Zendaya is an American actress who doubles up as a singer. Even though she began her career as a child model and back-up dancer, she rose to fame after appearing on the Disney Channel sitcom, Shake It Up, where she played Rocky Blue.
The young actress has rapidly gained fame over the last couple of years. She is currently playing the role of Rue Bennett, a recovering teenage drug addict in Euphoria. What was her road to success like? What are some of the interesting facts about the star?
Zendaya profile summary
- Full name: Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
- Celebrated name: Zendaya
- Date of birth: 1st September 1996
- Place of birth: Oakland, California U.S.A.
- Age: 23 years
- Nationality: American
- Zendaya Ethnicity: Mixed-race
- Height: 5 feet 10 inches
- Weight: 59 kg
- Zendaya parents: Kazembe Ajamu Coleman and Claire Marie
- Relationship status: In a relationship
- Profession: Actress, dancer, singer
- Net worth: $15 million
Zendaya was born on 1st September 1996 in Oakland, California, in the U.S.A to Kazembe Coleman (father) and Claire Marie (mother). The popular actress hails from the African-American ancestry from her father's side with Arkansas roots while her mother has a German and Scottish heritage.
She attended Oakland School for the Arts in Oakland, California. She resides in Los Angeles, together with her family.
As the daughter of a stage manager, Zendaya spent so much of her childhood hanging around the California Shakespeare Theater. She trained in the theatre's youth program and made appearances in some of its productions.
While at Oakland, she landed numerous roles in local theatrical productions. She perfected her art in acting at the American Conservatory Theater and the Cal Shakes Conservatory. Zendaya enrolled at the Future Shock Oakland dance group since she had a keen interest in dancing. She studied hula dancing at the Academy of Hawaiian Arts.
Zendaya’s sexual orientation is straight. She has been in different relationships with different men. The question on her sexuality came up after receiving tons of praise for perfectly playing the role of Rue in the film Euphoria.
The super-talented and gorgeous actress has dated many men throughout her life and career. In 2011, she was alleged to be dating Shake It Up star, Adam Irigoy, while the two were working on the named series. He was one year younger than Zendaya. Later on, she came out to deny the reports of their dating.
In 2013, Zendaya then started dating singer Leo Howard. The alleged relationship did not last long as the duo broke up a few weeks later in April 2013. That same year, rumours had it that she was in romantic involvement with singer Trevor Jackson even though she came out to deny these allegations.
In 2016, it was alleged that the actress was in a relationship with the renowned American footballer, Odell Beckham Jr. None of the two came out to deny or confirm these allegations.
In 2019, she started dating her Euphoria co-star Jacob Elordi. The rumours on their relationship began in summer when the duo was spotted in Greece on holiday. On 3rd February, the two were spotted enjoying a cosy kiss, further fueling these allegations.
Although she is the only child of Kazembe and Claire, she has other siblings from her father's first marriage. Zendaya siblings are Katianna, Kaylee, Annabella, Austin, and Julien.
Unfortunately, none of them is active on social media, but they occasionally make appearances on Zendaya’s accounts.
Zendaya has had her stints in the entertainment industry as a singer and actress. Here is the breakdown of her professional career:
The actress made her debut as an actress in 2017 when she played the role of Michelle Jones in the Marvel’s superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming. Before starring this role, she had a voice in the 2013 Disney direct-to-DVD film, Super Buddies. She offered her voice to the character named Lollipop. Here is the list of her other films:
- 2013 - Super Buddies
- 2017 - Spider-man: Homecoming
- 2017 - The Greatest Showman
- 2018 - Duck Duck Goose
- 2018 - Smallfoot
- 2019 - Spider-man: Far From Home
- 2020 - Dune
She earned her first acting credit on television in 2010 in the popular Disney sitcom dubbed Shake It Up. In this show, she played as the lead character from 2010 to 2013. The series was a great hit, which in turn opened up several doors for the actress both in film and other television shows. She has starred in the following television shows:
- 2010 to 2013 - Shake It Up
- 2011 - Good Luck Charlie
- 2011 - PrankStars
- 2011 - Pixie Hollow Games
- 2012 - A.N.T. Farm
- 2012 - Frenemies
- 2013 - Dancing with the Stars
- 2013 - The Story of Zendaya
- 2014 - Zapped
- 2014 - The Making of SWAY
- 2014 - SWAY: A Dance Trilogy
- 2015 - Black-ish
- 2015 to 2018 - K.C. Undercover
- 2017 - Walk the Prank
- 2017 - Lip Sync Battle
- 2019 - The OA
- 2019 to present - Euphoria
Other than being a great actress, Coleman doubles up as a talented singer. In September 2013, she dropped her debut studio album under the title Zendaya. This album was well-received as it debuted at position 51 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Upon launching her professional career as a fashion model, she has worked with numerous popular brands through endorsements. She has worked with the like of:
- Old Navy
The model has also made an appearance in different commercials such as iCarly, together with Selena Gomez in Sears TV commercial.
In 2018, Tommy Hilfiger signed her to become the brand’s new global women’s ambassador.
Zendaya net worth
Ever since her initial appearance on Disney's Shake It Up, Zendaya has remained in the spotlight with different roles in various films and televisions shows. As of 2020, Zendaya’s net worth stands at $15 million.
Apart from her career, she has her own line of clothing titled Daya by Zendaya. The clothing line has played a vital role in increasing her overall net worth.
Like most other celebrities, Zendaya Coleman is active on different social media platforms where she has successfully garnered a large following. Here are the links to some of her social media accounts:
- Zendaya Coleman Instagram: @zendaya 70.1 million followers
- Zendaya Coleman Twitter: @Zendaya with 17.3 million followers
- Zendaya Coleman Facebook: @Zendaya 10.9 million followers
After taking a keen look at the biography of Zendaya, it is evident that she is an actress who is full of potential to attain even a bigger name in the entertainment industry.