You can never tell with these actors whether they’re telling the truth about something or not. Fundamentally speaking, all actors are essentially liars; trained to inhabit the truth of another and paid to live a lie in front of a camera. Which is why it’s hard to take whatever they have to say about a role they’re in, especially with a project as high-profile and secretive as Marvel. Case in point: Zendaya‘s comments about how she’s not MJ in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which she brought up again at last weekend’s MTV Movie Awards.

My character is a hundred percent, Michelle. That’s her name. I promise you I’m not lying. And she’s definitely a different character.

If you ask me, she’s playing a game of semantics ala “Benedict Cumberbatch is a 100 percent John Harrison in Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Both are factually correct but one truth doesn’t make the other a lie. Like how my name is a 100 percent Charles even though I have something else listed legally.

At this point, Zendaya is pretty much an expert at dancing around this question. A few months ago, she gave a very denial-free answer to the same question saying, “We just crack up about it, because it’s like, “Whatever you want to think. You’ll find out.” Along with that statement was her defending the possibility of diversifying the Spider-Man roster of characters further affirming the idea of her playing an iconic character, “But of course there’s going to be outrage over that because for some reason some people just aren’t ready. I’m like, “I don’t know what America you live in, but from what I see when I walk outside my streets of New York right now, I see lots of diversity and I see the real world and it’s beautiful, and that’s what should be reflected and that’s what is reflected so you’re just going to have to get over it.”

Point is, I like the idea of Zendaya as MJ and love the fan theory that she’s an MCU version of Hannah Montana: she goes by Michelle in her civilian life and dresses up messily to conceal the fact that she’s a famous person named MJ. It perfectly fits with the theme of alter-egos and is a nice parallel to Peter’s Spider-Man.

Returning to her MTV interview last weekend, she also had some stuff to share about her approach to playing “Michelle”, hinting at the Ally Sheedy-Breakfast Club we’ve been hearing about:

It’s a character I can have fun with and create what I wanted to make her. And the director had a lot of cool ideas how to make her weird and interesting and cool. She says weird things at the wrong time but I think that’s why people will like her. She’s like my spirit animal.

We’re only less than 60 days away from Homecoming, so we won’t have to wait long to see if she’s legit playing MJ or if the media (us included) spent too much time insisting that she was only to look like fools after watching the film.

Source: MTV News