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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 3/09/2016

Credit

Starring:

Zendaya

Transcript

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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.
00:06
It was James and the Giant Peach.
00:08
Obviously, I auditioned for
00:09
more of a leading role,
00:11
but I ended up getting the silk worm.
00:14
And I didn't have any lines,
00:16
but you know what?
00:18
I was killin it.
00:19
I was reacting,
00:20
and giving face,
00:21
and being the best dang silkworm there was.
00:24
So, that was my first audition.
00:26
I always danced.
00:27
I always danced around my house everywhere
00:28
but I didn't actually start dancingdancing
00:30
until I was like eight years old.
00:33
I started in a hiphop dance troupe in Oakland,
00:35
and that's kind of how I started,
00:37
you know, my dance life.
00:39
Ever since I was little,
00:41
my dad was always,
00:42
his dream for me
00:43
was to become the first woman in the NBA.
00:45
That wasn't gonna happen.
00:47
So I decided,
00:48
to go more of the artsy route.
00:50
I've always been a hiphop dancer,
00:51
so when Dancing With the Stars came around
00:53
it was quite a
00:55
a journey.
00:57
Because I was obviously,
00:59
not used to that type of movement.
01:01
At all.
01:02
It's pretty much,
01:03
the exact opposite
01:04
of anything I've ever learned in life.
01:06
Plus on top of that,
01:07
I was going to school.
01:07
So, I was only 16 years old.
01:09
So, going to school, learning these dances every week,
01:12
it was a lot,
01:12
but, now I can say I'm ballroom trained.
01:15
Everything was really bedazzled
01:16
but I think
01:17
that's just how they do things over there.
01:19
But one thing I did not do,
01:20
I was like "Guys I'm not getting a spray tan".
01:22
I'm halfblack.
01:23
I don't need a tan.
01:24
I'm good.
01:25
My naturally glow.
01:26
From melanin.
01:28
I attempt to do Michael turns,
01:29
My turns are not as smooth as Michael Jackson
01:31
I don't think anybody
01:32
will ever be as smooth as Michael Jackson.
01:33
Because he just kinda
01:37
And I'm doin that on a chair people.
01:39
Okay?
01:40
He did it without a chair.
01:41
He did it with his feet.
01:43
No, I was never Michael Jackson for Halloween,
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it's was funny because I actually
01:45
went through a phase in like sixth grade.
01:47
When he passed away,
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I like
01:49
I went through a phase of
01:50
dressing like him?
01:52
Like every day.
01:53
It was a little weird,
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but I did it in a cute way.
01:55
It wasn't in a creepy way.
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I just
01:57
I watched This is It,
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like five times in theaters.
02:00
And I like wore,
02:00
black skinny jeans
02:02
and like kind of loafery kind of shoes.
02:05
And some type of milliaryesque jacket.
02:07
So it was cute,
02:09
but it was Michael Jackson.
02:11
No glitter socks.
02:14
Only at night, only at night