Zendaya Talks About Being 'Grown,' Supporting Her Family, and Career Shift

The 27-year-old actor said, “I have complicated feelings about kids and fame and being in the public eye, or being a child actor.”

Zendaya recently covered Vogue, looking like the fashion doll that she is. And in the in-depth interview, Zendaya opened up about being a child star, the breadwinner in her household and how she wants to get out of playing high schoolers. The 27-year-old actress is reflecting on her life in many ways. She told Vogue, “I have complicated feelings about kids and fame and being in the public eye, or being a child actor. We’ve seen a lot of cases of it being detrimental.”

Zendaya shared that she hasn’t had a childhood. "I felt like I was thrust into a very adult position: I was becoming the breadwinner of my family very early, and there was a lot of role-reversal happening, and just kind of becoming grown, really," she explained.

Zendaya’s career blossomed with Disney's “Shake It Up.” She landed her breakout role in 2017's “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” She scored a few more roles through the years, but “Euphoria” solidified Zendaya as a force in Hollywood.

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She said, “When I have these moments in my career — like, my first time leading a film that’s actually going to be in a theater — I feel like I shrink, and I can’t enjoy all the things that are happening to me. I’m very tense, and I think that I carry that from being a kid and never really having an opportunity to just try s---."

The “Challengers” actress is trying a new bag in her latest role as Tashi. Zendaya is used to playing high school characters despite never having attended high school. Her new character, Tashi, is in her early 30s. Zendaya hopes this role will usher in more mature roles for her to stretch beyond her comfort zone as an actress. 

“Challengers” hits theaters on April 26. Vogue's May 2024 issue is available on newsstands nationwide on April 23.

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