williams, 40, didn’t say when fans could watch her compete on the court again, but notes that she’s “feeling good.”

“I’m back to training, which is exciting,” she said. “So I’m just trying to make sure I’m getting a little more fit training-wise, just getting my body and my muscles used to the tennis training, because that’s totally different from just regular training. And then see what happens, no pressure.”

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