Zendaya is on fire! Her latest film The Greatest Showman is breaking box office records, and the 21-year-old just wrapped up her three-season run on Disney’s spy series K.C. Undercover on Friday.
But don’t fret! In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the young producer of K.C. Undercover said that she would be open to returning to Disney. However, her return would have a razor sharp focus – to produce and develop roles for young women and women of color.
“I definitely want to maybe produce another show with Disney Channel, maybe develop something or create more stories that I think are powerful roles — especially for women and women of color,” Zendaya told Entertainment Weekly. “So, I think it’s important that young people see themselves on the screen and are able to relate to that.”
Hasn’t this been echoed so much lately? With actresses of color being nominated for all kinds of awards, representation still matters, and although it may seem like female talent of color have finally gotten to the mountaintop of it all, there is still more work to do. Zendaya said that K.C. Undercover attempted to show empowered women on screen because seeing that has a major effect on how women in real life view themselves.
“The No. 1 thing for this show all along was empowerment — especially female empowerment,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that there was a strong female character, and I think it’s cool that young women and young men can both look up and say, ‘Wow, I want to be like this girl.’ If you love something and you’re excited, there should be nothing holding you back from doing that.”
As for what’s next for the actress, she is set to reprise her role as “Michelle ‘M.J.’ Jones” in the Untitled Spider-man Homecoming Sequel, set for a 2019 release. And she will star in the biographical film, A White Lie, where she plays a light-skinned Black woman, Anita Hemmings, who passes for white in order to attend Vassar College at the turn of the 20th century. Now, that should be interesting.
Although we know Zendaya as a Disney darling, she is clearly evolving into a more mature artist. I hope that her fans will continue to follow her along her journey.