Zendaya is one of the biggest rising actresses, however, she is also willing to work behind the camera. During her recent Q&A session for Vogue Italia for her cover shoot, a fan asked her when she was going to direct an episode of her HBO series Euphoria. The Spider-Man actress revealed she was actually supposed to direct an episode in Season 2, but she didn’t have enough time to prepare.
Zendaya shared, “It’s funny. I was actually supposed to direct episode 6, but then I had to act in it.” She added, “I didn’t have enough time, so, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to this time around. I wanted to have enough time to do it the right way. So, next season probably.” Zendaya starred as Rue Bennett in the hit series, a teenager struggling with her drug addiction and her high school life at East Highland.
The series follows the character Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a recovering teenage drug addict who struggles to find her place in the world. Euphoria storyline is also about a group of high school students through their experiences of identity, trauma, drugs, self-harm, family, friendships, love, and s*x. HBO renewed Euphoria for a third season back in February, just weeks before the Season 2 finale at the end of that month.
Euphoria’s season two premiere episode debuted as the most viewed episode of an HBO series ever on HBO Max, currently with more than 14 million viewers across platforms. That figure was more than double the average audience of Season 1. The season two premiere episode was also the #1 most social premium cable episode since the Game of Thrones finale in May 2019. If Zendaya does direct an episode it will mark her directorial debut, though she has previously written an episode of television.
Zendaya co-wrote the 2018 episode of her Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover with Corrine Marshall and Rob Lotterstein. She is also coming off her role as MJ in Spider-Man: No Way Home, alongside boyfriend Tom Holland. She will next be seen in Challengers for Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino, which is in post-production and set for release on August 23, 2023, and she’s filming Dune: Part Two as Chani.
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