Lonely? Try Euphoria star Zendaya’s quarantine fix to channel creativity

The Euphoria actress missed acting so much she decided to get into roleplay...

Zendaya attends The Launch of Solar Dream hosted by Fendi on February 05, 2020 in New York City
(Image credit: JP Yim / Stringer Getty)

Whether you live alone or have someone to share your space with, there comes a time when you're left with just your own company and even Netflix or the best meditation apps can't help ease the stress of wanting to fill the void.

So what do you do? Well, Zendaya is so used to being around people, working on set as an actress that she's revealed her own struggles with not working due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But instead of baking another cake or taking part in the one-millionth Zoom quiz, in quarantine, Zendaya decided to hone her skills and boost her mood at the same time.

Speaking to Variety, Zendaya revealed a genius trick to help her cope with production shutting down on Season 2 of HBO series Euphoria two days before shooting was due to being last March.

She missed acting so much that she decided to do something about it. "I was definitely itching to do what I love because I hadn't been able to do it for so long. I live with my assistant, who's also like a brother to me," she said. "I told him, 'I’ll do some physical activity — I think it's good for me."

But instead of getting stuck into a workout, she dug out her hair-pieces and wigs and got stuck into role play.

She explained: "I have a whole bunch of wigs, from many years of being on red carpets, and I would put on a different wig and be a different character every day, and put on this performance for him for like an hour every day."

And it appears to have paid off. Not only did playing a new character every day at home during the coronavirus pandemic help her focus on an on-screen return - whenever restrictions allow her to reprise her role as Rue Bennett - but it also helped carve out a new project.

The Emmy winner persuaded Euphoria creator Sam Levinson to help her create a lockdown movie. The result was Malcolm & Marie, in which Zendaya and John David Washington play a couple who return home from his film premiere only for their relationship to be tested as revelations begin to surface. 

It ended up being one of the first movies to be shot under strict Covid-19 protocols, with the cast and few crew members having to isolate in Carmel, California while filming.

Speaking about the unexpected new role, Zendaya said: "[Marie] gave me an opportunity to use these words in a way. I don't yell. I'm not a very argumentative person, but it's nice to just release sh*t and be able to... I guess 'emote' would be the word? To just use her as this vessel to just get sh*t out that maybe I had pent up or hadn't said."

Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.