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With the premiere of season 2 of the hit HBO series Euphoria and theatrical release Spider-Man: No Coming Home, Zendaya has been one of the most talked about actresses in recent months. But overall her on-screen performances are widely acclaimed – in 2020 she won her first Primetime Emmy Award for playing Rue Bennett in Euphoriaand it’s likely we’ll see more rewards in the future of Z.
At 25, she has already chained an impressive range of pieces. You may remember her early days on the Disney Channel, where she starred in the dance-centric series shake it sitcom, then in his own spy series, KC Undercover. Zendaya quickly moved on to more dramatic roles, such as Rue and Marie in the Netflix movie Malcolm and Marie. On top of all that, she became a major box office success, acting alongside Tom Holland in the latest Spider Man trilogy.
Wondering what else you can find Zendaya in? Scroll for 12 of his best movies and TV series, including where to stream them instantly.
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Euphoria throws Zendaya in arguably her most standout performance yet. She plays Rue Bennett, a 17-year-old girl struggling to overcome the clutches of drug addiction. She is part of a group of high school students navigating the complex reality of drugs, sexuality and social media.
Zendaya is joined by Hunter Schafer as Jules, Jacob Elordi as Nate, Sydney Sweeney as Cassie, Alexa Demie as Maddy, Barbie Ferreira as Kat, Angus Cloud as Fez, Storm Reid as Gia, and Maude Apatow as Lexi.
Tom Holland’s tenure as Spider-Man begins in Back home, which follows Peter Parker as he returns home to Aunt May after spending time with the Avengers, and adjusts to his new dual identity. Zendaya enters the picture as Michelle Jones-Watson, or “MJ”, Peter’s brilliant classmate and eventual captain of the varsity decathlon team.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home”
Peter Parker joins MJ, Ned and his other classmates on a European summer adventure, where the attraction between Peter and MJ continues to grow. But the trip is cut short when Spider-Man is recruited by Nick Fury to help solve mysterious elemental attacks.
“Spider-Man: No Coming Home”
No coming home is the final film in the Tom Holland-directed trilogy and chronicles Peter Parker’s struggle after Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) reveals his identity as Spider-Man. Zendaya returns for the final time as GM.
However, Spider Man producers Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige have hinted that a sequel trilogy is in the works. Does that mean more Tom and Zendaya? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Set thousands of years in the future, Dunes depicts the journey of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), who is born into a great destiny and must save the future of his people. To do this, he must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe, Arrakis. Here he meets Chani (Zendaya), a native inhabitant who attracts him.
We think it’s fair to issue the following warning: Zendaya is only in the sci-fi movie for about seven minutes. Corn Dune: part two was greenlit by Legendary Entertainment, so we can (hopefully) expect to see more of Zendaya.
“The Greatest Showman”
“Oh, that’s the biggest shooow!” 🎶 Zendaya stars in the musical directed by Hugh Jackman alongside Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson. The film is based on the story of showman PT Barnum and how he created the Barnum & Bailey traveling circus, aka the “greatest show on earth”.
Zendaya plays Anne Wheeler, a trapeze artist who performs in one of PT Barnum’s numbers.
“Malcom and Mary”
Filmed entirely in black and white, Malcolm and Marie revolves around a single night when a filmmaker, Malcolm (John David Washington), and his girlfriend, Marie (Zendaya), return home after the premiere of his film. But the lightness of the evening begins to change when tensions and impending personal struggles arise and threaten the strength of their relationship.
The romantic drama comes from Euphoria creator, writer and director Sam Levinson.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy”
After shake itp, Zendaya starred in her own series on the Disney Channel. This time, she played KC Cooper, a teenage math expert and karate black belt living in Washington, DC. After discovering that his parents were undercover spies, he was asked to join their organization.
The show aired for three seasons, beginning in 2015 and ending in 2017. It’s a role that Zendaya only agreed to take if Disney agreed to her list of demands. These included giving him producer credit, changing the title of his original version (Super awesome Katy), and making sure the character was trained in martial arts.
“I wanted to make sure she wasn’t good at singing or acting or dancing. That she wasn’t artistically inclined,” she said vogue in 2017. “I didn’t want them to all of a sudden be like, ‘Oh, yeah, and then she sings this episode!’ No. She can’t dance. She can’t sing. She can’t do that kind of stuff. There’s other things a girl can be.
In this Disney Channel Original movie, Zendaya’s character Zoey Stevens finds a remarkable app on her phone after being involved in a series of freak accidents. This supernatural app can control all the boys in her life, including her annoying stepbrothers, loud stepdad, and even her crush.
Zendaya plays alongside her shake it co-star, Bella Thorne, in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Frenemies. (The ensemble cast also includes Nick Robinson, star of Love, Simon and the television series that followed, Love, Victor.)
The film focuses on three sets of friendships and, as the title suggests, how they go from best friends to enemies and back again. Zendaya plays Halley Brandon and Bella Thorne portrays Avalon Greene, two best friends who compete for the same editor-in-chief position after their web magazine is purchased by a major New York publishing house.
Where it all started. Zendaya’s first major series, shake itaired on the Disney Channel from 2010 to 2013 – and it had Selena Gomez’s catchiest theme song (“Everybody, everybody, get off the floor…🎶”)
Zendaya stars as Rocky Blue, while Bella Thorne plays her best friend, Cece Jones. The show chronicles the duo’s journey as they audition and win a spot in Shake it, Chicago!a local TV dance show, and head towards their dream of becoming professional dancers.
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