Zendaya has been most known for her role as Rue, a drug-addicted teen, struggling with issues like love, sexuality, depression, grief, and addiction on the show Euphoria. But, just how did Zendaya know that Euphoria was the right show for her?
The star went from Disney to Mainstream Hollywood, but the HBO drama was so much darker than anything she’d ever done before. In a recent interview with Vogue Australia, Zendaya talked about what made her feel like it was the right move to take on the role. “My whole everything was like: ‘I have to do this.’ I couldn’t explain it. I had no fear: it felt right. When it clicks and when it feels right, it’s right,” the 23-year-old confessed.
Zendaya is known to be extremely versatile when it comes to her work. She pretty much does it all. From her movies, to her television shows, to her modeling skills, and her singing career, the talented multi-threat has been shown to be extremely successful in all aspects of her career. And in particular, her role as Rue in the hit HBO drama has launched Zendaya’s career to the next level. But, it seems like she’s still only getting started and there’s a lot more that she wants to do.
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But more recently, she has revealed that there is important work to her that she wants to do is off screen. One particular issue that she is passionate about is diversity in Hollywood.
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Zendaya has been campaigning for more diversity at a young age. Prior the accepting her lead role on the hit Disney Channel show, K.C. Undercover, she wanted to make sure that the family being cast was a family of color. As a black woman, Zendaya felt it was important for young people of color to be represented on screen. She utilized her growing platform to advocate for more diverse representation. Back in 2015, she also called out Giuliana Rancic for her racist remarks regarding Zendaya’s dread locks seen at the Oscars.
Zendaya may only be 23, but she is showing that she is a full on adult and is mature when it comes to her priorities in life. In a recent interview with Vogue Australia, the movie star talked about what kind of legacy she wants to leave behind as she progresses in her career. The actress shared that she wants to make sure that she uses her platform to create lanes for Black women who aren’t being given the opportunities to showcase their talent.
The Euphoria star wants to support other Black, female, creatives.
Zendaya shared, “I think what’s really special right now is there are a lot of really, really talented black female creators who are really doing their thing. So it’s my job to support them. I feel our job is to support each other together, whether it be working together, creating things together. Also, as I grow and get older, I think about how I can continue to create opportunities for more people in this industry. How can I do what a lot of black female creatives are doing, like the Ava DuVernays of the world? Because it’s not a lack of talent: it’s the lack of opportunity. I think some people just need a shot.”