As she gears up for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the budding style, screen, and social-media star has no plans to slow down.
PROVENANCE: Oakland, California.
THE WORLD’S A STAGE: “I fell in love with theater at a young age. I was that weird eight-year-old who actually appreciated Shakespeare. I loved singing and dancing and putting on performances for my parents,” who were both teachers.
THE HOUSE THAT MOUSE BUILT: By seventh grade, she had started auditioning in Los Angeles. “I got my first Disney show within six months.” After three seasons on the channel’s hit show Shake It Up, she went on to star in K.C. Undercover. This talented multi-tasker also serves as one of the show’s co-producers. “It’s like the best internship you can imagine.”
MARVEL’S MUSE: Zendaya will be making her big-screen debut as Michelle, Peter Parker’s nerdy classmate, in this summer’s anticipated reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming. “I auditioned, did my screen test, and waited like everyone else. It was important to me that my first movie be great—I didn’t care if I had one line.”
BREAKING THE MOLD: With her clothing line, record deal, charity work, and upcoming role alongside Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman, Zendaya shows no signs of slowing down. More than 55 million social-media followers are watching her every move. “I have a billion dreams, and I want to use my platform to help people. I’ve been given this power and I have to start conversations that are bigger than myself.”