Zendaya opens up about people thinking she's "mean" and "cold"

Daniella Scott
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From Cosmopolitan

Euphoria star Zendaya has opened up about being perceived as "cold" and "mean" by people in Hollywood, explaining that it's actually down to anxiety and shyness, something she has struggled with since she was a child, when she attended counselling to help with her confidence.

During an interview with GQ, Zendaya spoke about her struggle with shyness, saying that it's still something she is grappling with, particularly in an industry that demands so much of you, and recalled a time when a stylist commented on it.

"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," she explained. "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."

Elsewhere in the interview, Zendaya details how she struggled so much with her shyness as a child that she attended counselling, but that she is better now at speaking her mind, a something she likens to Marie - the character she plays in her upcoming Netflix film, Malcolm & Marie in which she stars alongside Tenet star John David Washington.

The romantic drama will be an intense exploration of the relationship of filmmaker Malcolm (Washington) and his girlfriend Marie (Zendaya) throughout the course of one night. Netflix describes the film as "a film of rare originality" and "an ode to the great Hollywood romances as well as a heartfelt expression of faith in the medium's future".

Malcolm & Marie will land on Netflix on February 5.

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