Zendaya sat down with Andrew Garfield for a mini Spider-Man: No Way Home reunion. During the pair’s Variety Actors on Actors conversation, Zendaya opened up about the difference between being a pop star and being a famous actor.
At one point in the conversation, the actors discussed staying grounded and authentic while being a figure in the public eye. “I was talking to Sam about this earlier. I was like I don’t know if I could ever be a pop star. It’s because as an actor, there’s a level of anonymity that I get to have, which I really like,” she revealed.
Zendaya continued on the subject, “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. I like the idea that somebody else, meaning Rue, gets to take on that stuff..”
The actress recorded the song “I’m Tired” with musician Labrinth for the hit HBO show Euphoria. But Zendaya’s music career goes all the way back to her Shake It Up days. In 2011, she released her first single “Swag It Out” and followed it up with “Watch Me” which charted. Her debut album Zendaya was released in September 2013. Euphoria wasn’t Zendaya’s only acting role that let her show off her musical abilities. She was also featured on the song “Rewrite the Stars” with co-star Zac Efron for the 2017 film The Greatest Showman.