Zendaya has admitted she has an “obsession” with TV icon Oprah Winfrey, and insisted the global star feels like everyone’s “auntie”
The Spider-Man: Homecoming actress has been inspired by the motivational legend, and explained that a big part of that is how she retains a “level of realness” despite the range and variety of the projects she takes on.
Speaking to Glamour magazine, Zendaya said: “I am inspired right now by people who use their platforms: If people know your name, they should know it for a reason.
“I’m obviously inspired by my mother, and I have an obsession with Oprah. She’s someone who, even with everything stacked against her, has soared to unbelievable heights.
“If she wants to create a network, she can do it. She wants to produce a movie? She can do it. But then also there’s this level of realness to her. You feel like she’s your auntie.”
Zendaya – who has starred in Disney Channel show KC Undercoversince January 2015 – also cited Beyonce and former First Lady Michelle Obama as her heroes, and called for the latter to follow in the footsteps of her husband Barack by running for president.
Discussing the stars who inspire her, she added: “Beyoncé. She took it to the next level with Lemonade. She’s got twins, and she’s banging. She’s killing it.
“And, of course, Michelle Obama, because that is an intelligent woman… She’s my president. Who is going to convince her to run?”
Meanwhile, Zendaya turned 21 last month but she has revealed she has no plans “to start throwing ‘em back” because she wants to be in “control of herself and her decisions.”
Writing on her blog, she shared: “Today I turn 21! Holla!!! But just because I’m now the legal drinking age, doesn’t mean I’m going to start throwing ‘em back. I don’t plan to start drinking.
“My life is too stressful to need help with relaxing by having a cocktail. This industry is way too nuts for me to not be in control of myself and my decisions, so I just don’t want to introduce drinking! Plus, I don’t want drinking to become a vice. Why try something if you don’t need it?! (sic)”