But few people are as famous, and ambitious, as the big Marvel movie, like Zendaya, who often chooses to keep private the hard work of growing herself up. Years ago, as a Disney Channel star, it seemed like she was intent on building her own little empire, making every extension of her brand a consumable. Today its goals are narrower, with an emphasis on longevity. At the top of the list, you find out who you are when you aren’t in someone else’s head. “I played this card game recently, we’re not really strangers, or whatever it’s called,” she says. One of the questions was, “What random compliments that strangers give you that make you feel good? “
“For me, when people say their kids have been watching me. They just say, ‘We’re really proud of you girl. We’re proud of you. Keep doing what you’re doing. See you.’ I’m just like “- and here, Zendaya conjures up a real, cheerful squeak -“ Oh, Thank you!
“I feel like everyone in that moment has become my aunt, and I’m just like, ‘Oh my God, I want to make you proud. “You know? But these things really mean a lot to me. I think … I want to control everything. I don’t want to screw up. I don’t want anyone to let down.”
We both fell silent for a second or two, sitting with the note. Even a million supportive aunts have a lot of expectations. Knowing what you want from yourself is one thing. knowledge How You – when your life is an endless jump from one movie set to another – you are quite another thing, especially when you are only 24 years old and jump on the surface of what you can accomplish in Hollywood.
That’s a lot, Finally I answered. I need to breathe out.
“Hi!” She says laughing. “And the This Why do we talk to therapists. this is important.”
But treatment for another day. Tomorrow, Zendaya should be back in action.
Hunter Harris Writer based in New York City.
A version of this story originally appeared in the February 2021 issue of “Zollywood.”
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