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'Child actors try to grow up too quickly'

All of 20, Spider-Man: Homecoming" actor Zendaya is in no rush to grow older. She says child actors are often in a hurry to "grow up" in Hollywood, but she points out that finding one's own pace and growing up in the spotlight is not easy. She was thrust into the limelight as a hip-hop dancing star in the TV series Shake It Up when she was six. She later played a spy in K.C. Undercover.
"It's never always easy. But I will say I am lucky that I have a really great family that supports me and takes care of me. I also try to take my time and grow at my pace... Something that happens in the industry is that they (child actors) try to grow up too quickly," Zendaya, 20, said.
"I am in no rush to be any older than I need to be. I just live in the moment enjoying exactly where you are," she added. From Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Britney Spears, Macaulay Culkin and Miley Cyrus –here is a long list of child actors who lost control in the spiral of fame. Some had mental breakdowns, some opted to go high on drugs followed by multiple stints at rehabs and some ended up getting on the wrong side of the law. Zendaya says she is perfectly fine with being 20.
"When I turn 21, I will be excited to be 21. When I will turn 22, I will be excited to be 22," said the actor, who grew up in a mixed heritage, with her father being an African–American with Arkansan roots and her mother with German and Scottish ancestry. Zendaya remains true to her identity and roots – be it for her professional calls to give voice to people of colour through her work, or in her fashion choices like going for Oscars in a white off–the–shoulder gown by Vivienne Westwood with dreadlocks, or for posting unedited images from a magazine photo shoot on Instagram after she got to know that her waist was slimmed down. She says she tries to be the best of herself.
"I think it is important that I think about myself and try to be the best me in front of myself first so that I can be that for them. I think it is important to never lose sight of that and to always take that responsibility with great care." Zendaya has made her Hollywood foray with John Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming, a Sony Pictures Entertainment film.
The actor says what made her want to be a part of the movie was the fact that "she is kind of different version of the female character that we have seen in a superhero movie".
Zendaya plays Michelle in the film. she says she"is not the love interest or the girlfriend or anything like that. She is like a distant friend of Peter".
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