As an Emmy-winning actor with a plethora of TV and film roles under her belt — ranging from Euphoria to Spider-Man — you'd think that Zendaya might've shaken the whole ~Disney kid~ label by now.
But, as is so often the case for those who get their start on Disney Channel shows — particularly the young female stars like Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens — it's a label that can be pretty hard to escape.
However, Zendaya doesn't mind still being called a Disney kid, revealing in a recent interview that she'll always be grateful for the show that helped boost her into the spotlight.
"The thing is I am [a Disney kid]. And to a degree, I am grateful for that," Zendaya explained to Carey Mulligan in Variety's latest episode of Actors on Actors. "That's where I started, and I learned so much from that experience."
The 24-year-old went on to talk about how she was cast in the leading role for Euphoria while still technically being under the Disney umbrella, explaining that it finally gave her the "opportunity to explore" and try new things.
"[Sam] said that I was on a mood board for Rue," Zendaya continued. "I think there's something to that kind of faith, and already seeing something in me that I maybe knew was there, but I didn't ever have the opportunity to explore."
Of course, we all know what happened when Zendaya was finally able to be creative, try news things, and put out bad ideas — she won a freakin' Emmy!
And not only did she win the award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama, she made history on the night by being the youngest person to do so.
"This is pretty crazy!" Zendaya said in her acceptance speech, which was, of course, delivered at home because of the pandemic. "To the incredible cast and crew of Euphoria…I'm inspired by everything you do. To Sam Levinson, I appreciate you so much. You're my family."
"This feels like a really weird time to be celebrating," she went on. "There is hope in the young people out there…to all my peers out there doing the work, I see you. I admire you... Thank you."