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Zendaya Says All Her Leads Will Be Black Women If She Becomes A Director

We’ve all seen Zendaya kill it on the big and small screens, and it looks like the young talent now has her eyes set on the director’s chair.

While speaking with British Vogue for their October cover story, the 25-year-old Oakland native said she wants to expand her career in the film industry, and it looks like directing will be her next feat.

Zendaya said she believes art itself is a “huge catalyst for change.”

“If I ever do become a filmmaker, I know that the leads of my films will always be Black women,” Zendaya said. “I gotta hurry up and figure out how to f***ing become a director, man. I’m trying I’m learning every day, I really am. There’s so much I want to do.” 

Sam Levinson, who directed Zendaya in the HBO show Euphoria and the Netflix film Malcolm & Marie, has already given her high praise. He has faith in her directing abilities and believes that she will become “an astonishing filmmaker.”

Directing has apparently been on Zendaya’s brain for some time.

According to People, in a February interview with The New York Times, Zendaya touched on her aspirations to direct, telling the paper she would “love to be able to be a filmmaker” and that Levinson was already mentoring her.

“Sam [Levinson] is always like, I give you a year until you’re directing something, and I’m like, all right, well, that means you got a year to teach me,” Zendaya said. “So I don’t know what that looks like personally, but I really enjoyed being a producer.”

Zendaya also emphasized the importance of representation on screen, telling the Times, “I enjoy this idea of hopefully one day being able to make the things that I want to see, the roles that I want to see for Black women. That would be exciting and a goal of mine.”

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