Zendaya Maree Coleman, better known by the mononym Zendaya, is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She has been acting since age six and is currently in the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up! as Raquel "Rocky" Blue.
Zendaya, whose name means "to give thanks" in Shona, was born Zendaya Coleman to Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu (Coleman) on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California. She grew up as part of the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California where her mother worked as the House Manager. In addition to training at the theater's student conservatory program, and later performing in numerous stage productions, Zendaya helped her mother seat patrons and sell raffle tickets to benefit the theater.
While attending the Oakland School for the Arts, she starred as a young Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkley Playhouse and in the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto's TheaterWorks. She also studied her craft at the CalShakes Conservatory program and at the American Conservatory Theater. Her other stage credits include Richard III, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It, among others.
Zendaya began her professional career working as a fashion model for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was featured in an iCarly toys ad along with Stefanie Scott. She also appeared as a back-up dancer in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez; in 2009, she was a featured performer in the Kidz Bop music video for its cover of the song Hot N' Cold. Zendaya currently stars on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up! as Rocky Blue alongside Bella Thorne as CeCe Jones, the comedic duo trying to dance their way to stardom. In early 2011, it was announced that her first movie role would be in the 2012 film, "Frenemies" along with "Shake It Up!" co-star, Bella Thorne and Stefanie Scott from A.N.T. Farm. She additionally starred in the book trailer for "From Bad To Cursed" by Katie Alender, which was released via YouTube on June 13, 2011. The book is the second in Alender's "Bad Girls Don't Die" series.
Zendaya currently lives in Los Angeles with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight. Her interests include singing, dancing and designing clothes. Zendaya hopes that just as theater led her to television, Shake It Up! will someday lead her to opportunities in the music industry. In October 2010, Zendaya told Variety, "I love singing and would love to record an album at some point."
Zendaya has released a number of songs under Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records, as well as independent releases. Zendaya's first single was a song called Swag It Out, available for download on iTunes and Amazon for $0.99. The official music video for the song has only had a preview release on YouTube. Zendaya and Bella Thorne have a music video for the song Watch Me, which premiered on Disney Channel on June 17, 2011 during the A.N.T. Farm premiere and just as a commercial. She has been in a Kidz Bop music video for Katy Perry's "Hot N' Cold". Zendaya announced that she wants to 'release more singles' and 'make an album in the near future'. Zendaya is currently signed to Hollywood Records and is working on recording songs for her first album.
The image gallery for Zendaya may be viewed here.
The video gallery for Zendaya may be viewed here.
|2011||Pixie Hollow Games||Fern||Voice actor|
|2012||Frenemies||Halley Brandon||Main role, Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2010 - present||Shake It Up||Rocky Blue||
|2011||Good Luck Charlie||Rocky Blue||Crossover episode: "Charlie Shakes It Up!"|
|2011||PrankStars||Herself||Episode: "Walk the Prank"|
|2012||A.N.T. Farm||Sequoia Jones||Episode: "creative consultANT"|
|2009||Kidz Bop: 'Hot n Cold'||Performer||Music video. She confirmed in an interview that she wasn't the singer; she was lipsynching.|
|2011||From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender||Sunshine girl||Book trailer: here|
|Watch Me||2011||Bella Thorne & Zendaya||2:55||
Music video: here
|Swag It Out||2011||Zendaya||-||3:12||Music video: here|
|Dig Down Deeper||2011||Zendaya||-||3:08||
Pixie Hollow Games theme song
Music video: here
|Something to Dance For||2012||Zendaya||Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance||2:42||Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance soundtrack|
|Something to Dance For/TTYLXOX (Mash-Up)||2012||Zendaya & Bella Thorne||Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance||2:58||
Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance soundtrack
Music video: here
|Fashion Is My Kryptonite||2012||Bella Thorne & Zendaya||Shake It Up: Made In Japan||2:44||Preview: here|
|Made In Japan||2012||Bella Thorne & Zendaya||Shake It Up: Made In Japan||---||Preview: here|
|Same Heart||2012||Bella Thorne & Zendaya||Shake It Up: Made In Japan||---||-|
|Contagious Love||2012||Bella Thorne & Zendaya||Shake It Up: I ♥ Dance|
|Shake Santa Shake||2012||Zendaya||Disney Channel Holiday Playlist||2:56|
|This Is My Dance Floor||2013||Bella Thorne & Zendaya||Shake It Up: I ♥ Dance||3:07|
Awards and Nominations
|2011||Young Artist Award||Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series||Herself||Nominated|
|2011||J-14 Teen Icon Award||Iconic Triple Threat (Acting, Singing, and Dancing)||Shake It Up (TV series)||Nominated|
|2011||Shorty Awards||Best TV Actress||Shake It Up (TV series)||Nominated|
|2012||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program (Series or Special)||Shake It Up (TV series)||Nominated|
|2012||Young Artist Award||Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Bella Thorne, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
|Shake It Up (TV series)||Nominated|
|2012||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Series - Leading Young Actress||Shake It Up (TV series)||Nominated|
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