Zendaya is an American actress and singer.
She began her career as a child model and backup dancer, before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up.
- Full name: Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
- Born: 1 September 1996, Oakland, California, United States
- Profession: American actress and singer
- Height: 1.78 m
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Zendaya was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, the only child of Claire Marie (Stoermer) and Kazembe Ajamu (born Samuel David Coleman).
She has five older half-siblings on her father’s side. Her father is African-American, with roots in Arkansas, while her mother has German and Scottish ancestry.
Zendaya, whose name derives from the Shona name Tendai, meaning “to give thanks”.
Grew as a performer in part at the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California, where her mother works as the house manager.
She also trained 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.
At the age of eight, Zendaya joined a dance group called Future Shock Oakland which focused on hip-hop and hula dances, and was a member for three years.
She studied at the CalShakes Conservatory Program and the American Conservatory Theater.
Her other stage credits include William Shakespeare’s Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It.
She began her career 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.
From 2015 to 2018, she produced and starred as K.C. Cooper in the sitcom K.C. Undercover, and in 2019, she began playing the lead role in the HBO drama series Euphoria.
Her film roles include supporting parts in the musical drama The Greatest Showman (2017) and the superhero films Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019).
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.
In 2013, her self-titled debut studio album debuted at number 51 on the Billboard 200 chart. “Rewrite the Stars”, taken from the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, was released as a single in 2018.
It reached the top twenty of the UK and Australian national charts and was certified platinum in the UK and US and double platinum in Australia.
As of 2017, Zendaya lives in a $1.4 million home in Los Angeles, California.
She is a vegetarian. Her interests include singing, dancing, and designing clothes.
Song, Singles & other Works
- Hot N Cold
- Swag It Out
- Watch Me
- Dig Down Deeper
- Fashion Is My Kryptonite
- Something to Dance For
- Shake Santa shake
- Contagious Love
- This Is My Dance Floor
- Beat of My Drum
- I’m Back
- Like We Grown
- My Baby
- Remember Me
- All of Me
- Safe and Sound
- My Jam
- Keep It Undercover
- Bad Blood
- Something New
- This Is for My Girls
- All Night
- The Greatest Show
- Come Alive
- Versace on the Floor
- Rewrite the Stars
- Wonderful Life
- Wonderful Questions
- All for Us
- C Life