Disney's Zendaya on Dancing, Debut Albums, and Being a Role Model

With a starring role in the Disney series Shake it Up, an impressive showing on Dancing with the Stars, a new album and a new book on the way, it seems like there’s nothing Zendaya can’t do. But the 16-year-old didn’t always plan to be an entertainer.

“At first I was supposed to be the first girl in the NBA,” says the 5'10" star. “That died quickly.”

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She fell in love with the arts when her mom worked as a house manager at the California Shakespeare Theater. “I got captivated with it,” Zendaya says. “I was an 8-year-old who liked Shakespeare. That doesn’t usually happen.”

Her growing fame landed her a series on Disney and gave her the chance to compete on Dancing with the Stars as the show’s youngest-ever participant. She balanced schoolwork and practice and made it to the finals – finishing in second place.

While Ali said it seems like the Dancing’s sexy outfits are just held together with “crazy glue, duct tape and staples,” Zendaya insists she had full say over what she wore, and always tried to dress on the modest side. “I’m 16 and I have a lot of young girls watching me,” she says. “It’s important to maintain that. I’m not going to do anything crazy!”

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She’s takes her presence in the spotlight seriously when it comes to her young fans, and looks forward to releasing her new book “Between You and Me” about staying confident in your tween years. “It’s an awkward age. You’re not necessarily a kid, and you’re not necessarily a teen,” she says. “Drama starts, bullying starts... I want to help the younger generation because it’s something that just happened to me.”

To hear about Zendaya’s new album, and find out if she would choose to model her career after Beyonce or Ali, watch this episode of Daily Shot.