Zendaya opens up about age gap between her and Malcolm & Marie co-star John David Washington

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Zendaya has been in the public eye as a performer since she was a teenager, which she says is the reason people find it hard to see her in more adult roles.

The 24-year-old won her first Emmy last year playing a struggling high school student on Bennett Street on HBO’s Euphoria, and she plays the younger girlfriend of John David Washington, 36, in Malcolm & Marie, doing debuting on Netflix on February 5.

The actress touched on the 12-year age gap between herself and her co-star in a new interview with E !, stating that she thinks the controversy is due to “I played a teenager from 16 years since I was 16 ”.

Not a teenager: Zendaya has been in the public eye as a performer since she was a teenager, which she says is the reason people find it hard to see her in more adult roles

Age gap: The actress addressed the 12-year age gap between herself and her co-star in a new interview with E!  , stating that she believes the controversy is due to the fact that `` I have played a 16-year-old since I was 16 ''

Age Gap: The actress addressed the 12-year age gap between herself and her co-star in a new interview with E! , stating that she thinks the controversy is due to the fact that “I have played a 16-year-old since I was 16”

“You also have to remember that people grew up with me when I was a kid, it’s like watching, I guess, your younger brother now, you know, they grew up…”

“So it’s hard for people to understand the idea that I grew up in real life. You know, even though I still play a teenage girl on TV, ”she said of her role as Rue.

Her two roles as Rue and Marie come from writer-director Sam Levinson, who created Euphoria and wrote and directed Malcolm & Marie.

Grown: `` You also have to remember that people grew up with me when I was a kid, it's like watching, I guess, your younger brother now, you know, they're adults ...

Grown: “You also have to remember that people grew up with me when I was a kid, it’s like watching, I guess, your younger brother now, you know, they’re adults …

The film was shot during the COVID-19 lockdown this summer, with only Zendaya and Washington making up the cast with minimal crew.

“Sometimes when you don’t see the roles you want, sometimes you have to participate in their creation. So I’m grateful to Sam for writing this movie for us, ”Zendaya added.

She also said the safety of the cast and crew in the film was their “number one concern”, which they achieved by creating a “bubble” type environment.

Cast: The movie was shot during the COVID-19 lockdown this summer, with only Zendaya and Washington making up the cast with minimal crew

Cast: The film was shot during the COVID-19 lockdown this summer, with only Zendaya and Washington making up the cast with minimal crew

Cast: The film was shot during the COVID-19 lockdown this summer, with only Zendaya and Washington making up the cast with minimal crew

Zendaya also opened up about her childhood as a “Disney Kid” in a new interview with Promising Young Woman star Carey Mulligan as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

Mulligan mentioned that she “surely can’t think of you as a Disney kid now,” although Zendaya said it’s still part of who she is.

“The thing is, I am. And to some extent, I’m grateful for it. This is where I started and I learned a lot from this experience, ”she added.

Disney Child: Zendaya also opened up about her childhood as a 'Disney Child' in a new interview with up and coming young lady star Carey Mulligan as part of Variety's Actors on Actors series.

Disney Child: Zendaya also opened up about her childhood as a ‘Disney Child’ in a new interview with promising young lady star Carey Mulligan as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

“It’s just kind of a slow progression, and I’m glad it all was to prove it to myself and no one else, you know?” I kiss her a little. It’s part of my heritage to a certain extent, ”Zendaya said.

Malcolm & Marie debuted on Netflix on February 5, with Zendaya and John David Washington earning serious buzz at the Oscars.

She is also set to film the second season of Euphoria at some point this year, although it is not known when the season will debut on HBO.

Identity: Mulligan mentioned that she `` certainly can't think of you as a Disney kid now, '' although Zendaya said it's still a part of who she is

Identity: Mulligan mentioned that she “certainly can’t think of you as a Disney kid now,” although Zendaya said it’s still a part of who she is.

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