The INSIDER Summary:
- Zendaya stars in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” as a high school student named Michelle.
- During an interview on Jimmy Fallon Zendaya said she didn’t even know what movie she was auditioning for at first.
- Zendaya said she auditioned for “Girl in Movie.”
Zendaya goes from the Disney Channel to her big screen debut in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” this summer.
The 20-year-old actress plays a mysterious character named Michelle in the final movie, but when she was going in to audition for the part, she was completely in the dark about the movie and role she’d be playing in the Marvel and Sony collaboration.
“I knew I was auditioning for ‘girl in movie,'” Zendaya told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” in June when he asked whether she knew she was going for a role in “Homecoming.”
“It was great to get into character. It really helped,” she joked.
In the film, Zendaya plays a quirky outsider who doesn’t seem to have many friends.
“She’s kind of like a loner. She’s super intellectual, very dry humor, one liners, pops in, pops out and I didn’t even know what kind of character I was gonna play until I got there [to the audition] and got to sign the non-disclosure and then read the script,” she added.
Disney and Marvel are known to have some added secrecy when it comes to its projects. For example, a lot of precautions were taken to ensure a tight lid was kept on secrets from Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” before it debuted in the 2015. Scripts were printed on red paper so they couldn’t be photocopied and the movie tie-in book, which usually has spoilers, was delayed until after the movie came out.
When Zendaya was cast in “Homecoming,” fans were automatically convinced she was playing Mary Jane Watson, one of Peter Parker’s main love interests, but that wasn’t necessarily the case. Her name really is Michelle in the final film, though her identity is one that still has fans buzzing after the movie’s over.
You can watch Zendaya’s interview with Fallon below:
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