Zendaya says that she’s “A Grownup” to the Backlash about Co-Star’s 12- Year Age Gap
Netflix’s “Malcolm and Marie” receives backlash about the age gap between the leading stars, amidst great critic reviews.
Zendaya’s new Film receives praise and backlash
The upcoming Netflix movie “Malcolm and Marie” has created some of the best critical reviews for the leading stars Zendaya and John David Washington. But the show has also received criticism from social media and some reviews for starring 24-year-old Zendaya as a romantic lead for 36-year-old Washington.
Zendaya stated that she understands where the backlash is coming from, since most of her previous roles have been characters who are in high school or teenagers, famously in HBO’s Euphoria. She told People magazine that it is understandable why people were uncomfortable with the 12-year age gap between the actors but they need to remember that she is an adult and not really a teenager.
Zendaya’s reply to the backlash
The Emmy winning actress said, “People often forget — which is understandable because I’ve been playing 16 since I was 16- I am grown,” Zendaya said, “I knew that, as I grow and as I evolve, there would be that moment where I could play someone my own age.”
Her co-star John David Washington also said similar comments during an interview with Variety, “People are going to see in this film how much of a woman she is,” Washington said. “She has far more experience than I do in the industry. I’ve only been in it for seven years. She’s been in it longer, so I’m learning from her. I’m the rookie. I was leaning on her for a lot.”
Some Great Buzz around “Malcolm and Marie”
The Netflix movie “Malcolm and Marie” was produced during the height of the pandemic last year during the summer. Netflix had bought the distribution rights reportedly for $30 million. The film has already gotten great reviews, with critics and experts raving about Zendaya’s strong performance. There is a lot of Oscar buzz for Zendaya for Best Actress.
The film “Malcolm and Marie” will be available for streaming on Netflix from February 5th.