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Zendaya says she wants to make a ‘simple love story about two Black girls’

The actor hints at future plans to direct in a new conversation with her Euphoria co-star Colman Domingo

As if Zendaya didn’t already have her hands full juggling season two of Euphoria, massive feature films such as Dune, and being a literal fashion icon, the actor now appears to have her sights set on directing. Specifically, she says that she’s got ideas for “a simple love story about two Black girls”.

Speaking to her Euphoria co-star Colman Domingo for an Interview cover story, Zendaya explains that she doesn’t “necessarily have a plan” for the next stage of her career. “I’ve never really thought, ‘I have to do this by this time and I want to do this by that time,’” she adds. “I just want to do the things that make me happy and bring me joy and fulfill me as an artist, as a person. So, I keep that loose, because if one day it turns into a completely different career path, then I would allow myself to do that.”

Apparently, one of these career paths could include getting behind the camera, instead of acting in front of it. “The idea of trying to direct in the future excites me,” she says. “That’s why I’m on set so much. When I’m not in it, I’m right there trying to learn. I go around and I ask our crew members, ‘What are you doing today? Can you explain it to me?’”

“The hope is that I’ll be able to, one day, make the things that I want to see.”

One of those things is the aforementioned love story. Expanding on her vision for the romance, Zendaya adds: “I don’t want it to be rooted in anything other than just a story about two people falling in love and that’s it. Something simple and beautiful, that leaves you happy and wanting to fall in love yourself.”

The “traumatic side” of relationships is important to talk about, she continues (and, of course, Euphoria serves us plenty of that). However, she suggests that she would like to see a simpler coming-of-age story, “where awkward and funny things happen, just like when any other young person is trying to figure out who they are”.

“Our existence is broad and expansive and beautiful, and to see all the different emotional colors of what it means to be a young Black girl — I would like to see that, because I don’t think I’ve seen many depictions of it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Zendaya discusses the impact that media such as films and TV series’ can have on our lives, and returns to the importance of depicting diverse stories onscreen. “Hopefully my ability to be a storyteller, to make those stories that I haven’t seen, to showcase different forms of Black love and the different colors of our emotional experience — that will be my speaking out,” she says. “That’s my action.”

Needless to say, Zendaya’s directorial debut can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, though, we do have new episodes of Euphoria  — premiering January 9, 2022 — to look forward to. Revisit the intense teaser for season two here.