Zendaya Explains Why Some People In Hollywood Thought She Was ‘Cold’ & ‘Mean’

Zendaya is on the cover of GQ and is opening up about being shy as a child and how that impacted her over the years.

“In this industry, I had to learn how to do small talk and stuff, because I guess I would kind of come off cold to people because I didn’t really know how to start conversation,” the 24-year-old Emmy Award winner told the magazine. “I remember my stylist was like, ‘You come off kind of cold. People think you’re mean because you don’t talk,’ when really I just was too nervous.”

Zendaya added about a recent game she played and how proud she is when her fans watch her work.

“I played this card-game thing recently, We’re Not Really Strangers, or whatever it’s called,” she said. “One of the questions was ‘What’s a random compliment that strangers give you that makes you feel good?’

“For me, it’s when people say that their kids watched me. They just say, ‘We’re really proud of you, girl. We’re proud of you. Keep doing what you’re doing. I see you.’ I’m just like ‘Aw, thank you!’

“I feel like everyone at that moment becomes my auntie, and I’m just like, ‘Oh, my God, I want to make you proud.’ You know? But that stuff really means a lot to me. I think…that me wanting to control everything is just not wanting to fuck up. Not wanting to let anybody down,” she said.

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