Zendaya Says She Would Return To The Disney Channel For This Important Reason

"I think it’s important that young people see themselves on the screen."

Zendaya's Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover just finished its three-season run last week, but the star may not be leaving the network behind entirely. The 21-year-old Greatest Showman actress, who got her start on the Disney series Shake It Up, recently told Entertainment Weekly that she would like to return as a producer for one very important reason.

"I definitely want to maybe produce another show with Disney Channel, maybe develop something or create more stories that I think are powerful roles — especially for women and women of color," she shared. "So, I think it's important that young people see themselves on the screen and are able to relate to that."

Zendaya was already a producer on K.C. Undercover, in which she played a teenage spy. In fact, she told the New York Times last year that a desire to promote diversity influenced her decision to return to the network in the first place.

"The only reason I wanted to come back to the Disney Channel is because there was a lack of diversity at that time," she said. "There weren't any leads or families of color, and I felt like that was something that needed to happen."

As Zendaya told Entertainment Weekly, "The No. 1 thing for this show all along was empowerment — especially female empowerment. I wanted to make sure that there was a strong female character, and I think it's cool that young women and young men can both look up and say, 'Wow, I want to be like this girl.' "

Zendaya previously told Vogue about the demands she made before joining the project. They included not having the character sing or dance, adding, "There are other things that a girl can be." Like, for example, knowing martial arts, which she also requested of the character, as well as being a "brainiac." 

The star has also passed along to her young fans that they have the power to make a difference. "I need you to go ahead and understand that you have a voice, and it is OK to use it when you see something bad happening," she said last year in a Teen Choice Awards speech following the violence in Charlottesville. "So make sure that you stay educated, and you do not let people tell you what you think you should feel."

However Zendaya chooses to use her own voice in the future, we're looking forward to hearing it.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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