Zendaya Wishes She Had Michael Jackson's Dance Moves

The Disney star and multi-hyphenate ‘Dancing with the Stars’ vet Zendaya Coleman remembers her first audition — the silkworm in her school production of ‘James and the Giant Peach’ — and her surprising reaction to Michael Jackson’s death in an intimate video interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 3/9/2016

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Starring: Zendaya

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Well technically,
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the first thing I ever auditioned for
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was the school play.
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It was James and the Giant Peach.
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Obviously, I auditioned for
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more of a leading role,
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but I ended up getting the silk worm.
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And I didn't have any lines,
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but you know what?
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I was killin it.
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I was reacting,
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and giving face,
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and being the best dang silkworm there was.
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So, that was my first audition.
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I always danced.
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I always danced around my house everywhere
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but I didn't actually start dancing-dancing
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until I was like eight years old.
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I started in a hip-hop dance troupe in Oakland,
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and that's kind of how I started,
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you know, my dance life.
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Ever since I was little,
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my dad was always,
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his dream for me
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was to become the first woman in the NBA.
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That wasn't gonna happen.
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So I decided,
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to go more of the artsy route.
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I've always been a hip-hop dancer,
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so when Dancing With the Stars came around
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it was quite a
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a journey.
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Because I was obviously,
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not used to that type of movement.
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At all.
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It's pretty much,
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the exact opposite
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of anything I've ever learned in life.
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Plus on top of that,
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I was going to school.
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So, I was only 16 years old.
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So, going to school, learning these dances every week,
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it was a lot,
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but, now I can say I'm ballroom trained.
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Everything was really bedazzled
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but I think
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that's just how they do things over there.
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But one thing I did not do,
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I was like Guys I'm not getting a spray tan.
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I'm half-black.
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I don't need a tan.
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I'm good.
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My naturally glow.
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From melanin.
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I attempt to do Michael turns,
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My turns are not as smooth as Michael Jackson
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I don't think anybody
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will ever be as smooth as Michael Jackson.
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Because he just kinda
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And I'm doin that on a chair people.
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Okay?
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He did it without a chair.
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He did it with his feet.
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No, I was never Michael Jackson for Halloween,
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it's was funny because I actually
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went through a phase in like sixth grade.
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When he passed away,
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I like
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I went through a phase of
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dressing like him?
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Like every day.
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It was a little weird,
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but I did it in a cute way.
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It wasn't in a creepy way.
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I just
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I watched This is It,
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like five times in theaters.
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And I like wore,
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black skinny jeans
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and like kind of loafer-y kind of shoes.
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And some type of milliary-esque jacket.
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So it was cute,
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but it was Michael Jackson.
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No glitter socks.
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Only at night, only at night