Zendaya
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United States
2020

Zendaya

At just 24, Zendaya has made that rare transition — child performer to Emmy-winning adult actress. While she has put music on the back burner for now, in the past year the former Disney Channel star has garnered heaps of praise after taking on the main role in HBO’s “Euphoria,” which catapulted her to Hollywood history as the youngest lead drama actor winner at the 2020 Emmys. Season two will shoot in 2021 following a well-received holiday special in December, with another one-off set to air in January 2021. Already the face of Tommy Hilfiger and a Lancôme spokesperson — in 2019 joining a who’s-who of Hollywood as a global brand ambassador — Zendaya will play Ronnie Spector in a feature biopic and will appear in Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 “Dune” adaptation. She’s also in “Malcolm & Marie,” a feature shot in secret with COVID-19 protocols that just sold to Netflix for $30 million.

Career

  • DUNE: PART 1
  • SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
  • EUPHORIA

Variety Honors

  • Women's Impact
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'Euphoria' Lets Rue Catch Her Breath in Special Episode 'Trouble Don't Last Always': TV Review

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When I think of “Euphoria,” I think of neon lights, glitter smeared across bleary eyes, dizzying camera angles betraying the disoriented teenage mania that fuels it. I think of Rue (Zendaya) staring across a crowded room at Jules (Hunter Schafer) with such palpable longing that it hurts. I think of the stunning last moments of the season finale, when Rue mourns Jules leaving her at a train station by relapsing and collapsing into a musical fever dream. I think of...

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