Birthday: September 1, 1996
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Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born September 1, 1996, known simply as Zendaya, is an American actress, singer, and dancer. In 2010 she starred in the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up as Rocky Blue. She has starred in two films and played one of the lead roles in the film Frenemies as Halley Brandon.
She voiced Fern in the Pixie Hollow Games. She appeared in Good Luck Charlie as Rocky Blue and in a Good Luck Charlie and Shake It Up crossover title Charlie Shakes It Up. She appeared on PrankStars as herself in the episode “Walk The Prank” and on A.N.T. Farm as Sequoia Jones in the episode “Creative ConsultANT.”
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” by Katy Perry, which was released on Kidz Bop 15.
She auditioned in November 2009 for the role of CeCe Jones to join the cast of Dance Dance Chicago (later changed to Shake It Up!). For her audition she performed Michael Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone”. In 2011 Zendaya release “Swag It Out”, a promotional independent single. The song was composed by Bobby Brackins and produced by Glenn A. Foster.
She also starred in the book trailer for “From Bad To Cursed” by Katie Alender. In the same year, she released “Watch Me,” featuring Bella Thorne, on June 21. The song peaked at 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second season of Shake It Up was announced on March 16, 2011 and premiered on September 18, 2011. On June 5, 2011, Shake It Up had a crossover episode with Good Luck Charlie. Zendaya hosted Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011.
Her first movie role was in the 2012 film, Frenemies, a Disney Channel Original Movie.On February 29, 2012, “Something to Dance For” was released as promotioonal single for Live 2 Dance. For the soundtrack Zendaya also recorded three other songs: “Made In Japan,” “Same Heart”, and “Fashion In Krytonite”, released as promotional single. In September 2, 2012 she signed to Hollywood Records. In October, Zendaya performed at the Teen Music Festival and at the Operation Smile benefit.
In 2013 Zendaya was nominated and is a contestant on season 16 of Dancing With the Stars. She beat out Shawn Johnson as the youngest contestant to ever be on the show. She had her first dance with Val Chmerkovskiy on March 18, 2013 to Contemporary, and got a score of 24. She scored a 26 on March 25, 2013 with the Jive, totaling her score to 50, the highest, keeping Val and her safe from elimination on March 26, 2013. She also scored a perfect score in the May 20, 2013 episode in every dance but finished in second place in the results show the following night.
Her debut album titled Zendaya was released on September 17, 2013. It was preceded by the single “Replay”, released on July 16, 2013. The song was written by Tiffany Fred and Paul “Phamous” Shelton. In June 2013, Coleman wrapped up filming for the music video. On July 25, the Disney Channel confirmed that Shake It Up will be canceled after the end of the third season
In 2014 Zendaya was cast as 16 year-old Zoey Stevens, the lead character in the Disney Channel Original Movie Zapped, whose “smart phone begins to somehow control all the boys around her”.In late 2013 Zendaya was cast as the lead in a new Disney Channel pilot called Super Awesome Katy. It was ordered to series by Disney Channel in May 2014, with the series now under the title K.C. Undercover, and with Zendaya’s character now named K.C. Cooper rather than Katy Cooper.
K.C. Undercover premiered on Disney Channel on January 18, 2015, and was renewed for a second season in May 2015. In March 2016 Zendaya was cast in the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming, playing a character named Michelle; the film is scheduled to be released in July 2017