Zendaya and Andrew Garfield have been popping up in the news lately because they just did a Variety Actors on Actors interview together. It was a nice pairing because they obviously admire each other but also because the pair had a huge, emotional scene together in Spider-man: No Way Home that made everyone on and off-screen cry. That and the accompanying photo shoot to the Variety interview was insanely hot – oh my gawd. However, they also had some really fun quotes and stories, the whole thing is charming, and you can watch it here.
One of quotes from the interview is from multi-hyphenate Zendaya who squashed music fans dreams when she said music would only ever be a side thing for her. But the reason will speak to many of us: boundaries. Zendaya said she opts for acting over music because being a mainstream musician means never doing anything else. As an actor, she’s able to retreat from the world of being an actor but being a proper pop star is all consuming.
Zendaya won’t be putting her pop star career on “Replay” anytime soon.
Speaking to fellow actor and Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield for the cover of Variety’s Actors on Actors issue, Zendaya revealed the reason she mainly chooses acting over music — aside from the occasional soundtrack cut.
During a discussion about fame and projections placed on actors in the spotlight by viewers, Zendaya, 25, told Garfield, 38, her thoughts on pop stardom.
“I was talking to Sam [Levinson] about this earlier. I was like I don’t know if I could ever be a pop star,” she said. “It’s because as an actor, there’s a level of anonymity that I get to have, which I really like.”
“And I get to sort my stuff, whatever that is, through a character and nobody needs to know about it. Whereas in other forms and other mediums, it’s all you all the time,” continued Zendaya. “I like the idea that somebody else, meaning Rue [from Euphoria], gets to take on that stuff and I can…”
“Boundaries,” interjected Garfield.
“Yeah, boundaries. Learning what’s for me,” explained the former Disney Channel star.
Could you imagine getting to choose between being an actor or being a musician? Do you know how talented you have to be to choose between to two most fantasized about careers? I understand where Zendaya is coming from, though. Not just that it must be exhausting to not be able to walk away from your job, but Zendaya’s thoughts confirm what we’ve been hearing from Halsey and others. Promoting a music career isn’t just writing songs, recording, and singing them to people anymore. Now there’s viral stunts, meet and greets, tour documentaries, etc. It really does seem like you spend virtually all your time supporting the music, possibly even more than creating it. I am absolute crap at marketing, I’d never make it as a pop star even if I could sing. I think we need to be careful with the access we’re requiring of our stars. They’re going to burn-out.
As hot as Zendaya and Andrew were together, you know there’s only one man in my heart for Zendaya. (Tom. It’s Tom Holland.) And she melted social media down last week when she posted a birthday wish to him. She picked the cutest black and white candid of the two of them. But what fans could not take was her caption, which was *sighs* perfect:
Photo credit: Instagram and Avalon Red
Bless her and Tom. I hope both of them remain unproblematic and successful for their whole careers.
And … she dances like a professional dancer. I absolutely adore her. Sooooo much talent, beauty and she’s got such a sunny, down to earth, chill vibe. I can’t even be jealous cause she’s just the coolest actor in every sense of the word
I LOVE her – she def has her head screwed on properly and seems to have a good support network around her. She and Tom make such as good couple and he seems just as sweet and grounded as she it.
I love Garfield as an actor but I often get Henry Cavill vibes from him as a person.
Andrew has never said anything problematic about the metoo movement or dated women straight out of high school so I’m not really sure where the correlation is between him and Henry
@CB He was a Mel Gibson apologist when promoting hacksaw ridge but I’m hoping he’s matured and changed his opinion on men like that now.
Still gets a side eye from me
She kills it in the men’s suit and diamond brooch. I love that Law Roach styles her. He does a damn fine job. And she is phenomenally beautiful.
Love her. Their joint interview was pretty interesting and I absolutely get what she means. I would think it would also be difficult to maintain the level of privacy she wants when people will be micro analyzing every lyric in her songs and trying to relate it to what they think is her personal life.
Also, I adore her and Tom together. They seem like such sweet and genuinely good people.
Zendaya is the unproblematic fave!
I mean Zendaya is all kinds of wonderful, but Garfield? Not so much, ah. I don’t know him personally, but his doings are less than nice, ah?
@kris Out of all the white male actors whose been a superhero he’s one of the lesser problematic ones, and is intelligent and thoughtful. Seems like you don’t know much about him.
Just watch his take on grief with Stephen Colbert when he talks about his mothers death and I think you’d think differently about him.
I saw an interview clip of her and she was interesting, articulate, and personable. Plus she’s just so dang cool.