“There is so much hope in young people, and when I say young people, I do mean myself — people my own age — but I also mean younger. These really young kids are so smart and have such a clear understanding and plan for how they want this world to change. Even my little nieces!” she tells Chalamet, who interviewed her over the phone in France. “They are so aware, and I mean, I can take credit for some of that, because I’ve been schooling them. But they also have their own point of view. We have discussions about [the world]. They know what’s up, and they want to be part of that change.”

She said she also experiences joy when she connects deeply to her creative projects, like her quarantine film Malcolm & Marie written and directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson. Zendaya is also gearing up for a couplet of special Euphoria episodes that will bridge the gap between seasons. The first will air on Dec. 6.

“We’re doing a little Christmas special to check in with everybody on Euphoria, until we can get back to [the full production], which probably won’t happen until after I get back from filming the next Spider-Man movie, which is pretty soon,” she said.


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