Zendaya is a Renaissance woman. She’s the youngest-ever Emmy recipient for best actress in a drama series, this year’s CFDA Fashion Icon, and arguably everyone’s favorite MJ. Now, the actress is thinking about adding director and screenwriter to her growing list of titles.
In a new cover story with Interview published December 7, Zendaya explained that she doesn’t have a set plan or schedule when it comes to her career pursuits—she just hopes to follow anything that excites her. Currently, this includes writing and directing films, one of which she hopes will center on a love story between two Black women.
“I’ve never really thought, ‘I have to do this by this time and I want to do this by that time,’” Zendaya said. “I just want to do the things that make me happy and bring me joy and fulfill me as an artist, as a person. So, I keep that loose, because if one day it turns into a completely different career path, then I would allow myself to do that. The idea of trying to direct in the future excites me. That’s why I’m on set so much. When I’m not in it, I’m right there trying to learn. I go around and I ask our crew members, ‘What are you doing today? Can you explain it to me?’ Because we’ve got some real vets in the game. So, the hope is that I’ll be able to, one day, make the things that I want to see.”
She added that she would want the story to center on the humanity of the characters rather than on heavier topics like racial trauma. “I don’t want it to be rooted in anything other than just a story about two people falling in love and that’s it. Something simple and beautiful, that leaves you happy and wanting to fall in love yourself,” she said. “I just haven’t seen that without it dealing more with the traumatic side of things—which is really important to talk about, but I would love a coming-of-age story where awkward and funny things happen, just like when any other young person is trying to figure out who they are.”
Knowing Zendaya, the execution would be flawless, and we hope it happens in 2022.
You Might Also Like