Zendaya has been very honoured to get to voice the “iconic” Lola Bunny in Space Jam: A New Legacy, but she accepts that she was a bit taken aback by the controversy over the character’s updated look.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly before the film’s premiere, Zendaya said she “didn’t know” any backlash would come out of the change in Lola Bunny’s appearance compared to her version in the originial film. She stated while laughing, “I definitely know we love her, but I didn’t know it was going to be as much of a focus as it was.”
In 1996’s Space Jam, Lola appeared wearing a crop top and shorts throughout the film, but the 2021 version sees her don a basketball uniform more akin to that of her male counterparts.
Zendaya even added of her Lola Bunny’s controversy, “I understand, because she’s a lovable character. She’s very important, so I get it.”
The Marvel actress who is set to voice the iconic Looney Tunes character in the new movie faces controversy over the character’s physical appearance which is less s**ualised than in the 1996 original.
The 24-year-old actress said in her EW interview, “She’s special to a lot of people and their childhoods and they’ve been able to grow up with her, so I get that sense of protection.”
“I was like, listen, just as long as I did what the director and the producers and everybody wanted me to do, I’m just here to offer my services. [laughs] No, but I felt really grateful just to have the opportunity.” Zendaya shared about singing on for this version of Lola Bunny, “When [producer Ryan Coogler] told me about this, I was like, ‘Whoa, this is a big deal.'”
“They had already started that reimagining of what she was, and I guess there’s some spiritual connection between who Lola is in this film and maybe who Zendaya is, and maybe my voice would make sense for that new version of who she is. So I felt very lucky that they wanted to do that with me. And it was a nice small part, so there’s pressure for sure, bit it could be worse – it could be all me. So there wasn’t too much weight on my shoulders,” she continued. “But it was a really special experience, and I just leaned on our incredible director Malcolm [D Lee] to take the lead and tell me what he wanted. And I really enjoyed myself.”
Zendaya recreated Lola Bunny in a Moschino top and shorts set with sky-high white heels
Zendaya along with her stylist Law Roach outshine themselves once again. At the Space Jam: A New Legacy premiere last night, Zendaya showed up on the red carpet recreating the very character she voices in the film, Lola Bunny.
The actress tied her hair in a high ponytail. “I don’t have the ears but a ponytail is close enough lol,” she joked on her IG story) and turned heads in a peak summer red carpet look. Roach styled Zendaya in a multicolored Moschino co-ord set, presenting a long-sleeve top and shorts accented with colourful pockets. White high heels and Bulgari jewellery completed the look, and she added a mask that her mother made representing a sequined basketball.