Zendaya Coleman


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Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman (born September 1, 1996), known as Zendaya, is an American actress and singer. She began her career appearing as a child model and backup dancer before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up (2010-2013). In 2013, Zendaya was a contestant on the sixteenth season of the competition series Dancing with the Stars. She currently produces and stars as K.C. Cooper in the Disney Channel sitcom K.C. Undercover (2015-present). She made her film breakthrough in 2017, starring as Michelle "MJ" Jones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming and as Anne Wheeler in the musical drama film The Greatest Showman.

Zendaya began her career in music by recording songs independently and releasing the singles "Swag It Out" and "Watch Me" in 2011, the latter a collaboration with Bella Thorne. She signed with Hollywood Records in 2012 and later released her debut single, "Replay", which reached number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Zendaya's self-titled debut studio album (2013) debuted at number 51 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Early life

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, and is the only child of Claire Marie (Stoermer) and Kazembe Ajamu (born Samuel David Coleman), but has five older half-siblings on her father's side. Her father is African-American with roots in Arkansas; her mother is white with German and Scottish ancestry. Zendaya has stated that her name means "to give thanks" in Shona, a Bantu language native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Zendaya grew as a performer in part at the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda where her mother works as the house manager in addition to training at the theater's student conservatory program. She appeared in numerous stage productions while she was attending Oakland School for the Arts, starring as Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkeley Playhouse and the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto's TheaterWorks.

Zendaya spent three years of dancing in a dance group called Future Shock Oakland. The group did hip hop and hula dances when she was eight.

She studied at the CalShakes Conservatory Program and at the American Conservatory Theater. Her other stage credits include William Shakespeare's Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It.

Career

2009-13: Shake It Up and Zendaya

Zendaya began her professional career working as a fashion model for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was featured in an iCarly toys ad. She also appeared as a back-up dancer in a Sears commercial, featuring Disney's Actress Selena Gomez. In 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video for its cover of the song "Hot n Cold", which was released on Kidz Bop 15. She auditioned in November 2009 for the role of CeCe Jones to join the cast of Dance Dance Chicago, later changed to Shake It Up!, but was selected as Rocky Blue instead. For her audition, she performed Michael Jackson's "Leave Me Alone". Shake It Up premiered on November 7, 2010, and it was watched by 6.2 million viewers, becoming Disney Channel's second highest-rated premiere in Disney Channel"?s 27-year history. In 2011 Zendaya released "Swag It Out", a promotional independent single. The song was composed by Bobby Brackins and produced by Glenn A. Foster. She also starred in the book trailer for "From Bad To Cursed" by Katie Alender. In the same year, she released "Watch Me," featuring Bella Thorne, on June 21. The song peaked at 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second season of Shake It Up was announced on March 16, 2011, and premiered on September 18, 2011. On June 5, 2011, Shake It Up had a crossover episode with Good Luck Charlie. Zendaya hosted Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011.

Her first movie role was in the 2012 film Frenemies, a Disney Channel Original Movie. On February 29, 2012, "Something to Dance For" was released as promotional single for Live 2 Dance. For the soundtrack, Zendaya also recorded three other songs: "Made In Japan," "Same Heart", and "Fashion In Krytonite", released as promotional single. On September 2, 2012, she signed to Hollywood Records. In October, Zendaya performed at the Teen Music Festival and at the Operation Smile benefit. In February 2013, Zendaya was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars. At age 16, she was the youngest contestant ever to participate on the show, before Willow Shields succeeded her at age 14 on season 20. She was partnered up with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. In May, the couple finished as runners-up behind Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough. Her self-titled debut album was released on September 17, 2013. It was preceded by the hit single "Replay", released on July 16, 2013. The song was written by Tiffany Fred and Paul "Phamous" Shelton. In June 2013, Coleman wrapped up filming for the music video. On July 25, the Disney Channel confirmed that Shake It Up will be canceled after the end of the third season.

In November 2013, Zendaya was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today, where she performed live her single "Replay".

2014-present: Focus on acting

In 2014, Zendaya was cast as 16-year-old Zoey Stevens, the lead character in the Disney Channel Original Movie Zapped, whose "smart phone begins to somehow control all the boys around her". In late 2013, Zendaya was cast as the lead in a new Disney Channel pilot called Super Awesome Katy. It was ordered to series by Disney Channel in May 2014, with the series now under the title K.C. Undercover, and with Zendaya's character now named K.C. Cooper rather than Katy Cooper. In 2017, Zendaya stated that she had a large influence over the renaming of her character and the retitling of the series, also deciding several key elements of the character's personality. K.C. Undercover premiered on Disney Channel on January 18, 2015, and was renewed for a second season in May 2015.

On February 2015, a joke made by Giuliana Rancic concerning Zendaya, in reference to her hair smelling of "patchouli oil" and "weed" at the 87th Academy Awards. Zendaya promptly took to Instagram to address the remark and point out that many successful people have "locs,"? a hairstyle that has nothing to do with drugs. Due to her wise words Mattel honored Zendaya with her own Barbie, replicating her Oscars look.

In 2014, Zendaya finalized a joint venture between Hollywood and Republic Records. On March 6, 2015 Timbaland confirmed that he is working with Zendaya on her second album. "Something New", featuring Chris Brown was released on February 5 via Hollywood Records and Republic Records. The song also marks it as her first official release since signing to Republic Records.

In 2016, Zendaya landed her first feature film role Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was released in July 2017. She plays a high school student named Michelle in the film. It grossed US$117 million in its first weekend, ranking number one at the box office. in December 2017, Zendaya co-starred in the musical film The Greatest Showman, alongside Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Rebecca Ferguson. She portrayed a trapeze artist named Anne Wheeler, who falls in love with Efron's character, Phillip Carlyle, during a time when interracial romance was taboo. Her chemistry with Efron was well received by Owen Gleiberman who told Variety, "Efron and Zendaya have a terrific chemistry "? they never stop seeking each other out." The Greatest Showman grossed $18.6 million over its first six days, finishing 4th at the box office.

On November 20, Zendaya announced that she joined the cast of Smallfoot, an upcoming 3D computer-animated comedy film as the character Meechee. The film is set for a September 2018 release. She has also signed on to star in and produce A White Lie, as Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned, African-American woman who was the descendant of slaves and passed as white so she could attend Vassar during the 1890s. The film is set to be released in 2019.

Other ventures

Endorsement

In September 2012, Zendaya was featured along with rapper Lil Wayne and NBA player LeBron James in a performance of "Scream and Shout" by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears for a television commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre Color. Zendaya is the face of "X-Out", Madonna's clothing line "Material Girl", CoverGirl, and Chi Hair Care.

Zendaya is an Ambassador for Convoy of Hope. Zendaya recorded John Legend's All of Me with a portion of the proceeds going to Convoy of Hope. She also celebrated her 18th birthday with a campaign to help feed at least 150 hungry children in Haiti, Tanzania and the Philippines through feedONE. Zendaya celebrated her 20th birthday with a campaign to raise $50,000 to support Convoy's Women's Empowerment Initiative.

Book

In August 6, 2013, Zendaya released her debut book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence.

Fashion

In 2013 Zendaya started work on a clothing line, inspired on her clothes on Shake It Up, the Shake It Up Dance Clothing Line by Zendaya. The collection features fun clothes for active girls, legwarmers, shorts, jackets, headbands and athletic apparel and accessories. Summer 2015 with Carmex, Zendaya announced that she would be launching her own clothing line called Daya by Zendaya, which was launch in Fall of 2016. Her Shoe Collection Sole of Daya soon followed

In 2014, Zendaya was a guest judge on an episode of Project Runway: Under the Gunn. In this episode, the designers (contestants) were given the challenge of creating an outfit for Zendaya to wear in an upcoming concert performance. In 2016, she was a guest judge on the season finale of Project Runway season 15.

Personal life

Her interests include singing, dancing, and designing clothes. She is also a vegetarian. Zendaya currently lives in Los Angeles, California and owns a house there that is worth $1.4 million

Filmography

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Super Buddies Lollipop (voice)
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Michelle "MJ" Jones
' Anne Wheeler
2018 Duck Duck Goose Chi (voice) In production
Smallfoot Meechee (voice) In production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2010-2013 Shake It Up Rocky Blue Lead role; 75 episodes
2011 Good Luck Charlie Rocky Blue Episode: "Charlie Shakes It Up"
2011 PrankStars Herself Episode: "Walk the Prank"
2011 Pixie Hollow Games Fern (voice) Television special
2012 A.N.T. Farm Sequoia Jones Episode: "Creative consultANT"
2012 Frenemies Halley Brandon Television film
2013 Dancing with the Stars Contestant Season 16
2014 Zapped Zoey Stevens Television film
2015-2018 K.C. Undercover K.C. Cooper Lead role; Also co-producer
2015 Black-ish Rasheida Episode: "Daddy's Day"
2017 Walk the Prank Herself Episode: "K.C. Undercover Edition"

Discography

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  • Zendaya (2013)

Concert tours

  • Swag It Out Tour (2012-14)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Bella Thorne, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
Shake It Up
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress
Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Bella Thorne, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, MiniSeries, Special or Pilot - Leading Young Actress Frenemies
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Music Video "Fashion Is My Kryptonite"
2014 Radio Disney Music Awards Breakout Artist Herself
Best Style Herself
BET Awards YoungStars Award Herself
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Breakout Artist Herself
Teen Choice Awards Candie's Style Icon Herself
2015 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Style Herself
BET Awards YoungStars Award Herself
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy K.C. Undercover
2016 Kids Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star - Kids' Show K.C. Undercover
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Style Herself
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song Something New
Choice Style: Female Herself
2017 Kids Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star K.C. Undercover
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Choice Summer Movie Actress Spider-Man: Homecoming
Choice Breakout Movie Star
Choice Twit Herself
Choice Style Icon Herself
Choice Female Hottie Herself


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