As Zendaya became the youngest recipient of 2 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Rue in HBO’s Euphoria, her popularity increased even more. It seems 2022 is really an excellent year for the actress/singer as she was also named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. However, despite all the success and popularity, there might still be people who have no idea who she is. So, we’re here to help them. Here is everything you need to know about Zendaya and her life story.
Why is Zendaya popular?
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born in 1996 to a family of teachers. She started showing interest in theatre, especially at California Shakespeare Theatre, where her mother worked as the house manager in the summers. She later attended the Oakland School for the Arts and continued having roles in plays while studying. After she and her family moved to Los Angeles, she started working as a fashion model and also auditioned for various roles. Her 1st significant role was Rocky Blue in Disney’s Shake It Up (2010-2013).
In 2011, she released a song called “Swag it Out,” and another song named “Watch Me” with Bella Thorne, starting her music career as well. She landed her 1st film role in 2012 with Disney’s Frenemies (2012) and recorded songs for the film’s soundtrack. Later, at 16, she became the youngest star to compete in Dancing with the Stars, and she finished in 2nd place. In 2013, she released her self-titled debut album with its lead single, “Replay.” The same year she played the lead character in another Disney movie, Zapped.
She later appeared as the titular character in the show K.C. Undercover (2015-2018). Although the question of why is Zendaya popular must be answered by now, as she was basically a Disney star. Her breakthrough actually came with her starring next to Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). The same year, she was in The Greatest Showman, also appearing in 3 songs on the soundtrack. In 2018, she voiced a character in the animated film Snowfoot.
Her critical success, the role that earned her many accolades, ended up being Rue Bennett in HBO’s Euphoria (2019- ). As mentioned, she won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance. After the 1st season of Euphoria, she appeared in 2 more Spider-Man films. She starred in the critically acclaimed film Malcolm & Marie (2021) alongside John David Washington. With Timothée Chalamet, she was in Dune (2021) and will also be in the sequel film Dune: Part Two, scheduled to come out in 2023.
Euphoria‘s 2nd season came out earlier this year, and she has just finished working on the upcoming film Challengers (2023), a Luca Guadagnino film starring also Mike Faist (West Side Story) and Josh O’Connor (The Crown).
All in all, Zendaya is one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood right now. She has 151 million Instagram followers.
How rich is Zendaya Coleman?
The actress is doing more than good in terms of money. Her estimated net worth is around $20 million. The net worth easily checks out because she is rumored to be making $500.000 per Euphoria episode. What’s even crazier is that she was only in 7 minutes of the movie Dune, but she was reportedly paid $300.000 for the role. We should also consider the money she gets from advertisements since she does advertising for many brands. We should also point out that she has a massive following on social media, so she probably gets paid a lot for her posts as well.
Are Zendaya and Tom Holland together?
Another thing people are curious about could be Zendaya’s love life, and we are glad to say that the 25-year-old seems to find happiness with her Spider-Man co-star Tom Holland. Although the duo met in 2016, during the filming of Spider-Man Homecoming (2017), they repeatedly told the media that they were friends. Finally, last year in July, the 2 were seen kissing in a car, and they attended a friend’s wedding the following month. It looks like the couple is still together since then and are happily in a relationship.