Born September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, Zendaya grew up as part of the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, where her mother works 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 mom 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 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," "As You Like It," among others.
Zendaya, which means "to give thanks" in Shona (a Bantu language native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe), was a fashion model for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was also one of the back-up dancers in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez.
Zendaya now resides in Los Angeles, California with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight. Her interests include singing, dancing and clothes designing.
Zendaya's Full Resume:
2010-2013 Shake It Up! (TV series)
– Quit It Up (2013) … Rocky Blue
– Oh Brother It Up (2013) … Rocky Blue
– Home Alone It Up (2012) … Rocky Blue
– Merry Merry It Up (2012) … Rocky Blue
– Lock It Up (2012) … Rocky Blue
To name a few of the 57 episodes.
2012 A.N.T. Farm (TV series)
– Creative ConsultANT (2012) … Sequoia
2012 Frenemies (TV movie)
2011 Pixie Hollow Games (TV movie)
2011 Good Luck Charlie (TV series)
– Charlie Shakes It Up (2011) … Rocky Blue
2011-2012 Shake It Up! (TV series)
– Made in Japan (2012) (performer: "Fashion is My Kryptonite")
– Judge It Up (2012) (performer: "TTYLXOX")
– Apply It Up (2012) (performer: "Something to Dance For")
– Throw It Up (2011) (performer: "Watch Me")
2011 Pixie Hollow Games (TV movie) (performer: "Dig Down Deeper")
2012 Disney Game On (TV series)
– Club Penguin Ultimate Jam (2012) … Herself
2009-2012 Disney 365 (TV series documentary)
– Disney Kids and Nature Celebration (2012) … Herself
– Disney Channel Rocks! (2011) … Herself
– DCP Fashion Show (2009) … Herself (as Zendaya Coleman)
2012 Good Morning America (TV series)
Herself - Guest
– Episode dated 12 January 2012 (2012) … Herself - Guest
2011 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (TV movie)
2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (TV movie)
2011 Make Your Mark: The Ultimate Dance Off - Shake It Up Edition (TV movie)
2011 PrankStars (TV series)
– Walk the Prank (2011) … Herself
2011 Piper's QUICK Picks (TV series)
Herself - Guest
– Interviews with Bella Thorne and Zendaya from 'Shake It Up' Plus Rosero and Ernie D from Radio Disney (2011) … Herself - Guest
– It's Zendaya from Disney's 'Shake It Up!' (2011) … Herself - Guest
Zendaya is a beautiful, talented 16 year old Actress who has a wonderful acting career ahead of her. Not only that, Zendaya is also pursuing a singing career which you can see the songs she has recorded above in her resume. Make sure to watch this talented Actress on the hit Disney Channel series Shake It Up as Rocky Blue, check your listings for air times and channel. We see Zendaya as having a very successful career with her acting and singing. You can find Zendaya on the web by her listed out sites below.
Official Website: http://zendaya.com/
RCN America is pleased to have Zendaya Coleman featured in our latest "Actor Spotlight", where we highlight, promote Actors that have great acting skills and a bright future.