With Spiderman: Homecoming under her belt, and the fact she produces her own Disney show, K.C. Undercover, Zendaya sat down with Variety to discuss her move towards the big screen, her flourishing Disney career and representation.
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“I would much rather have one line in a great movie than be the lead of a s—y one,” she tells reporter Ramin Setoodeh in the article in regards to choosing her major movie debut. “I wanted to wait for the right thing.”
That right thing was Spiderman, where she plays the overall badass Michelle, who is more interested in activism and school than boys and makeup.
“It was nice to play a character who wasn’t a damsel in distress but actually very smart, quirky, different and outspoken,” Zendaya explained. At first she wasn’t convinced she’d get the job, citing the fear she has that production leaders will not go with an actor of color for a specific role.
“I think that was the coolest part for me, knowing they embraced the diversity,” recalled Zendaya. Representation is what pushed her to become a Disney producer, as well.
“I think I’ve successfully made a show that not only allows for representation but sees girls in a powerful and strong position,” Zendaya explains about K.C. Undercover.
Zendaya will grace the big screen again this winter in the The Greatest Showman, where she enrolled in a daily aerial bootcamp to take on her role as a high-flying trapeze artist.