It was just announced this week that Zendaya will be playing Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime biopic.
If you follow Zendaya, then you know that Aaliyah is one of her biggest inspirations. In fact, after the cast was announced, Z took to twitter to share her excitement. “She’s been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her. Show how much she accomplished in only 22 years….she’s beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven. I’m just a 17 year old girl who got cast to play one of her biggest inspirations.”
We caught up with Zendaya at a special screening of the new DCOM “Zapped” the day after the news was announced, so you know we had to ask her about it. “To know that I got the part is amazing but to know that I got it not just because it’s a part to play but because I honestly love her and I feel like she’s inspired so much of my career is amazing.”
Watch a clip of our interview with Zendaya below and stay tuned for the full interview.
PS, Zendaya was also just announced as the new face of Madonna’s clothing line Material Girl! Congrats on everything Z.