Born july 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, Zendaya grew up as part from the nearby California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, where her mother works as the residence Manager. also to training at the theater’s student conservatory program, and later acting in different stage shows, Zendaya helped her mom seat patrons and sell raffle tickets to benefit the theater.
While attending the Oakland School on the Arts, she starred as tiny Ti Moune in “Once on This Island” at the Berkley Playhouse and also the breakout role in the male character Joe in “Caroline, or Change” at Palo Alto’s TheaterWorks. She furthermore 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 similar to It,” among others.
Zendaya, which means “to give thanks” in Shona (a Bantu language native on the Shona people of Zimbabwe), was a design model for Macy’s, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was also one on the back-up dancers in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez. Zendaya additionally spent 3 years dancing with Future Shock Oakland, a hip hop dance troupe, and 2 years dancing hula with AHA, The Academy of Hawaiian Arts.
Zendaya today resides in Los Angeles, California with her family and dog, a Giant Schnauzer named Midnight. Her interests include singing, dancing and clothes designing.