24 year old Emmy winning actress, Zendaya was interviewed by her friend/fellow actor Timothée Chalamet. During the interview, Zendaya talked about her historic Emmy win, and what it was like making that $30 million Netflix purchased movie; Malcolm & Marie costarring John David Washington, shooting Dune, and the importance of joy.
Zendaya was styled by image architect Law Roach, who styled the star in glamorous gowns and sneakers; a nod to “fly Black girls”who kick off their heels to have a good time.
Excerpts from the interview;
“I was nervous about the possibility of having to get up and speak. So, I was like, “Okay, let me just write down a few little bullet points.” Usually, I would just go up there and say what’s in my heart, but everybody was like, “No, I think you should definitely write something down.” So, the day of, I just wrote a little thing down to have just in case. And that was very helpful. I was very nervous, but I’m glad my family was there. Everybody was there and screaming, as my family does! We are a very loud family, and I was worried that they were going to be screaming for too long. And the little clock would start ticking, and I’d be like, “Ah, thank you.” And then it would be over. I got to feel all fancy and put on this beautiful custom [Armani Privé] gown and do my hair and makeup and then just be with my family in the living room, which was actually quite nice. And we got to take pictures in the house, so I knew I would be happy with them.”
TC: In your speech, you said that there’s hope in the young people, and it seemed as if hope was a big part of the message you were trying to get across. What in the past year has given you hope? And what does hope mean to you?
“Well, my intention there was really just to be honest, because it feels like a very hopeless time, specifically in this country. I know a lot of my peers feel enraged and exhausted and tired of living and growing up in a system that feels like it wasn’t built for us. At this moment in time, it is hard to find joy and beauty in things, and I really think that is important. Right now, we as Black people need to embrace joy and not let it be taken away from us.”
She went on to talk about what brings her hope, her plans after the pandemic and how working on her latest projects have been for her.