Quick Facts about Zendaya
Full Name: Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
Other Popular Names: Daya, Z
Birthday: 1 September,1996 (24 years old)
Place of Birth: Oakland, California, United States
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Height: 5′ 10″ (178 cm)
Popular as: Actor
Who is Zendaya?
Zendaya is an American actress and singer. Born in 1996, Zendaya started her career as a child model for Macy’s, Mervyns and Old Navy. She took to prominence from a background dancer to her famous titular role of Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel show Shake It Up, in 2010. Other popular personalities Bella Thorne, Kenton Duty and Roshon Fegan were her co-stars in the show. Since then, Zendaya has grown from a Disney star to a blockbuster darling.
Zendaya and Tom Holland starrer Marvel’s Spiderman: Homecoming was Zendaya’s film breakthrough in 2017. In the same year, she has played ‘Anne Wheeler’ in The Greatest Showman alongside Hugh Jackman and Zac Effron. One of her most celebrated projects is HBO’s Euphoria, for which she won an Emmy Award.
Besides acting, the multi-talented Zendaya is also known for her dancing and singing appearing on reality shows like Dancing with the Stars. She has also authored a book and launched her own clothing line ‘Daya by Zendaya.’
Early Life & Childhood
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born on 1st September 1996 in Oakland but her family belongs from Arkansas. Her father, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman is an African- American while her mother Claire Stoermer is of German, English and Scottish ancestry. Zendaya’s parents are separated, but remain on cordial terms with each other. Zendaya is incredibly close to the both of them and often credits them for keeping her “grounded” and acknowledges their role in helping build her career.
Zendaya’s curiously beautiful name has a beautiful meaning behind it. It means “to give thanks” in the language of the Shona tribe of Zimbave to which her parents made their own little twist and added a “Zen” to her name.
Zendaya has five half-siblings with whom she holds a close relationship. Her mother owns her own jewelry line called ‘Kizzmet’, which the actress often adorns.
Her father was a stage manager, so she spent much of her childhood hanging around the California Shakespeare Theater. She also trained in its youth program and appeared in some of its productions.
She has studied at the Oakland School for the Arts, where she landed a number of roles in local theatrical productions. She also honed her craft at the American Conservatory Theater and the Cal Shakes Conservatory. Given her interest in dance, she was a member of the Future Shock Oakland dance group for several years and studied hula dancing at the Academy of Hawaiian Arts.
Zendaya was set to become a star from a very young age. As a child, she began modelling for big brands. She started off as a back-up dancer and also appeared as one of the back-up dancers in the Sears Arrive music video, featuring Selena Gomez.
Before this, Baby Zendaya used to audition for her school plays and once played a ‘silk worm’ in her school’s production of “James and the Giant Peach.”
She became a Kidz Bop Kid in 2009 on the “Kidz Bop 15” album alongside Ross Lynch. After winning her first role in “Shake It Up”, Zendaya bagged other roles in Disney’s original movies “Frenemies” (2012) and “Zapped” (2014) which kickstarted her acting quests.
At just 16, she signed a deal with Hollywood records who have previously signed Selena and the Jonas Brothers. She released her debut self titled album which peaked at 51 on Billboard 200 and featured her hit single “Replay.”
In 2013, Zendaya (16) competed in the dance competition ,Dancing With The Stars where she was paired with professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy. She won the second place in the competition.
At 19 years old, Zendaya became the face of Covergirl magazine. Focusing more on her music career she dropped a single, “Something New” with Chris Brown, “X” with Prince Royce and appeared in Beyonce‘s “Lemonade”, Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor”, and Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood”.
Zendaya’s Movies & Shows
It is often joked that Zendaya has been playing a teenager for over a decade now. From Disney to HBO, Zendaya is known to play youth-based characters with perfection. Zendaya’s career may not have been very long but she’s just getting started.
Zendaya’s first recognizable performance can be seen in her role in Disney’s Shake It Up at the young age of 14. The show lead to Zendaya and Bella becoming teen Idols with the songs they performed on the show, becoming hit downloads. While starring in “Shake It Up”, Zendaya also appeared in other Disney shows and movies such as “Frenemies”, “Zapped”, “Good Luck Charlie”, and “A.N.T Farm.”
Zendaya then starred in the Disney comedy series K.C Undercover for three seasons before she made her big screen appearance with Spiderman: Homecoming and subsequently in the Greatest Showman which had a star-studded cast of Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. She stunned everyone with her performance as a trapeze artist, in the movie.
She added voice acting to one of her many talents when she voiced characters in animated films like “Duck Duck Goose” and “Smallfoot.”
With Euphoria in 2019, Zendaya switched to a more serious role of ‘Rue’ portraying a teen suffering from drug addiction, anxiety and depression. She has also voiced one of the titular tracks of the show, “All for us” with Labrynth. In the same year, she appeared in Netflix’s “The OA.”
She has some big projects lined up with a sci-fi movie “Dune” hitting screens next year in which Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet are set to play the titular roles. “Euphoria” has been renewed for another season. Another production, “A White Lie” with Zendaya in the lead, is still in works. She will be starring in “Finest Kind” with Ansel Elgort and Jake Gyllenhaal. She will also reprise her role as M.J in the upcoming “Spider-man” sequel.
Awards and Achievements
With “Euphoria”, Zendaya is the youngest ever recipient of the an Emmy award in the Best Actress Drama series. She has also bagged the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Movie star in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and People’s Choice Favorite Drama TV Star for “Euphoria.” She has won the Teen Choice Award for “The Greatest Showman.”
Zendaya’s Personal Life & Family
Zendaya doesnot have a long list of romantic relationships. You would hardly hear about Zendaya’s boyfriends as the actress keeps her romantic rendezvous lowkey.
Zendaya and Trevor Jackson
Zendaya had co-starred in Trevor’s music video “Like We Grown” in 2013 where she played his love interest. Both, Zendaya and Trevor Jackson insisted that their relationship is purely platonic and that they hold a close friendship.
Despite denying the dating rumors head-on, Zendaya later told Vogue magazine that she had secretly dated someone for four years without naming Trevor. It is speculated that Trevor Jackson is the unnamed Zendaya’s boyfriend.
Zendaya and Tom Holland
Just when Spider-man was set to release it was reported that Zendaya and Tom Holland began dating in the Summer of 2017 but both denied any romantic relationship with each other despite fans trying every which way to ship the two.
The rumors picked up when the mother of Zendaya’s close friend, Skai Jackson, fuelled questions about the pair’s relationship commenting “Yes. It’s true. They been on the low for a while.” Tom, soon shut-down rumors when he posted on Instagram calling Zendaya a “mate.” Zendaya also denied the relationship in an interview with Variety calling him “one of my best friends.”
Zendaya and Jacob Elordi
The rumors based on Zendaya and Jacob Elordi started floating when the two were seen vacationing in Greece in August 2019. Jacob had co-starred Zendaya in “Euphoria.” Both maintained that they were just friends until they were photographed kissing in NYC in February 2020.
Only a few months later Jacob Elordi and Kia Gerber were seen hanging out together which suggested that Zendaya and Jacob had split. They appear to be on good terms as Jacob congratulated Zendaya on her Emmy win.
Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet
Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet may not be a thing but fans, quite understandably, wished they were. The rumors that the two could be a thing, sprung up when the cast for their upcoming movie “Dune” was released.
The two hold a very good friendship while Timothee is reportedly dating actress Eiza Gonzalez and Zendaya appears to be single for the time being. The Dune actor, did however, pen a beautiful tweet for Zendaya which again sent the fans gushing over the two. Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet dating is so dreamy, we cannot even imagine how that would look like.
Zendaya Net worth
Zendaya’s net worth stands close to $15 million and she’s only 24. With all the amazing projects lined up, she is set to take over the industry by 30.
She is a successful actress, singer, dancer, and entrepreneur. She is currently the face of luxury brand Valentino. She has designed collections for Tommy Hilfiger and has been the face of makeup brand Lancome Idole. She has also been a part of Bulgari’s jewelry campaign.
- She is the youngest ever recipient of an Emmy award in the Best Actress Drama series.
- She has a Miniature Schnauzer breed dog named Noon. Her previous dog’s name was Midnight.
- One of her celebrity crushes is Channing Tatum.
- Zendaya can ‘bite’ ice-cream with her front teeth; a bizarre but useful talent.
- She had to repeat kindergarten because she was a shy kid.
- She loves the “Harry Potter” series and watches them “once a day.”
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