Zendaya Opens Up About Earning For Family At Young Age; Challengers Actress Wishes To Have Attended School

Zendaya recently opened up about her early struggles and how it shaped her perspective on childhood. In a candid conversation with Vogue, the Spider-Man star shared that she started working at a young age to support her family, even missing out on school. From her days on Disney's Shake It Up to landing the role of M.J. in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Zendaya reflected, "I'm almost going through my angsty teenager phase now because I didn’t really have the time to do it before."

In an interview with British Vogue, Zendaya discussed her complex feelings about being a child actor and growing up in the spotlight.

She expressed, "I don't know how much of a choice I had; I have complicated feelings about kids and fame and being in the public eye or being a child actor." The actress further elaborated, "We've seen a lot of cases of it being detrimental. I think only now, as an adult, am I starting to go, Oh, okay, wait a minute: I've only ever done what I've known, and this is all I've known."

Reflecting on her journey into adulthood, Zendaya shared, "I felt like I was thrust into a very adult position: I was becoming the breadwinner of my family very early, and there was a lot of role-reversal happening, and just kind of becoming grown, really.

" She added, "And I wish I went to school."

With her upcoming film, Challengers, Zendaya is experiencing nerves as she takes on her first lead role in a movie. She admitted, "Now, when I have these moments in my career—like, my first time leading a film that's actually going to be in a theater—I feel like I shrink, and I can't enjoy all the things that are happening to me. I'm very tense, and I think that I carry that from being a kid and never really having an opportunity to just try things."

Zendaya also shared the irony of playing a high schooler in Challengers, despite never attending high school herself. The film is set to hit theaters on April 26.

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