When know Zendaya is a budding actress. We know she’ll play the female lead in next summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. But outside of that, the exact role she’s playing is pure speculation.
The speculation has ranged from her playing a character original to the MCU all the way to an African-American version of Mary Jane Watson, a mainstay in Spider-Man comics and Peter Parker’s love interest. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zendaya gives few clues to who she’ll be playing.
People are going to react over anything. But nothing [about who she is playing] is fact. It’s like, you guys are just making shit up at this point and then reacting to it. Whenever we were on set, one of us gets some random character name [on the call sheet]. [Bloggers were] like, “Oh they must be so and so.” And we just crack up about it, because it’s like, “Whatever you want to think. You’ll find out.” It’s funny to watch the guessing game. 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.”
Zendaya stated the character isn’t of the romantic variety, rather awkward and book smart.
No [laughs]. My character is not romantic. My character is like very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she’s so smart, she just feels like she doesn’t need to talk to people, like “My brain is so far ahead of you that you’re just not really on my level.” So she comes off very weird. But to me, she is very cool because she’s deep. She’s always thinking about something, always reading. I like that. And I also like that I don’t really have to do anything for hair and makeup. I just get to walk in and walk out.
Zendaya, 20, who has starred in various Disney channel shows for the better part of the last decade, is no stranger to fame. Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland, who plays the movie’s titular character, could learn a thing or two from the former child star.
I was like, “Bro, are you ready? Like, do you know what’s about to happen?” And he’s like, “I don’t know, man, if I’m ready.” I’m like, “It’s about to be crazy.” His life is about to change dramatically, more than my life is about to change because I’ve already been in the public eye. For me, will it be heightened? Yes, but it’s not anything that I wouldn’t expect or have seen before. I just get to watch and be like, “I told you.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.