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Zendaya opens up on having hope in young people and embracing joy: ‘We can’t let it be taken away from us’

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Zendaya reflected on her historic Emmys win (Picture: ELLE/ MICAIAH CARTER)

Zendaya has opened up about her hopes for the young people and how she embraces joy despite a difficult year.

The actress, 24, who in September became the youngest woman to win best actress in a drama series at the Emmys for her portrayal of teenage drug addict Rue in HBO’s Euphoria, used her speech to share her faith in young people amid the turmoil of 2020.

Speaking to Timothée Chalamet for the December issue of Elle, Zendaya explained the message of her speech on the night: ‘My intention there was really just to be honest, because it feels like a very hopeless time, specifically in this country.

‘I know a lot of my peers feel enraged and exhausted and tired of living and growing up in a system that feels like it wasn’t built for us.

‘At this moment in time, it is hard to find joy and beauty in things, and I really think that is important. Right now, we as Black people need to embrace joy and not let it be taken away from us.’

Zendaya had been up against Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, Ozark’s Laura Linney, The Crown’s Olivia Colman and The Morning Show’s Jennifer Aniston for the Emmy, which she celebrated in her living room with her family via video link.

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The actress wants to use her platform to spread hope (Picture: ELLE/ MICAIAH CARTER)

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Zendaya believes the younger generation are even more switched on to the issues the world is facing (Picture: ELLE/ MICAIAH CARTER)

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The actress is the cover star for Elle’s December issue (Picture: ELLE/ MICAIAH CARTER)

Zendaya also stressed the importance of using her platform to spread hope, adding: ‘I find hope in my peers, the people who are out there on the streets doing the work—people I admire and I go to for advice and information on what’s happening, so that I can make sure I’m using my platform in the most strategic way I can to help.

‘There is so much hope in young people, and when I say young people, I do mean myself—people my own age—but I also mean younger.

‘These really young kids are so smart and have such a clear understanding and plan for how they want this world to change. Even my little nieces!

‘They are so aware, and I mean, I can take credit for some of that, because I’ve been schooling them. But they also have their own point of view. We have discussions about [the world]. They know what’s up, and they want to be part of that change.’

Zendaya’s full interview is in the December issue of ELLE, on sale from November 10, 2020.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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