Thursday, November 10, 2016


20-year-old OAKLAND, CA-native Actress/Singer ZENDAYA COLEMAN stars in the forthcoming film SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, and; she and Co-Star TOM HOLLAND cover the NEXT GEN 2016 Issue of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

There's a long history of Disney child stars going off the tracks. How did you stay normal? 
Everybody's normal. The only difference is they're living out what would happen to a normal teenager in front of everybody, which is hard because you have people judging you before you even know who you are yet.
What did you think of Spiderman as a kid? 
I'm not going to lie and tell you I was this comic book geek or anything because I wasn't. But when I got older, Spiderman became my favorite . When the Tobey Maguire [Spiderman movies] came out, I was still too young to really enjoy it. But when the [Andrew Garfield] revamp came out, I was like 16, and I went on my first date, and it was [2012's The Amazing] Spider-Man, and I was obsessed with it. Spiderman is always the coolest because he didn't come from money. He wasn't born with his superpower.
What did you make of the fan controversy over you perhaps playing an African-American Mary Jane? 
People are going to react over anything. But nothing [about who she is playing] is fact. It's like, you guys are just making sh*t up at this point and then reacting to it. Whenever we were on set, one of us gets some random character name [on the call sheet]. [Bloggers were] like, "Oh they must be so and so." And we just crack up about it, because it's like, "Whatever you want to think. You'll find out." It's funny to watch the guessing game. But of course there's going to be outrage over that because for some reason some people just aren't ready.
What are some movies over the last couple years that you really liked? 
I was really obsessed with Interstellar. I made everybody go with me. I took like my parents. And one of my all-time favorite movies is Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station. That's my home. Those are my BART stations. That's my Whole Foods they were at. My mom worked at Fruitvale Elementary School. My school got shut down for a few days because there were riots, and people were breaking windows because they were outraged that something would happen like that in our community.
What's the higher priority at this point in your career, acting or singing?
I don't think I have a higher priority. It just depends on what I'm working on at the time. Like right now I'm doing my acting, but also I just had a studio session out here in New York, and then I also had a meeting all yesterday for my clothing line. It's just like fitting in things where I can.
What has surprised you most about working in Hollywood?
It's very controlling and weird and manipulative. People want to take from you. People lie. To people in Hollywood, [lying] is like drinking coffee, it's crazy.


A lot of fanboys are guessing Zendaya is the new Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s perennial love interest (she’d be the first actress of color in the part). But Zendaya isn’t confirming or denying. “It’s just funny to watch the guessing game,” is all she’ll say, chuckling.

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