Zendaya has recently shared that she will not be leaving her acting career to become a pop star anytime soon. When she spoke with Spider-Man: No Way Home co-star Andrew Garfield for Variety’s Actors on Actors conversation, the actress said that her music career has taken a second seat to her acting endeavours. To date, Zendaya released a self-titled debut studio album in 2013, has been featured on seven albums, six of which are soundtracks for TV and film productions and appeared on numerous singles with other artists.
Zendaya’s latest projects have been singles for her hit HBO series, Euphoria, which have sent fans into a frenzy for more music from her. “I was talking to Sam (Levinson) about this earlier. I was like, ‘I don’t know if I could ever be a pop star,'” the actress shared as she recalled how much actors project onto the public eye. “It’s because as an actor, there’s a level of anonymity that I get to have, which I really like, and I get to sort my stuff, whatever that is, through a character, and nobody needs to know about it.”
The Spider-Man: No Way Home actress then added that “in other forms and other mediums, it’s all you all the time. I like the idea that somebody else, meaning Rue, gets to take on that stuff. Boundaries. Learning what’s for me.” Garfield agreed with Zendaya and said that he and Zendaya are privileged that they get to choose what they work on. “Obviously everyone is famous in their lives right now through social media, but where you live is very specific, You have to deal with a lot of people’s projections,” he shared.
Andrew Garfield went on to say, “You have to deal with a lot of people having an idea of who you are without actually knowing who you are. When I did my first Spider-Man film, I was your age, 25, 26. And I wasn’t ready, man. I was like, I need to back off because I don’t know who I am yet. And my prefrontal cortex is still forming.”
After the release of her collaboration with Labrinth for the song “I’m Tired,” which was included in the season finale of Euphoria, Zendaya previously addressed her music career.
She wrote on Twitter at the time, “I stepped away from music quite a while ago, for a number of reasons, but I still really love it, so the kindness and support I’ve received the past few days just for a little tiny toe-dip back into some music mean the absolute world to me… thanks.”
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