With her background and beliefs, Zendaya does whatever she can to make sure that all shades of colors are represented on TV. That’s why when she was cast to star in Disney’s “K.C. Undercover”, she made it very clear to them that they’d have to get black cast members as her family on the series.
In an interview with Glamour, she spoke about the importance of having more people of color represented in the media. We couldn’t agree more.
This may come as a surprise to many, but the blood flowing in Zendaya's veins is not the one of a Hollywood star, but rather, one of a teacher. Yep – both of Zendaya's parents are teachers!
In an interview with Teen Vogue, she even said that if she wasn't a performer, she would have definitely become a teacher. With such a glowing charisma, we actually don't find that too hard to imagine.
With a Little Help from My Parents
Zendaya couldn't have made it this far if she didn't have the most supportive set of parents a little girl with big dreams can wish for. It turns out that during her middle school years, the two of them sacrificed a lot to support her career.
While her mother worked in two different jobs, her father had to quit his for the family to move with Zendaya to LA. That's some moving stuff!
A Little Controversy Doesn't Scare Her
When Zendaya acted alongside actor John David Washington in the movie "Malcolm & Marie", many people raised an eyebrow due to the major age differences between the two. But Zendaya wasn't too shaken up by the comments!
In an interview with E! News, she said she was aware of the fact that having started young, many people still perceive her as a child; which might make it hard for them to watch her being intimate on-screen with someone significantly older. However, she said, she's all grown up now. That's just how it goes.
A Huge Oprah Fan
Interviewing for Glamour magazine, Zendaya revealed that her biggest role model is legendary talk show host and media personality, Oprah Winfrey. Zendaya gushed about Oprah, expressing admiration towards her incredible success against all odds and her ability to achieve pretty much everything she dreams of.
She also mentioned how much she loves Oprah for being down to earth. We second that.