Quiet on Set Fallout: Zendaya doens't want kids

Publish Date
Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 10:24AM

Zendaya has been in the public eye since starting out on Disney Channels' 'Shake It Up' at just 14 years old and her career has only skyrocketed from there.

Zendaya recently opened up about her "complicated" feelings as a child actor in Vogue's May cover. 

The conversation around child actors has been dominating media lately since the release of Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV the four-part docu-series unravels the truths behind the mistreatment to actors and the endangering content that was aired on some Nickelodeon shows.

As Zendaya talked about her early acting roles she said, "I don't know how much of a choice I had." She then added "I have complicated feelings about kids and fame and being in the public eye, or being a child actor. We've seen a lot of cases of it being detrimental.... And I think only now, as an adult, am I starting to go, 'Oh, OK, wait a minute: I've only every done what I've known and this is all I've ever known."

She then added, "I'm almost going through my angsty teenager phases now, because I didn't really have the time to do it before. I felt like I was thrust into a very adult position: I was becoming the breadwinner of my family very early, and there was a lot of role-reversal happening, and just kind of becoming grown, really."

This experience seemed to be a shared one for many child stars who were the main source of income for their families and the pressure that goes with it can be detrimental as the Quiet On Set docu-series discusses.

As she thinks about the possibility of having children in the future, Zendaya is still navigating what that might mean exactly. The level of fame her and her current boyfriend/hypothetical future baby daddy, Tom Holland have would mean their children would have a lot to deal with as they grow up directly in the public eye.

"I don't necessarily want my kids to have to deal with this. And what does my future look like? Am I going to be a public-facing person forever?" she said, adding that her ultimate wish for work-life balance would be to "make things and pop out when I need to pop out, and then have a safe and protected life with my family."

Later on in the interview, Zendaya showed some love to her boyfriend Tom Holland. She praised how he dealt with being in the limelight and how his career took off overnight following the release of Spider-Man. "We were both very, very young, but my career was already kind of going, and his changed overnight. One day you're a kid and you're at the pub with your friends, and then the next day you're Spider-Man. I definitely watched his life kind of change in front of him. But he handled it really beautifully."

Watch: Quiet On Set trailer.

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