Zendaya Coleman

Biography

Zendaya stars as Raquel "Rocky" Blue, one half of the comedic duo of young dancers trying to dance her way to stardom, in the new Disney Channel series "Shake It Up!"

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 Little 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 also spent three years dancing with Future Shock Oakland, a hip hop dance troupe, and two years dancing hula with AHA, The Academy of Hawaiian Arts.

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.

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After Being Re-Cast, Zendaya Coleman Speaks Out On Aaliyah Movie Controversy

20th July 2014 -

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After Zendaya Coleman dropped out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, her replacement has finally been announced. And the winner is... drumroll please... Alexandra Shipp. The announcement was made on Friday and led to another surge of...

Zendaya Coleman Backs Alexandra Shipp As New Aaliyah

19th July 2014 -

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Zendaya Coleman has thrown her support behind Alexandra Shipp as the actress prepares to take over the lead role in the upcoming Aaliyah biopic.Coleman was hired to play the late R&B superstar in a new...

Alexandra Shipp Lands Aaliyah Role In Tv Movie

18th July 2014 -

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Nickelodeon regular Alexandra Shipp has replaced Zendaya Coleman in the upcoming Aaliyah biopic.Coleman pulled out of the project last month (Jun14) after she was bombarded with negative remarks following her casting as the late R&B...

As Zendaya Drops Out Of Lifetime's 'Aaliyah' Biopic, Is This The End Of The Project Altogether?

30th June 2014 -

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Just weeks after Disney Star Zendaya Coleman was announced as the star of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, the network has announced her withdrawal and put the project on hold. Lifetime announced the news via their official...

Lifetime Need To Cast Lead Role In Aaliyah Biopic As Zendaya Drops Out

29th June 2014 -

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Lifetime need to recast their leading lady in the forthcoming Aaliyah biopic.Disney star Zendaya was originally set to star in the flick but she has decided to walk away from the project.This news comes only...

Who Is Zendaya? The 17 Year Old Who Will Play Aaliyah

18th June 2014 -

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The casting of 17 year old Zendaya Coleman as tragic R'n'B singer Aaliyah has raised more than a few eyebrows since the announcement was made earlier this week. Those who have criticised the decision, have...

Disney Star Zendaya Will Play Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic

17th June 2014 -

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Disney star Zendaya has just landed the biggest role of her young career.The 17 year-old multitalented star has been chosen to portray the late R&B star, Aaliyah, in a new made-for-TV movie.Lifetime announced the casting...

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