Zendaya is an open book.
Zendaya opens up about her
insecurities, why she’s “excited” about playing Michelle in
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” and more in the October issue of
She admits that sometimes her
harshest critic is actually herself.
“I hold myself to such
ridiculously high standards that if I don’t meet or surpass them, I doubt
myself. That fear of not being as good as you want to be can limit you from
doing things. I feel a lot of people doubt me in the acting space because I’ve
never done a big movie, and that’s why I’m excited about
doing ‘Spider-Man’—I have no preconceived notions about how I’m supposed
to deal with it,” she said. “But I auditioned just like everybody
else, and clearly I did something right.”
Zendaya also talked about how
she handles her demanding inner thoughts.
“Like, the way I see it
in my head, I should be nothing shy of Beyoncé. But you can’t freakin’ put that
much pressure on yourself,” she told the mag. “That doesn’t mean
don’t strive for the best, because you should… Sometimes I need to realize
that I’m human. I’m doing pretty good.”
starred in Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up,” and although the show
wrapped its run in 2013, she’s still close with her former co-star, Bella
“Yeah! We’ll post things
to each other on social media, but we know everybody’s looking at that, so if
she wants to talk, she’ll call me or text me,” she said.
For more on Zendaya, Seventeen’s October issue is on
newsstands September 13.
— Stephanie Swaim
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