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Zendaya Dreams of Directing a Queer Love Story Between Two Black Girls

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Zendaya recently opened up about her future aspirations to Interview magazine while speaking with her fellow Euphoria star Colman Domingo, and right at the top of her list was getting behind the camera herself.

“The idea of trying to direct in the future excites me. That’s why I’m on set so much. When I’m not in it, I’m right there trying to learn,” she said. “So, the hope is that I’ll be able to, one day, make the things that I want to see.”

As the actor explained, she already has something in mind: “A simple love story about two Black girls.” Specifically, one that celebrates the love between the characters, she added. “I don’t want it to be rooted in anything other than just a story about two people falling in love and that’s it. Something simple and beautiful, that leaves you happy and wanting to fall in love yourself,” she said. 

“I just haven’t seen that without it dealing more with the traumatic side of things—which is really important to talk about, but I would love a coming-of-age story where awkward and funny things happen, just like when any other young person is trying to figure out who they are,” Zendaya explained.

Hunter Shafer and Zendaya in Euphoria

Her hope is to make a film that more fully represents her community, she said, adding, “Our existence is broad and expansive and beautiful, and to see all the different emotional colors of what it means to be a young Black girl—I would like to see that, because I don’t think I’ve seen many depictions of it.”

While we can’t wait to see Zendaya helm a queer love story, for the moment she’s staying very busy in front of the camera. Next up for the actor is reprising her role as MJ in Spiderman: No Way Home on December 17 and Rue in season two of the HBO drama Euphoria on January 9, a role that earned her an Emmy for best actress in a drama series, making her the youngest woman to ever win that accolade. 

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