All eyes on Zendaya, the sexy diva of Malcom & Marie, one of the latest films released on Netflix which is enjoying great success. Magnetic eyes, long dark hair and sensuality to spare, Zendaya, whose full name is Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, is the protagonist of Sam Levinson’s love film with John David Washington, son of the more famous Denzel.

But who is he really? From childhood to success, to private life and the relationship with social media, here is everything you need to know about the young actress (and singer, with a passion for dance).

Since 2019, she has starred in the series Euphoria, broadcast on HBO and for which she won the award for best actress in a dramatic television series at the 2020 Emmy Awards, becoming the youngest winner in history for this price.


Born in 1996, Zendaya is originally from Oakland, California, and from a very young age she showed artistic ambitions, so much so that she worked in theatrical productions, a prelude to the fame achieved with the collaboration with Disney Channel and with the films Spider-Man: Homecoming and Euphoria. Perfect mix of cultures, also evident in her cosmopolitan beauty, her father is African American, her mother has German, Scottish and Irish origins his father is African American, his mum is of German, Scottish and Irish descent.

“ I grew up in Oakland – she said about her childhood in the past – not the easiest community to live in. From a certain point of view it is a wonderful area, rich in culture, history, activism: many important things have happened there in music and in the struggle for civil rights. However, for the same reason, it is a difficult place, in addition to creativity there is a lot of violence. But that’s where the best people come from ”. Parents are simple people: « They are both teachers, they have greatly influenced my growth. If I hadn’t been an actress I would have followed their path ».

The debut as a model and singer

The debuts in showbiz take place in music: to his credit he has an album released in 2013, which is called after her and has achieved a good success. In the meantime she started working as a model. 

All movies and TV series 

The acting comes with A Full Rhythm, a television series in which he plays Rocky Blue. Then two films for TV: Enemies for the skin (2012) and At full speed – In Japan (2012). In 2013 she is one of the contestants of the TV show Dancing with the star where she ranks second. Also known is his collaboration with Disney Channel, for which he worked in the series ‘ KC Secret Agent ‘, which aired from 2015 to 2018 where the protagonist was Katrina Charlotte Cooper. Zendaya later becomes Rue Bennett in Euphoria, a television series created and written by Sam Levinson for HBO, which earned her the Emmy Award.

Cinema has come for her in the last three years. In 2017, in Spider-Man: Homecoming, she is Michelle “MJ” Jones, Peter Parker’s schoolmate and, in the same year, she stars in The Greatest Showman, a musical film with among others Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. Two years later he will return to MJ in Spider-Man: far from Home. The worldwide success then comes with Malcolm & Marie, shot completely in black and white, for Netflix.

Beginnings and revelation by Disney

Zendaya made her first appearance on September, 2009 thanks to an iCarly toy commercial, in which she stars with Stefanie Scott.

Zendaya began her career as a model for Macy’s, Mervyns and Old Navy. She made her debut as an actress playing the young Ti Moune in the musical Once on This Island (in) at the Berkeley Playhouse, then in another musical Caroline Or Change at Theaterworks in Palo Alto in California.

In 2009, she puts her talent dancer forward and appears in the clip I’m Gonna Arrive by Sears Commercial with Selena Gomez and Leo Howard as well as the video of Kidz Bop for a new version of the song Hot n Cold in Katy Perry.

In 2010, Zendaya landed the lead role of Rocky Blue (Raquel), alongside Bella Thorne (aka CeCe Jones), in Shake It Up, a Disney Channel series. Zendaya Coleman then becomes one of the richest Disney Stars, with a salary of $ 60,000 per episode.

In March, she was selected to participate in the show Dancing with the Stars in the United States (the French equivalent of Dancing with the stars). Zendaya dances alongside Valentin Chmerkovskiy (in), a professional dancer choreographer. She made it to the final, where she came in second against Jacoby Jones and Kellie Pickler. On September 17, 2013, she released her first album titled Zendaya.

The following year, she played the role of Zoey Stevens in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Zapped. The TV movie aired on June 27, 2014 in the United States and in September 2014 in France.


Young acting star, she is very popular on social media and in particular on Instagram, where she has over 86 million followers : ” I care a lot about my Instagram, so no one else has access but me “, she recently said, debunking the myth of a third management. ” I was more active when I was younger but now things have changed: sometimes I feel it makes me anxious, and I start to think that I am too much on the phone too much. My fans know me and are very understanding: they understand that I am a human being. and they want me to have a happy life beyond social media . “

Personal Life

Little is known about his private. Zendaya has been engaged for several years to a mystery man who she said goodbye to in 2016 after four years of relationship. Then the name of Tom Holland, known on the set of Spider Man, was linked to her, but the two have denied any relationship by talking about a simple friendship. The relationship with his colleague Jacob Elordi was also never confirmed : the two more times had been pinched together. Of herself and her private life, the actress says: ” I’m happy to have a sweet temper. Plus I don’t like going out at night, and this keeps me out of trouble .”

Net worth and salary

In 2020, Zendaya’s net worth is estimated to be around US $ 5 million. Her main source of income is her career as an actress and singer. She has supported several brands. She has worked as a model for Macy’s, Mervyns and Old Navy. She has appeared in numerous commercials for iCarly toys. She has supported X-Out, Madonna’s Material Girl clothing line, CoverGirl, Timmy Hilfiger, and Chi Hair Care. She also has her own clothing lines. She became a spokesperson for Lancôme. She also earns her income from her singing career and her business in the fashion industry. Working in the entertainment industry is his main source of income.

Controversy dreadlocks 

After the 87 th Academy Awards February 22, 2015, Zendaya sensation in a dress Vivienne Westwood white and wearing long dreadlocks gathered on the sides. A rasta style that has not gone unnoticed, and arouses criticism from presenter Giuliana Rancic who declares on the people channel E! News that her younger daughter’s hairstyle was simply unacceptable: “It smelled like patchouli… Or weed. “

Zendaya reacted quickly by posting a long message on her Instagram account:

“There is a fine line between what is funny and what is disrespectful. Someone talked about the way I was styled at the Oscars and it scared me. Not because we detailed my look, but because I was struck by these insults which amount to ignorance and total disrespect. Usually, I don’t feel the need to respond to negative comments, but here I can’t let it go. My dad, my brother, my childhood friends, my cousins ​​all wear dreads. You know what Ava DuVernay (Oscar-nominated director Selma ), Ledisi ( 9-time Oscar-nominated actress and songwriter), Terry McMillan (writer), Vincent Brown have in common. (in) (Professor at Harvard University), Heather Andrea Williams (en) (historian who teaches at Harvard)? They have dreads. And none of them smell like marijuana. There are enough clichés like that about African American hair. No need for ignorant people to add to it by judging others just based on the way their hair is curled (…) For me, dreads are a symbol of strength and beauty (…) Some should think before they do. open their mouths and judge. “

Future projects

What about future projects? One is Dune directed by Denis Villeneuve, a film adaptation of the cult novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. The film is expected to be released starting October 1, 2021.

Some lesser known facts about Zendaya

●Her first screen appearance was in Kidz Bop’s music video titled “Hot n Cold”.

●She has also appeared in the iCarly toy commercial.

●Additionally, you can see her as an auxiliary dancer in the Sears TV commercial, starring Selena Gomez.

●According to Wikipedia, prior to making her film debut, Zendaya voiced her voice for the role of Fern at the “Pixie Hollow Games” in 2011. It was a 30-minute television special.

●Later, in 2013, she performed the movie Super Buddies again as Lollipop.

●Additionally, on August 6, 2013, Coleman released his first book titled “Between You and Me: How to Rock Your Teenage Years with Style and Confidence”.

●The singer had a dog called “Midnight” (Giant Schnauzer breed) who died at the end of 2015. She later had a dog named “Midi”.

Awards and distinctions

She was nominated and won several awards for her contribution to the industry. In 2014, she won the Radio Disney Music – Best Style Award and also won the Teen Choice – Candie’s Style Icon Award in the same year. In 2016, she won the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice – Favorite Female TV Star – Kids’ Show Award for KC Undercover. She won Teen Choice – Choice Style: Female Award in 2016. In 2017, she won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice – Favorite Female TV Star Award for KC Shelter. In 2018, she won Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice – Favorite Film Actress for Spider-Man Homecoming and The Greatest Showman.


●2010-2013: Shake It Up – Dancing is everything ( Shake it Up , TV series, 78 episodes)

●2011: My Sister Charlie ( Good Luck Charlie , TV series, episode 2×13)

●2011: PrankStars (TV series, episode 1×03)

●2011: Disney Fairies – The Great Fairy Games ( Pixie Hollow Games , Voice of Fern )

●2012: Best FReinde ( Frenemies , TV movie)

●2012: ANT: Attention nature talents ( ANT Farm , TV series, episode 2×01)

●2013: Dancing with the Stars (TV show, season 16)

●2014: Remote controlled ( Zapped , TV movie)

●2015: Black-ish (TV series, episode 2×04)

●2015-2018: KC Undercover (TV series, 81 episodes)

●2017: Spider-Man: Homecoming

●2017: Greatest Showman (The Greatest Showman)

●2018: Goose in Luck ( Duck Duck Goose , voice of Lissy )

●2018: Smallfoot – An Icy Adventure ( Smallfoot , voice of Meechee )

●2019: The OA (TV series, 3 episodes)

●2019: Spider-Man: Far From Home

●since 2019: Euphoria (TV series)

●2021: Malcolm & Marie

●2021: Space Jam: A New Legacy (voice of Lola Bunny )

●2021: Dune


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