You know Zendaya Coleman as Rocky on the Disney Channel show Shake It Up. She turned 16 on September 1, and her name means “to give thanks” in the southern African Shona language. I bet Zendaya is totally giving thanks for all the great things in her life so far! Read on to find out more about her. .
Q: What do you like about Shake It Up?
Zendaya: I like the fact, especially this season that we are getting into real issues that teenage girls and families all over the world have to deal with. It’s really nice to see that Rocky and CeCe are not perfect; they have problems. They go through the same things that everyone else goes through and they have to deal with them. I like that it makes our characters real and more relatable to everyone out there.
Q: What is Davis Cleveland [who plays Flynn] like in real life?
Zendaya: He’s hilarious. He is just like that character. Honestly, I’m 100% convinced that he is not 10 years old. There is, like, a little 30-year-old man stuck inside of him. (Laughs) I hang out with him like a teenager and any of my other friends. He is so smart. He is so beyond his years and it’s actually pretty astounding to me. I love being around him because he is such a cool kid!
Q: You and Bella Thorne [who plays CeCe] did a song in the fashion video (“Fashion Is My Kryptonite”) where you act like models. Did you like wearing all those clothes?
Zendaya: I loved it. I’m a tomboy honestly and I hate wearing dresses. I’m like, “Ugh I’d rather stay home and be in sweatpants all day,” but I love girly stuff, so it’s kind of weird. I have my girly moments and I have my tomboy moments. That was definitely a girly moment of mine where I was like, “I feel fabulous!” I was just twirling around and having a great time.
Q: Are you recognized more now when you out?
Zendaya: Oh yeah, definitely. I love it. I love meeting my fans. That’s the best part. I actually have a lot of fun fan encounters. There have been times when I’ve been at amusements parks and kids cry. It’s amazing. Every encounter with a fan is special. Every single fan is special. I always try my best to see as many as possible even when I’m trying to rush somewhere I stop and make sure I do that. They are why I have my job and why I’m able to do it.
Q: What is your favorite book?
Zendaya: So Be It by Sarah Weeks. I just love that book. I remember reading it in the 5th grade and I didn’t want it to end. I think it was the first time that I re-read a book. I really wanted to read it again.
Q: What are you reading now?
Zendaya: Right now, for school I’m reading A Separate Peace (for ages 12 and up). It’s a school book. Actually I thought it was going to be really boring. You know school books. . . ah, school books have nothing to do with real life, but it’s actually really interesting. It has some neat subjects and I love books that are really deep and have a real meaning to them.
She’s an amazing actress and dancer AND she has great taste in books. I would love to meet her! How about you? Leave a Comment.
Interview by Sue Schneider
Photos courtesy Disney Channel