Zendaya
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2021

Zendaya

Model, dancer, child actor, musician and actor Zendaya has accomplished much in just 25 years, including becoming the youngest recipient of the lead actress Emmy in 2020 for her role in HBO’s “Euphoria,” which she also executive produces. Constantly working, she refused to take a backseat during the pandemic, producing and starring in “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson’s film “Malcolm & Marie,” one of the first productions conceived and shot during the pandemic, where Zendaya took it upon herself to ensure the crew would take home shares of the film’s $30 million sale to Netflix. In 2021, she voiced an animated rabbit in “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” and had a pivotal role alongside star Timothée Chalamet in sci-fi actioner “Dune” ahead of her return opposite Tom Holland for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which saw a remarkable and record-shattering domestic debut of $260 million.

Career

  • DUNE: PART 1
  • EUPHORIA
  • SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Halle Berry Praises Zendaya as Next Generation of Hollywood Talent: 'She's Brave, Authentic and Wildly Beautiful'

Halle Berry Praises Zendaya as Next Generation of Hollywood Talent: 'She's Brave, Authentic and Wildly Beautiful'

In Variety's Up Next, we asked four Oscar winners to pick the one person who represents the future of Hollywood.This year, Halle Berry fulfills a career dream of stepping into the director’s chair with “Bruised,” where she stars as Jackie Justice, an MMA fighter looking for one last big match. Berry knows what it’s like to be counted out. It’s been 20 years since she became the first — and still only — Black woman to win the lead actress...

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