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For someone who’s been on TV since she was 14, the almost-no-longer-a-teen star shows no diva blueprint. It’s why, in the wake of Miley Cyrus, the new Disney breakout star has become such a huge role model for her massive tween fan base. Instead, she’s pristinely good—almost immaculately so. It shows in the bookshelf full of fan mail that she refuses to throw out, and the fact that the only thing resembling dirty laundry in her bedroom is an empty box of takeout lying on the floor. When not calling out Giuliana Rancic about culturally insensitive comments, she’s schooling kids on cyberbullying and donating to various charities—something her vast audience of followers on social media (6 million on Twitter, 12 million on Instagram) sees on a regular basis.
It’s something to be aware of and to be cautious of. And that’s because they started really, really young. But when you realize that things are just falling apart, you’re like, “This is not what I signed up for, this is not what I thought it was. She’s just putting them on her feet and calling them hers.” We’ve seen that happen before with like, “Girl, those look nothing like anything you would ever put on your feet and you know you hate them.” I want to make something that I love, that I’m going to wear out, that I’m going to work on the red carpet, that I’m going to be proud of, that I’m going to dedicate 120 percent into. And in school there’s this thing where everybody had families, like daughter, sister, brother, aunties, uncles, cousins, whatever. Then we were like, “OK, we’re grown now, now we’re sisters, alright.” But she had always been nice to me when I was little. Another girl who comes to mind, because I think you guys are pretty similar, is Amandla Stenberg. “I hate having those posters up there, it’s so awkward,” Zendaya says, like any kid annoyed with her parents for draping their home in souvenir photos and trophies. And furniture: On the other side of the room sits a director’s chair that has “@zendaya’s_dad” written on it. Today, there’s none of the head-turning red-carpet fashion she’s become famous for, only a worn-out gray Voltron T-shirt and pink checkered fleece pajama pants patterned with black terriers. Is there a territory that you haven’t explored yet that you’re dying to? It was interesting to learn and see the differences, but I also realized how easy it was for me to adapt to both. I really liked it and had an attraction to it and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I’m proud of both and I can fit into any kind of scenario or situation. How did your parents feel about moving with you for your acting career? It wasn’t like I was that kid that was like, “I want to be an astronaut.” I wanted to do this. What are your thoughts on some of the Disney graduates, like Miley Cyrus?
It’s easy to be skeptical about how much of Zendaya is actually real, but just a few minutes into our conversation it’s clear that she has spent a lot of time thinking about these issues. Being a young African-American woman, it’s important to know where you come from. By the way, how did you end up in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video? She literally texted through someone and was like, “Hey, I think you’re dope, I want you to perform in my video.” I was like, “Thanks, that’s dope.” Boom, that was it. And here we were, and she was just really nice to me.