Zendaya may be the talk of Tinseltown — but talking is something she struggles with.

The star worries she gives people the wrong impression because of her nervousness.

The 24-year-old — who is garnering serious Oscar buzz for her role in romantic drama Malcolm & Marie — revealed her stylist told her she was seen as ‘mean’ because she didn’t talk much on set.

But Zendaya, who also starred in The Greatest Showman and TV hit Euphoria, says she is simply too nervous to strike up some casual chit-chat.

‘In this industry, I had to learn how to do small talk and stuff, because I guess I would kind of come off cold to people because I didn’t really know how to start conversation,’ she said.

‘My stylist was like, “You come off kind of cold. People think you’re mean because you don’t talk”, when really I just was too nervous.’

The pandemic means the former Disney teen star has had to face up to who she really is away from movie sets.

‘Lockdown was my first time just being like, “OK, who am I without this?” which is a very scary thing to confront and work through, because I don’t really know Zendaya outside of the Zendaya who works,’ she explained to GQ.

‘I didn’t realise how much my job and my art were a part of my identity as a human.

‘I feel most like myself when I’m working. I felt like, when I wasn’t working, my powers had gone away, and I was like, “Who the f***?”’

More Guilty Pleasures…

One connection! Zayn shares his phone number

Hello? Is it Zayn you’re looking for? Zayn Malik channelled his inner Lionel Richie as he shared his phone number with fans… at least technically.

The Vibez singer, 28, went back to the heyday of ’90s hotlines to promote his new album Nobody Is Listening by inviting fans to call him and hear some previews.

Posh: Elton showed me I should say Goodbye

Victoria Beckham has revealed the moment she realised she needed to leave the Spice Girls.

Posh, 46, has forged a career in fashion since quitting, and it seems Sir Elton John, 73, was partly behind her move.

Writing a letter to her future self in Vogue, she called watching Elton on stage in Vegas a ‘life-changing moment’.

She added: ‘He performed Tiny Dancer as if it were the first time, this was like oxygen for him. While singing and dancing was fun for you, it wasn’t your passion… it was time to step away.’

Lana goes on the defensive… again

Dug deeply enough yet, Lana?

The singer, 35, continued her crusade against critics of the artwork for Chemtrails Over The Country Club by defending herself against those attacking the fact that she earlier defended herself over something no-one even attacked her for.


Keeping up?

Del Rey told BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac: ‘I knew what people were going to say.’

Squeaky (clean) bum time, Kate

Feline fine? Kate Beckinsale was videoed mimicking her cat, Clive, as he groomed himself. ‘By the time we get through Covid I hopefully will have learned how to nonchalantly groom my own anus,’ said Kate, 47.

Nicola, fighting ire with fire…

Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan defended its colour-blind casting.

Nicola, 34, told This Morning that if viewers can accept dragons on Game of Thrones, they can accept ‘a black queen and a black duke’.

Healy puts out the welcome Matt

Could we soon be hearing new tunes from The 1975?

Frontman Matt Healy was on Instagram talking up some big collaborations in the pipeline, including Charli XCX and Beabadoobee.

Matt, 31, posted: ‘Very excited about new music in the coming months with some brilliant artists.’

■ Tat will do! Brooklyn Beckham’s latest tattoo has gone down a storm with his fiancée Nicola Peltz. 
The 21-year-old’s new inking, a birthday present for Nicola, is the name of her grandmother Gina, who died last year. 
Nicola, 26, was clearly touched by the gesture as she paid tribute to Brooklyn on Instagram, declaring it the ‘best birthday gift’.

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