Zendaya Refused To Have Her First Kiss Be On A Disney Channel Show

“I remember being on Shake It Up and being like, ‘I’m not gonna do this. I’m going to kiss him on the cheek because I haven’t been kissed yet so I don’t want the kiss to be on camera,’” she told British Vogue.

Zendaya was a Disney Channel star before becoming an Emmy winner and a regular in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shake It Up, which launched to enormous numbers in 2010 (the first episode was seen by 6.2 million viewers) and ran for three seasons, marked the Euphoria actress’s Disney debut. Shake It Up was supposed to be her first kiss because she was still a teenager at the time — until she interfered.


“I remember being on Shake It Up and being like, ‘I’m not gonna do this. I’m going to kiss him on the cheek because I haven’t been kissed yet so I don’t want the kiss to be on camera,’” she told British Vogue.


Zendaya also discussed her interest in directing.


Art, she believes, is “a huge catalyst for change. If I ever do become a film-maker, I know that the leads of my films will always be black women.” And that’s certainly on her list. On set, she likes to sit near the monitors and ask questions about storyboarding shots. “I gotta hurry up and figure out how to f*cking become a director, man. I’m trying, I’m learning every day, I really am. There’s so much I want to do.”

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