“I think we made a really good movie, I think Hugh Jackman is the coolest and nicest person that anyone could possibly ask for, and Zac was such an amazing, I guess, team member. Because we actually, literally had to be a team together because we really had to choreograph all the arial work and be a team together and rely on each other so much. So, he was a great partner to have!”
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.”
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By the end of 2013, she’d already starred in a hit Disney Channel series (Shake It Up), placed second on Dancing With the Stars, and released her debut album—not bad for a girl who just turned 18 in September. But Zendaya is someone who’s already onto the next one when it comes to, well, everything. “I knew what I wanted from the beginning,” the multihyphenate says, “but now I really, really know what I want. I have a clearer vision.”
Following the breakout success of her debut single, “Replay,” a crisp electro-R&B cut that garnered comparisons to Cassie and Aaliyah (a foreshadowing), the Oakland, California–born performer wasted no time putting pressure on herself to record a follow-up: “I’m a perfectionist. It may take me a while, but it’s going to be good.”
When she’s not singing, dancing, or acting her way to stardom, the diva-in-training is turning heads with her sophisticated style. In February, Zendaya stole headlines at New York Fashion Week, sitting front row at Rebecca Minkoff and Betsey Johnson. Fashion bloggers weren’t the only ones impressed: the Queen of Pop herself cast Zendaya as the latest face of Material Girl, her collaboration with daughter Lourdes. “I’m just excited that Madonna knows who I am!” Zendaya exclaims.
A young star in a world consumed by social media, she’s regularly bombarded with feedback from fans and detractors alike, as was the case when it was announced that she was to play the role of Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime biopic, back in June. “…all I wanna do is honor her,” she tweeted after the announcement. But perhaps all too predictably, the backlash was fierce, as critics protested the decision to cast a newcomer and questioned her likeness to the late R&B icon. When Aaliyah’s family spoke out against the project (albeit for reasons unrelated to the casting), it didn’t help matters. Two weeks later, Zendaya dropped out.
“I went through a phase when the whole Aaliyah thing happened, and after, I just came to terms with it,” she says. “There are a lot of crazy people, and there’s a lot of ignorance in the world. You just can’t give it the time…there’s so much to be happy about.” For now, she’s busy shooting her new Disney series, called K.C. Undercover, in which she plays a math wiz training to be a spy—a far cry from the singing and dancing shtick on Shake It Up. “We made it almost a point that she’s not good at that kind of stuff,” she explains. And she’s not just the star of the show this time: she’s also a coproducer. While the new role means more responsibility for the talented teenager, she’s ready for the challenge. After all, age ain’t nothing but a number.
Zendaya is in the newest issue of Rolling Out Magazine. You can view the photoshoot pictures below and read the interesting interview as well!
Zendaya couldn’t control her laughter. During an exclusive photo shoot with rolling out at McCadden Space Studio in Los Angeles, she began teasing her stylist, Luxury Law, for borrowing an article of clothing from a person who just happened to be on set. Her stylist made a makeshift turban out of the person’s neck scarf.
Zendaya found herself amused by the random act and joked that her stylist would borrow a stranger’s shoes, car, or dog in order to get the perfect look.
“Hey, you don’t need your dog do you? If not, [Luxury Law] would just borrow him for a second,” Zendaya joked as a woman walked past the studio with her puppy in tow.
It was the one moment of teenage banter at a photo shoot in which Zendaya was strictly about her business.
When the cameras were on, she never lost focus. The actress, singer and dancer posed with the confidence and grace of a seasoned model. Effortlessly, she portrayed an array of emotions with her body and facial expressions — a skill that often takes years for even the most prominent celebrities to perfect. When she’s in her zone, there’s nothing to suggest that she isn’t a 27-year-old trapped in the body of 17-year-old kid.
It’s important to remain levelheaded in such a topsy-turvy business.
The last 10 days must have been a whirlwind for Zendaya. She began last week by traveling across the nation to promote her new Disney film, Zapped, which premieres June 27.
By midweek, it was announced that she would be the new face of Madonna’s fashion line, Material Girl. And the week ended with adulation and controversy after it was revealed that Zendaya got the coveted role in an upcoming biopic based on the life of the late, great Aaliyah.
It’s a dream role for any actress to portray such an iconic figure. During our interview, she took a moment to explain how she was inspired by Aaliyah. “I’m inspired by a lot of Aaliyah’s music and her sound and her look,” Zendaya said. “Her voice was soft and she had a wide range of fans because of her look and sound. I definitely look up to her.”
Twitter critics came up with ludicrous reason as to why she didn’t deserve the part. Cultural blogger and former Vibe Vixen editor Starr Rhett shared her thoughts on the negative Twitter reactions.
“The backlash that Zendaya received was silly but predictable,” Rhett says. “I think Zendaya may have gotten backlash because she’s young and many of Aaliyah’s fans, who are in their mid to late 20s and 30s, may not know who she is [yet]. Think about it; she beat out some stiff competition with whom we are definitely more familiar. So keeping that in mind, I have faith that she will do a good job.” READ THE REST…
Zendaya graces the June/July Issue Cover of GL Magazine. In the Mag Z dishes on her new movie ‘Zapped’ new show ‘K.C. Undercover’, and more make sure to check it out below, and check out images over in the gallery plus more K.C Undercover Episode Stills!
On her number one guy — her father, Kazembe: “He’s taught me to fight for what I believe in. It’s easy to give into things based on peer pressure or because we don’t have the confidence to stick up for ourselves, but it’s important you don’t let anybody tell you what you’re worth.”
On Zapped: “This movie is more about real issues, which is cool. [Zoey’s] mom remarries and she’s gotta move in with boys she doesn’t get along with and adjust to a new environment. Everyone in the world has to go through changes and deal with weird situations. We had to shoot some scenes outside of a school, and there were bees everywhere. They’d be swarming all over the craft service table. [People] freaked out. It was funny. I mean, who’s not scared of bees? But I’ve been around them so much now, I’m cool with them.”
On her new Disney show: “It’s like The Cosby Show meets That’s So Raven meets Kim Possible. Her parents are spies and need her help, so she’s recruited. She has to balance being a regular girl and disappointing her friends ’cause she can’t tell them.”
I have added scans of Zendaya in the March 2014 issue of NKD Magazine, Make sure to check out her interview in the magazine. I have also added some beautiful images of Zendaya from a recent photoshoot photographed by the lovely Amber Asalay. Make sure to check them out over in the gallery!
I’ve added two magazine scans of Zendaya from the March issue of Seventeen Magazine thanks to my friend Jennifer. I’ve also added some high quality images of Zendaya in New York from various fashion week events. You can view those by clicking the thumbnail sets below.
Zendaya is on the cover for the summer issue of “Jones” magazine and she looks absolutely beautiful! We’ve added a couple digital scans from the magazine to our gallery, which you can view below. Hopefully the second cover and more pictures will be released soon.
Jones rolls out our Summer Issue in sleek fashion. This issue presents sizzling fun, wet fashion, fresh beauty, travel and DIY entertaining inside and outside the home (p.56). The issue, themed “Summer, Travel, and Home” celebrates the evolution of home entertaining; and graces the newsstand with a split cover, one featuring singer and actress Zendaya, Hollywood’s new favorite fashion and dancing star, finalist in this years “Dancing With The Stars” and cast member of Disney’s “Shake It Up.”
“I am so happy and honored to be on the cover of Jones Magazine. This magazine is truly amazing” says Zendaya.
Also, as you can tell, the site has a new wordpress theme, and if you head on over to our gallery, a new photo gallery theme. Both themes were made by the talented Jennifer @ Tholaire.com. I hope you guys enjoy the new themes and the fresh new look!
Bella Thorne and Zendaya grace the March 2013 cover of Australia’s Total Girl magazine.
The two Shake It Up starlets chatted with the glossy all about dancing — on SIU and for Zendaya, Dancing With The Stars. Check it:
Zendaya on dance partners: “I think a cool person to be partnered up with would be Roshon Fegan because we would pull off some really cool stuff together.”
Bella on heading to Shake It Up with no dance lessons: “It was so hard and I was just sooo bad, it was quite embarrassing!”
Zendaya on being on Dancing with the Stars: “Of course! I think that would be awesome. Roshon had a really great time and I think I would too!” [Note: The interview was prior to the announcement she would be joining the season 16 cast].
Zendaya graces the cover of Seventeen Magazine’s Prom Issue. Thanks to JJJ. we have a cover of it as well as a short interview. Make sure to check the gallery for the cover and read below on what Zendaya says about Guys asking girls to prom and dating.
The two Shake It Up stars dolled up in their dream prom dresses for the dual covers and dished to the glossy about their dream dates and more. Check it:
Zendaya on asking a guy to prom: “It’s every girl’s dream to be asked to prom in some cute, romantic way. You know how you have the way its supposed to be in your brain? It’s a vision. I want my fairy-tale moment!”
Zendaya on her dating life: “I am not [dating anyone right now]! I just turned 16, and I’m now allowed to date, but I’m not trying to rush into anything. I’m letting things happen the way they naturally would. It would be nice [to have a boyfriend], but I’m not like, ‘Ooh, I need a boyfriend.’”
For more on Bella and Zendaya, head on over to Seventeen.com and pick up a copy, on stands Christmas Day!