“We were able to relive old times,”. “It’s like we’re 12-year-olds again talking on set in this weird language only we can understand. And we got to explore a different dynamic onscreen that I think is something real, real different.”
A 5-step beauty routine, 1 cup of noodles and 35.1 million Instagram followers…the actress, musician, dancer, and designer shares her day.
:00 A.M. I am usually one to sleep in, but lately I’ve been getting up pretty early. I do not hop right out of bed, though. I’m just not one of those people; I’m definitely a lie-around type. I’ll debate for a good few minutes whether I want to get up or try to sleep for another 10 minutes. If I’m being a little more of a diva, I’ll lie around for a full two hours. It depends on how I feel. You have all of your notifications on your phone when you wake up—texts, that kind of stuff—so I’ll look at that, or check my calendar to see what the heck I’m doing that day because, to be honest, I usually don’t know what I’m doing.
8:45 A.M. I just bought my first house, in Los Angeles, and I have a lot of people who live there. They’re all family: one of my sisters, my niece, and my cousins, who are both older than me. I love having people around me; I don’t like being in a big house by myself. When you have your own place, you really get to control the energy and what comes in and out of it to protect your own space. It’s really nice because I don’t let any negative vibes in my front door. If you’re having a bad day or if you have an attitude, don’t come to my house. I actually wake up and I’m happy, the sun is shining, and I’ll knock on my niece’s door and be like, “Good morning, I love you.” It’s great.
9:00 A.M. I am 100 percent a shower person. I don’t understand how people can take baths all the time. First of all, it feels like soup, and, second, it’s just not convenient. You have to take a shower after you take a bath anyway! After a shower I wash my face with a cleanser and follow up with toner, moisturizer, and lip balm. If you have a good lip balm, you can use it as a highlighter for your cheeks as well. It’s a double whammy. Another important thing is good mascara. I use CoverGirl Fibers mascara. There’s something about having nice eyelashes that makes you feel good.
10:00 A.M. At some point my assistant will try to force me to eat something. I’ve never been a breakfast person. I love breakfast food, just not at breakfast time. I’ll eat breakfast food, but it must have some Nutella on it: pancakes, berries, and Nutella. If I don’t have a lot of time, I’ll just eat and focus on getting dressed. In many ways, I have different facets of my life and lifestyle and what I do, and I think that is reflected in my clothing brand, Daya. It’s a way of hitting all those points of who I am. On a day-to-day basis, what I wear depends on how lazy I am. Ninety-nine percent of the time I wear sweatpants, which is why I have so many sweats and jumpsuits in my collection.
12:00 P.M. The best part of my job is that I work everywhere. That’s the great thing about technology and having a phone and being able to communicate. I can have a meeting from my car, from my room, from the set, from dressing rooms—literally anywhere. That said, I only have one phone. I haven’t gotten to that level of Hollywood where I have one for business and one for personal. It’s also important to have a great assistant. That’s the only way anything gets done, because I have someone scheduling it all for me. If I’m working on set all day, maybe I’ll have a lunch break when I can have a phone meeting about the clothing line, and when I get off from shooting I can go to the recording studio. It’s about fitting it in whenever I can.
“I’m one of those people who don’t like to be alone, just left alone.”
1:30 P.M. It’s bad but because I work so much, sometimes I forget to eat. I snack throughout the day, though, especially if I’m on set where there is craft service. My go-to is a cup of noodles with hot sauce. I know it’s bad for me. People are like, “Zendaya, it’s high in sodium!” but it’s what I want to eat. I don’t drink coffee; it doesn’t do anything for me. I don’t drink energy drinks or soda, either. And I hate water. I’m a juice drinker but not fancy-people juice. Like Tropicana or lemonade—not fancy.
3:00 P.M. Most people know me because I’m outspoken and I say what I have to say, but it’s one thing to talk. I can’t promote self-love and body empowerment and not have a clothing line that reflects that. My point was to make Daya more than fashion. In many ways, designing is very similar to making music. It all falls under having a vision and trying to execute that vision.
6:00 P.M. I don’t cook. I think I could cook—I can do anything I put my mind to, so I could cook. I just (a) don’t like following directions, and I’m (b) too lazy. I use Postmates to order food. I can have anything I want; that’s the beauty of ordering food. If I’m having my favorite meal, I’ll just skip right to ice cream. In fact, I get in trouble with my assistant a lot—he says I shouldn’t do that. I usually try to ask everyone in the house what they want, but the final decision is mine. If I want Chick-fil-A, you guys are going to have Chick-fil-A. I will order something for you, but it will be from where I want.
7:30 P.M. I live with people who understand boundaries because they’re all my family and we’re pretty close. We’re all young. We have our own things going on. They have their jobs, I have my jobs. I’m one of those people who don’t like to be alone, just left alone. Do you know what I mean? I like to have the option of being around somebody. What’s sad, though, is that I’ve been living in New York for a movie shoot and I haven’t had time to decorate my house. It is literally empty—I have this big, beautiful house and no furniture. My bed is on the floor. I have a couch and a bed, and that’s pretty much it, so we end up sitting on the island in my kitchen or on my bed.
9:00 P.M. My little ritual before bed is taking my makeup off, washing my face, and brushing my teeth. I usually take another shower at night because I don’t like getting into bed with the day on me. That said, there is the occasional night where I go to sleep in my clothes. Recently I’ve been an old lady and gone to bed early. It’s not who I am, but it’s been happening to me. I’ve been trying to find shows to binge-watch, but it’s hard. What I’ve basically done is gone through Netflix and found all the shows my parents used to watch when I was a kid but I wasn’t old enough to see, like Weeds and Shameless. I’ll put one of them on and fall asleep, so when I wake up it’s gone throughout the night and is on, like, Season 4.
I have added HD Captures of the latest K.C. Undercover episode K.C. & Brett: The Final Chapter Part 1. Make sure to check them out over in the gallery along with new photoshoot images from Kode Magazine, Covergirl, and Girls Life Magazine.
Also below is a super awesome Behind The Scenes look at the upcoming music video of Finding Neverland Zendaya recorded for the Broadway Musical Album. Make sure to check that out below, i can’t wait to see the full video!
Hello everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve added over 150 additional high quality images (in total) of Zendaya from the past two days. I’ve added red carpet arrivals, runaway photos, and backstage photos from Zendaya’s participation for ‘Go Red For Women,’ a part of the American Heart Association. Zendaya looked gorgeous in her red dress. I’ve also added candids of Zendaya out & about in New York City yesterday, as well as some pictures from when Zendaya was younger. You can view those all by clicking the thumbnail sets below.
I’ve added high quality images of Zendaya from her Material Girl clothing line campaign for spring 2015. She looks stunning! You can view the images by clicking the thumbnail set below, and watch a behind the scenes video.
Zendaya is on the cover of the February issue of Teen Vogue Magazine! I’ve added some photoshoot pictures to the gallery as well as the magazine cover. You can read some of the interview below, and to read the rest make sure to buy the magazine when it hits stands in February. I love the military-themed photoshoot, Zendaya looks gorgeous.
Even if you have no idea who Zendaya Coleman is—and it seems a pretty safe bet that most of the adult tourist crowd at Sarabeth’s (the bustling Central Park South restaurant that serves as the setting for the 18-year-old Disney star’s Teen Vogue interview) do not—you’d probably suspect, just by looking at her, that she’s someone. In sneakers she stands an imposing five feet ten, and at lunchtime her face is expertly made up; both her pink-painted nails and her jet-black lashes are improbably long. And if her attire—which includes a pair of slim-fitting gray sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt bearing a picture of rapper Tupac Shakur, and orange Nikes, which she kicks off almost as soon as she’s seated—sends a slightly different message, it’s one that serves only to underscore the larger implication: This is a girl who doesn’t need to worry about fitting in. (The gigantic bodyguard who’d waited with her by the host station is a somewhat more obvious tip-off.)
Among those in the know, Zendaya’s willingness to stand out is a much-admired quality. But that hasn’t always been the case: Back when she was 13 and first started trying out for professional acting gigs in Los Angeles, she says, “there was this kind of energy, particularly among the other girls, of, like, ‘Oooh, I’m going to get you.’ A lot of the kids who were auditioning had been doing it since they were, like, 2. They were these purebred Hollywood children, and I was this random chick from Oakland just doing my thing,” she explains. “They’re always onstage, and I was just so not into it. Like, you’re 12. Chill out. It’s not the end of the world. I’d literally sit there before auditions with my headphones on, listening to Michael Jackson.” Needless to say, it didn’t exactly help when she promptly nabbed a starring role in the Disney Channel series Shake It Up. “I think a lot of them hated me,” she admits.
Fortunately Zendaya seems to have had no trouble taking the haters in stride, especially given that she’s been busy pursuing her dreams at full throttle. It all began, Zendaya says, when she was a kid, accompanying her schoolteacher mom to her second job as a house manager at the California Shakespeare Theater. “My passion was always in the arts,” she says. “I was that weird 8-year-old who was into Shakespeare.” On show nights Zendaya sold enough raffle tickets to earn a free trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico—which, she notes, she never actually took. And when the curtain went up, she recalls, “I had a routine. Everyone knew me, so I’d go over to the food stand and they’d give me a chocolate-chip cookie, a Snapple, and a veggie burrito, and then I’d sit in the back and watch all the plays over and over and over again.”
Her favorites included Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but she made her own stage debut in a more humble production: a children’s theater presentation of James and the Giant Peach. “I played the Silkworm, which means I didn’t have any lines—I might have said, ‘James, look!’ or something like that. But I was up there the whole time, reacting to things.” Zendaya was, she reports, an introvert (“When I was younger, my parents had to go to a seminar about shy kids”), and acting gave her a chance to break out of her shell. But it was still difficult to live apart from her mother, who remained in Oakland while Zendaya was shooting the first season of Shake It Up in L.A.—especially at the arrival of, as she puts it, “woman time,” which forced her to dispatch her clueless father to a drugstore in search of supplies.
Now, more than a year after the end of her first series, Zendaya is poised to conquer a larger audience. But she’s not quite following the path forged by fellow former child stars Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez; for one, she’s not ditching Disney at all. Instead she’s working with the network on her new show, K.C. Undercover, for which she serves, crucially, as coproducer. “It was going to be called Super Awesome Katy,” she explains, “but I changed it. I don’t look like a Katy, and I wanted something a little more mature. It wasn’t really right for the demographic that I’m trying to reach now.” Which is&? “Well, the majority of my fan base are young girls, and I don’t want to leave that world forever. But I also want to reach the preteens, the teenagers. A lot of college students watch the Disney Channel in their dorms, actually.”
Although a photographer has been documenting her every smile and twirl for the past few hours in a Manhattan studio, 18-year-old Zendaya isn’t too tired to sneak in a few selfies. Or, rather, she has enlisted her father, a former gym teacher-turned-manager to help. Hopefully, these behind-the-scenes shots will appease the actress-singer-dancer’s 4 million social media followers, a ravenous fan base with whom Zendaya always finds time to communicate — no matter how hectic her schedule is.
Lately, her days are pretty jam-packed. The Northern California native has been making a name for herself ever since 2010, when she landed a role on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up opposite Bella Thorne. Less than five years later, Zendaya (who was born Zendaya Coleman) has already released an advice book for tweens called Between U And Me, as well as a self-titled debut album that mined pop and R&B influences with great success. (Zendaya recently went platinum, a feat in a post-Spotify world.) She was the youngest person to appear on Dancing with the Stars (she was a runner-up), and is currently working on a new Disney sitcom. Yet as fast-paced as her own life is, on a recent visit to New York City, Zendaya admits that she doesn’t think she could survive in the City that Never Sleeps. “I could see myself being here for a month, tops,” laughs Zendaya. “I would spend way too much money. My sleeping pattern would be all messed up. There’s just so much available! Anytime I was hungry, I could go out and eat. At home, things close. You have to go to sleep.”
Home now means Los Angeles, where she lives with her family and Midnight, her giant schnauzer, but for Zendaya it all began in Oakland, a city that is changing like the star herself. “It’s a very inspiring place,” she declares. “It has a bad reputation, but honestly, a lot of creative people come out of there.” As a child, Zendaya immersed herself in Oakland’s artistic communities: She spent three years performing with the youth dance troupe Future Shock Oakland, honing skills that would later be of use in her music career, and she was a regular fixture at the nearby California Shakespeare Theater, where her mother worked as a house manager and trained conservatory students.
While most girls her age are flipping through teen magazines for prom inspiration and tips on college applications, Zendaya is sitting in the front row at fashion weeks and appearing on the covers of those very same teen magazines. As she fast approaches the cusp of adulthood, it’s inevitable that her relationship with Disney and its preteen viewers will change. Unlike the most recent batch of Disney-branded starlets, Zendaya plans on sticking with the company that gave her a start. “Selena, Miley, Demi — they’re all different and they all went different ways. Everyone has their own version of their career that they want to create and things they want to do and accomplish. For me, I obviously want to continue to stay in the Disney world and grow at the same time.” So far, growing within Disney means taking on more responsibility: For the upcoming K.C. Undercover, a show about a high school student who is recruited as a spy by her parents, Zendaya will star as well as co-produce. “Now I’m able to really have a vision,” she says, leaning forward with noticeable excitement. “I can say what I want and be assertive. I can have a really, really strong voice and presence on my own show and be listened to. That’s the coolest part. I have more control; I have more freedom to make [K.C. Undercover] something that I’m proud of.”
Zendaya isn’t the first Disney star to fight for a seat at the table — Raven-Symoné, a woman whom the young actress looks up to, also produced her own Disney Channel series, That’s So Raven. “I look to her comedically,” Zendaya says of her friend and mentor. “I think she is so funny and that, to this day, she had the best Disney show that was on air. When I met her, she was a genuinely kind person, and that’s what you want to see: someone who has grown up as a young star but still has a heart of gold and is very sweet. That’s the most important thing.” When asked about the controversy surrounding Raven-Symoné’s recent interview with Oprah in which the actress claimed to be “American, not African-American,” Zendaya, herself half-black, seems unperturbed. “She’s grown; she can say whatever she wants. Everyone has an opinion. Opinions are like buttholes,” she says. “Everyone has one and everyone thinks everyone else’s stinks. Let people live.”
Surely she wishes people would’ve let her live when she was recently given the chance to pay homage to one of her heroes. The Internet exploded with criticism after Zendaya was cast as the lead in Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, a role she later backed out of due to concerns about the quality of the film’s production. One of the loudest critiques was that Zendaya wasn’t “black enough” to portray the late R&B singer. Rather than hurtful, she found the assessments just strange and ignorant. “It doesn’t make sense,” she says. “Here’s how I put it: The first African-American President of the United States is half-black. So is he not the first black president? Is he just the first half-black president? Do we take that credit away from him? No. Whoever is supposed to play [Aaliyah] — whether they are half-Asian or whatever — it’s not about that. It’s about doing it with respect and integrity.”
Yet the young star doesn’t let any ill will get her down: “It’s just irrelevant. I have so much to be thankful for — why am I going to let some random person in Idaho kill my vibe?” Zendaya has much more to do: a series to lead and produce, a second album for which she is trying to woo Drake (“He has to know I’m obsessed with him,” she laughs), charitable endeavors, and soon possibly a project with fashion. “2015 is about showing my work, showing the things I can do, and continuing to have fun in the process, ” she says. “As much as I do, I actually love it. As long as I’m happy while I’m doing it, I’m going to keep doing it for a long time.”