Zendaya Profile

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Zendaya Maree Stoerm Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman born September 1, 1996) is an American actress and singer. She has received various accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award.

Zendaya began her career as a child model and backup dancer. She had her breakthrough role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up (2010–2013), and in 2013, she was a contestant on the 16th season of the dance competition series Dancing with the Stars. She produced and starred as the titular spy, K.C. Cooper, in the sitcom K.C. Undercover (2015–2018). Zendaya’s role as a struggling, drug addict teenager in the HBO drama series Euphoria (2019–present) made her the youngest recipient of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her film roles include the musical drama The Greatest Showman (2017), the superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and its sequels, the romantic drama Malcolm & Marie (2021), and the science fiction epic Dune (2021)

In addition to her acting career, Zendaya has ventured into music. In 2011, she released the singles “Swag It Out” and “Watch Me“, the latter a collaboration with Bella Thorne. She signed with Hollywood Records in 2012 and subsequently released her debut single, “Replay“, which reached the top 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. She released her eponymous debut studio album in 2013 to moderate success and critical acclaim. Her biggest commercial success as a musician came with her Zac Efron collaboration, “Rewrite the Stars“, from The Greatest Showman soundtrack in 2018. The single reached within the top 20 of several record charts and has received multi-platinum sales certifications globally.

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, to teachers Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu Coleman. Her father is African-American, with roots in Arkansas; her mother has German and Scottish ancestry. Zendaya, whose name derives from the Shona name Tendai (meaning “to give thanks”), has five older siblings. She attended Fruitvale Elementary School, where her mother taught for two decades. At age six, she and two friends from the school performed a play there for Black History Month. She grew as a performer in part at the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California, where her mother worked a summer job as the house manager. She helped her seat patrons, sold fundraising tickets, and was inspired by the theatrical performances to pursue acting. At eight, Zendaya joined a hip-hop dance troupe called Future Shock Oakland and was a member for three years. She also spent two years dancing hula with the Academy of Hawaiian Arts

Zendaya attended Oakland School for the Arts and, while still a student, was cast in several roles in area theaters. At the Berkeley Playhouse, she played Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island, and in the TheaterWorks‘ production in Palo Alto, she played a character originally written as male, Joe, in Caroline, or Change. Reviewing the latter, Keith Kreitman of San Mateo Daily Journal called the 11-year-old Zendaya’s performance “a pure delight”. She studied at the CalShakes Conservatory program and at the American Conservatory Theater.

Her stage credits include performances in several of William Shakespeare‘s plays. She played Lady Anne in Richard IIICelia in As You Like It, and took part in a production of Twelfth Night. When Zendaya was in seventh grade, the family moved to Los Angeles. In 2015, while pursuing an acting career, she graduated from Oak Park High School.

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