Who is Euphoria actress and former Disney Star Zendaya? – The Sun

ZENDAYA shot to stardom on Disney Channel and has proven talent as an actress in various television shows and films since.

The star, who landed her first gig at the age of 14, is now starring in cult HBO series Euphoria.

Who is Zendaya?

Zendaya, full name Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, is a biracial singer, actress, and model who is one of six siblings.

The native Californian first rose to prominence opposite Bella Thorne in Disney Channel's dance sitcom Shake It Up – where the pair played best friends from 2010-2013.

Since then she has gained an Instagram following of 84million people and has her own app as well as a clothing line called Daya by Zendaya.

The starlet made history as the youngest woman to win the Emmy Award for Best Actress on September 20, 2020.

Who does Zendaya play in Euphoria?

Zendaya plays Rue, a drug-addicted teen who tries to navigate sobriety, high school, and relationships after leaving rehab.

Rue is Euphoria's protagonist and much of the show revolves around her as she narrates HBO's controversial teen drama, of which Drake is an executive producer.

The series has received much fanfare, although some have criticized the show for glorifying teen drug use and pornography as well as its depiction of violence and mental health.

What other TV shows and films has she appeared in?

Zendaya famously played Michelle in the Marvel movies Spiderman: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home.

The films follow Spider-Man, also known as Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) as he takes on some of the threats to the world.

She also took on the role of Anne Wheeler in The Greatest Showman, which hit UK theatres in January 2018.

In the film she starred alongside Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Hugh Jackman.

The Greatest Showman tells the story of P.T Barnum, a showman that created the Barnum and Bailey circus in the mid-1800s.

Most recently, she reprised her role as MJ in Spider-Man: Far From Home and is slated to appear in the Sci-Fi drama Dune in 2021.

She has also lent her voice to the cartoon Smallfoo (2018), which told the tale of a yeti, who believes that "imaginary" humans are real.

The actress has also featured in Beyonce's All Night video and Taylor Swift's Bad Blood music video.

When did she win her Emmy?

On September 20,  Zendaya won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for her portrayal of Rue.

She is the youngest woman to receive the statuette, winning the award at 24 years old.

The starlet smashed the previous age record set last year by Killing Eve star Jodie Comer, who was 26 when she won the same award.


While accepting her trophy, Zendaya opened up about how she overcame her struggles with severe shyness to win the highly coveted Emmy.

“I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating but I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there," Zendaya said during her live-streamed award speech.

"I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in our young people."

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