Zendaya responds to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ casting controversy and MJ rumors

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The Hollywood Reporter interviewed actress and singer Zendaya for their Next Gen 2016 issue; with her and Tom Holland making the cover. She opened up about Spider-Man: Homecoming and her role in the film.

When asked about what she thought of the controversy surrounding her supposedly playing Mary Jane Watson, she responded by saying:

“People are going to react over anything. But nothing [about who she is playing] is fact. It’s like, you guys are just making shit up at this point and then reacting to it. Whenever we were on set, one of us gets some random character name [on the call sheet]. [Bloggers were] like, “Oh they must be so and so.” And we just crack up about it, because it’s like, “Whatever you want to think. You’ll find out.” It’s funny to watch the guessing game. But of course there’s going to be outrage over that because for some reason some people just aren’t ready. I’m like, “I don’t know what America you live in, but from what I see when I walk outside my streets of New York right now, I see lots of diversity and I see the real world and it’s beautiful, and that’s what should be reflected and that’s what is reflected so you’re just going to have to get over it.”

In addition, she also made some comments about her character. When asked if her character was romantically involved with Peter Parker, she had this to say:

“No [laughs]. My character is not romantic. My character is like very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she’s so smart, she just feels like she doesn’t need to talk to people, like “My brain is so far ahead of you that you’re just not really on my level.” So she comes off very weird. But to me, she is very cool because she’s deep. She’s always thinking about something, always reading. I like that. And I also like that I don’t really have to do anything for hair and makeup. I just get to walk in and walk out.”

These comments are quite fascinating to behold. Not only does Zendaya not officially confirm who she’s playing, but the character she describes is very different from what one would expect. She’s not playing a popular high school girl, but more so a character in some ways quite similar to young Peter Parker.

Personally, we can’t wait to see Zendaya in the film. What do you guys think about the interview with Zendaya and her comments? Are you excited to see her in the movie? Sound off in the comments below and on social media!

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter