Zendaya Maree Stormer or mononymously Zendaya is an American actress, singer, dancer, and producer. A multi-talented Zendaya is best- known for playing Rockey Blue on the Disney Channel Series Shake It Up’, Casey Cooper on the same channel’s ‘K.C. Undercover ‘, Rue Bennett on HBO’s Euphoria, and M.J. in the Spiderman Movies- Spider-Man Home Coming, Spider-Man Far From Home and Spiderman No Way Home.
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Zendaya Maree Stormer was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, United States. Her mother Claire Stormer belongs to Scottish – German ancestry whereas her father Kazembi Ajimo Coleman hails from African- American ancestry. They were both teachers. Zendaya always feels proud because she is a biracial woman. Although she is the only child of her parents, she has five half-siblings from her father’s previous marriage.
Her brothers Austin and Julien and sisters Katianna and Annabella are senior to her in respect of their age. Some of them have children. Most importantly, her nieces and nephews are also senior to her in respect of their age.
When Zendaya was about 12 years old, her parents got officially married and after 6 years they got separated.
Zendaya’s s mother worked a Summer Job as a manager at the California Shakespeare Theatre in Orinda California. By that time, Zendaya was barely 6 years old and she helped seat patrons and sell fundraising tickets at the same theatre.
When Zendaya was 8 years old, she joined the Hip Hop dance troupe Future Shock Oakland ‘ and at the same time began to learn the Hula at the Academy of Hawaiian (for 2 years).
After that, Zendaya was admitted to the Oakland School for Arts where she got the opportunity to get featured at local playhouses such as the Berkeley Playhouse and Theatreworks. When she reached the 7th grade, she wanted to pursue her career as a performer, and hence, she along with her father moved to Los Angeles whereas her mother remained in Oakland to continue her work as a teacher.
This biracial beauty always busy with budding activities is now about 26 years old (as of 2022). Her appearance is endearing. Her approximate height is 5ft. 10inches and she weighs approximately 59kgs.
Zendaya Movies and Tv shows:
Zendaya started her career by getting featured in ads such as Macy’s old Navy and icarly toys. After that, she appeared in a Kidz Bap Video for their cover of Katy Perry’s “Hot n Cold”. However, she only synced her lips without lending her original voice to the video. Next, Zendaya appeared in a Sears clothing commercial along with Selena Gomez, a former Disney Star.
Later in 2009, Zendaya auditioned for the role of Cece jones, the lead character of ‘shake it up,
Disney channel’s new show. This new show was about a group of teenage dancers living in Chicago. When the final result of the audition was announced, she lost the lead role to Bella Throne but got the of Rockey Blue, the lead character Cece Jone’s best friend.
The show premiered on November 7, 2010, and was watched by more than 6.2 million viewers making it the Disney channel’s second-highest-rated premier in its long 27 years old history.
To promote ‘ Shake It Up ‘ Zendaya released solo albums entitled ‘ Swag it Out’ & ‘ Watch Me’ along with her co-star Bella Throne. Unlike her former MV ‘ Hot & Cold ‘ where Zendaya only synched her lips, in these MVs she sang these songs. Zendaya’s ‘ Watch Me’ ranked 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
On September 2011, the second season of ‘ Shake It Up ‘ premiered. That year Zendaya was also seen hosting a dance reality show ‘ Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance off 2011 on the same channel.
In 2012 Zendaya showed up in Disney channel Movie ‘ Frenemies ‘ alongside her ‘ Shake It Up ‘ Co-star Bella Throne. The same year Disney channel decided to end ‘ Shake It Up ‘ after premiering its 3rd season.
Thereafter, she was seen appearing on season 16 of Dancing with the stars. Her appearance on stage at the age of 16 made her the youngest contestant in the Show’s history. Zendaya partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy and managed to finish as the runners while Kelley Pickler and Derek Hough were the winners of the Show.
In September 2013 Zendaya’s self-titled debut album was released preceded by the single ‘ Replay ‘ ( released on July 16, 2013)
That same year Zendaya also appeared on the Disney channel Movie ‘ Zapped ‘ and after that, she released her debut book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years With Style and Confidence. The objective of the book was to help girls survive during the tougher parts of the tween years.
The following year she appeared as a guest judge in an episode of Project Runway: Under the Gunn. In the episode all the contestants were designers and they were stipulated with the task to create an outfit for Zendaya for wearing in an upcoming concert performance.
In 2014 Zendaya was offered the lead role of K.C. Cooper in the Disney channel’s new show ‘ K.C.Undercover. The show first premiered in January 2015. K.C. Undercover ran for three seasons and earned favorable reviews. Meanwhile, Zendaya started to grab mass attention. With Zendaya’s popularity on the rise, she was invited to attend the 2015 Academy Awards.
In 2016 Zendaya, for the very first time, appeared on the giant silver screen in a low-budget, indie film. The movie was about a teenage boy who was facing challenges to cope with his adolescent body. That same Zendaya got her much-awaited role of MJ in the new Marvel reboot of Spiderman. She was cast alongside Tom Holland as Spidey in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In July 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming was released and the film, in its first weekend grossed more than $117 million, ranking No.1 at the box office. Although Zendaya’s role was brief, she was the ‘ scene-stealer’ of the movie ( John Defore)
In the Summer of 2017, Zendaya showed up in Bruno Mars’s music video for his song Versace on the floor.
In December 2017 Zendaya was cast alongside Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman in the musical movie ‘ The Greatest Showman, a film inspired by P.T.Barnum’s creation of Barnum’s American Museum. Zendaya played the role of Anne Wheeler, an acrobat and trapeze artist. She was also the love interest of Zac Efron in the movie.
In September 2018 the animated film ‘ Smallfoot ‘ was released by Warner bros. and Zendaya lent her voice to the animated character Yeti Meechee. She also sang two songs for the soundtracks of the movie.
After the announcement of the closing episode of K.C.Undercover in 2018, Zendaya decided to seek more aspiring projects and eventually landed a role in H.B.O’s new teen drama called’ Euphoria’ (2018). The first season of Euphoria which premiered in June 2019 was acclaimed positively by the critics and thereby became a cultural phenomenon for its graphic storylines, acting, and fashion.
In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic compelled the production of Euphoria to be shut down. Meanwhile, Zendaya and Euphoria director Sam Levinson decided to make a movie entitled ‘ Malcolm & Marie ‘ which was released in February 2021. Although the movie received mixed reviews, Zendaya’s performance was critically acclaimed. Later in 2021, Zendaya voiced Lola Bunny in the space Jam reboot starring LeBron James. The same year Zendaya got featured in two highly anticipated films ” Spider-Man: No Way Home and Dune. Dune, released in the fall of 2021, is based on the 1965 Frank Herbert cult Classic novel of the same name.
Dune: Part Two is set to be released on October 2023.
Zendaya’s second highly anticipated film Spider-Man: No Way Home proved to be the highest-grossing film of 2021.
The same year she was cast as Ronettes front woman Ronnie Spectator in a biopic adapted from Spectator’s Memoir Be My Baby.
Zendaya Euphoria ( Is Zendaya leaving Euphoria? ):
There is a buzz around that she and Alexa are leaving Euphoria but the fact is that these are merely rumors. The news of Zendaya’s leaving Euphoria is simply an online clickbait trap.
Who is Zendaya dating?
Zendaya has maintained secrecy about her personal life ever since she entered the spotlight. Some of Zendaya’s rumored boyfriends have included actors like Trevor Jackson, Jacob Elordi, and NFL player Odell Beckham Jr.
By the end of summer 2021, Zendaya and Tom Holland were spotted together and since then cynics started to believe that they were a couple.
Zendaya Net worth ( 2022 ):
She has a net worth that is approximately estimated at around 20 million dollar USD.