The Oakland, California-born actress, dancer, model, and singer Zendaya is of African descent.
She started as a child model and backup dancer, but she shot to fame when she was cast as Rocky Blue opposite Bella Thorne’s CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up. This once-unknown actress is now a household name and a household name in the entertainment industry.
Zendaya Early Life
On September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born to parents Claire Marie Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu Coleman.
Zendaya’s mother, Claire Stoermer, taught at Fruitvale Elementary School. Claire was also the house manager at California Shakespeare Theater, where Zendaya performed in productions like “Richard III,” in which she played “Lady Anne,” and “Twelfth Night.” Zendaya enrolled at Oak Park High School later on.
While studying at Oakland School of the Arts, Coleman was featured in several theatre productions, including the lead role of Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse and the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto’s TheaterWorks.
Zendaya’s first job after graduating from high school was as a fashion model for department stores. An early toys commercial starred her. In addition, she was Selena Gomez’s backup dancer in a Sears advertisement.
A major break occurred when she was cast as a lead in the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up. From 2010 through 2013, Zendaya recorded her first songs and created her first music videos for the show. The Disney Channel sitcom “Good Luck, Charlie” included her in an episode.
During her season of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2013, Zendaya and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, came in second. Both her first solo song, “Replay,” and her self-titled first album were released in the same year, peaking at number 51 on the US Billboard 200.
She starred as the lead in a second Disney Channel series, K.C. Undercover, in 2015.
Performing the role of Michelle, Zendaya made her debut in the film industry in the 2016 release of Spider-Man: Homecoming. With $117 million in its debut weekend, the film easily topped the box office charts. At roughly the same time, she was chosen to play Anne Wheeler in 2017’s The Greatest Showman.
Zendaya was named by the fashion website Net-a-Porter as one of the year’s best-dressed women. In September of that year, Warner Bros. released Smallfoot, an animated film in which Zendaya provided her voice for the yeti character Meechee.
Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve, will star Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet, with Zendaya playing the part of Chani. She signed on as a Lancôme spokesmodel the following month.
In June 2019, Zendaya took on the lead role of the title character in the HBO drama series Euphoria, which was adapted from the Israeli series of the same name. She plays Rue, a lying, drug-addicted 17-year-old girl and the narrator of the series. In 2020, Zendaya received a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this character.
Starring in Spider-Man: No Way Home and providing the voice of Lola Bunny in Space Jam: A New Legacy, Zendaya made headlines that year.
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Zendaya Personal Life
Zendaya is notoriously reclusive and rarely discusses her personal life. She has been romantically linked to several of her co-stars, including Jacob Elordi, although she has never publicly acknowledged any of them.
The rumor mill has Zendaya dating her Spider-Man co-star Tom Holland as of July 202121, after Holland released photos of the two of them together on Instagram. Nothing has been confirmed, though, just like in her previous relationship.
Zendaya Net Worth 2022
One report claims that Zendaya charged $2 million for her role in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” despite the fact that her 2022 projected net worth is only $20 million and her movie fees are less than $1 million.
Favorite Quotes From Zendaya
“I’m very proud of my skin and my face, and I have no problem not wearing makeup. I don’t wear makeup because I feel like I need to cover myself up or because I don’t feel confident. I wear makeup because it’s fun; it’s like painting on my face.” – Zendaya
“That’s the person I plan on being for a very long time: someone who stands up, someone who is an advocate for people, [even if it’s for] something that some people think is only hair.” – Zendaya