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You might know Zendaya as MJ from the Spider-Man movies, or Rue from Euphoria, and if you’ve seen either of her performances, you know she’s a brilliant actress, who is also an inspiration to several young women of color.
Zendaya is one of the biggest superstars of our time, influencing everything from fashion to music. Since the star has several projects coming up, including Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers in 2023, we thought we’d take a look at her life and tell you everything you need to know about Zendaya, from her net worth to her family, and much talked about, dating life!
Since her professional career began in 2009, she has worked as a model, actress, singer, dancer, and more recently, producer. Having worked for companies like Disney, Marvel Studios, and HBO, she’s sure to continue seeing her paychecks increase. As of 2022, Zendaya’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million. Not bad for a child who used to help fundraise at her mom’s theatre job! We can definitely expect to see more of Zendaya in 2023, and her net worth will only increase as time goes by!
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California. Her name derives from the Shona language Tendai, meaning “to give thanks”. She first fell in love with acting as a child when her mom worked during the summers as the house manager of the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California. When she was eight years old, she joined a hip-hop dance troupe called Future Shock Oakland, and she also danced the hula for two years with the Academy of Hawaiian Arts. She was cast in roles at several local theaters, including Little Ti Moune in Berkeley Playhouse’s Once on This Island and Joe in TheaterWorks’ Caroline, or Change. She played Lady Anne in Shakespeare’s Richard III and Celia in his As You Like It.
Zendaya and her family moved to Los Angeles around 2009, when she was about 13 years old. Some of her first professional gigs were as a model in ads for Old Navy and Macy’s. She also was featured in several commercials, including one with Selena Gomez for Sears as a backup dancer. In November 2009, she auditioned for the Disney Channel musical sitcom Shake It Up and was cast as one of the show’s two leads, Rocky Blue.
While on Shake It Up, Zendaya began her musical career, releasing her first promotional single, “Swag It Out,” in 2011. In the same year, she released “Watch Me” with her Shake It Up co-star, Bella Thorne. Her first film role was in the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies, for which she recorded four songs – “Something to Dance For,” “Fashion Is My Kryptonite,” “Same Heart,” and “Made in Japan”. She signed with Hollywood Records in 2012 and released her self-titled debut album one year later. In October 2012, she competed in Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars, the youngest contestant ever to participate in the show at that time. She and her partner Valentine Chmerkovskiy finished in second place. In 2015, she starred as K.C. Cooper in the Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover.
In 2017, She made her feature film debut as Michelle Jones-Watson, or “MJ,” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the same year, she co-starred in the live-action original musical film The Greatest Showman as a trapeze artist who falls in love with Zac Efron’s character during a time when interracial relationships were frowned upon. In 2019, the hit HBO series Euphoria premiered, starring Zendaya as Rue, a 17-year-old drug addict. For her role on the show, Zendaya won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the youngest-ever winner of the award. She has also performed and written several songs for the series soundtrack, including “All for Us” by Labrinth. Zendaya has reprised the role of MJ in Spider-Man: Far from Home and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
She has managed to keep her romantic life somewhat private. Fans suspect that she dated musician and actor Trevor Jackson after starring in his music video for his single “Like We Grown” in 2013. The two have said they are only friends, but in 2017, Zendaya did state that she had been in a secret relationship for several years.
She was rumored to be in a relationship with American football star Odell Beckham, Jr., in 2016, but again, She denied the claims, saying they were just friends. The two had been seen together at a Grammys after-party and a New York Knicks basketball game.
After being seen on vacation twice with her Euphoria co-star Jacob Elordi in 2019, fans speculated that the two were together. They were also seen and photographed kissing while in New York City in 2020. Neither ever confirmed the relationship, but they seem to remain friends and continue to star in Euphoria together.
Finally, Zendaya has confirmed being in a relationship with none other than Spider-man himself, British actor Tom Holland. The two confirmed their relationship during the summer of 2021, but it is not known when they officially started dating, even though fans have speculated about a romance between the two since they met in 2016.
Zendaya’s parents are both teachers. Her mother, Claire Stoermer, is of German and Scottish ancestry. Zendaya attended Fruitvale Elementary School, where her mother taught for 20 years. Currently, her mom has her jewelry line, Kizzmet Jewelry. Her father, Azembe Ajamu Coleman, is African-American with a family in Arkansas. He also acts as Zendaya’s manager. She lived with her parents as recently as 2016.
Zendaya is the only biological child of her parents, but she has five older half-siblings. Her oldest brother, Julien Coleman, is married with three children. His oldest daughter Ezenia, or “Zink,” is actually a little more than a year older than her aunt. Zendaya’s other siblings keep their lives super private, but we know she has another brother named Austin and two sisters, AnnaBella and Katiann.
We’re huge fans of Zendaya and are so excited to see what’s next for the starlet. Season 3 of Euphoria isn’t expected to be released until 2024, and we’re hoping Zendaya will reprise her role as Rue. Be sure to look out for her in Dune: Part II in 2023! Do you have a favorite role of Zendaya? What would you like to see her do next? Sound off in the comments!