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Zendaya Responds to 'Spider-Man' Casting Controversy: 'People Are Going to React Over Anything'

by Elisa Osegueda 11:51 AM PST, November 09, 2016
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Zendaya has no time for haters!

The 20-year-old actress opens up in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter about her new role in Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming and addressed the racially charged backlash she's received after rumors surfaced that she might be playing Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker's love interest.

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Photo: The Hollywood Reporter

"People are going to react over anything," she tells the magazine. "But nothing [about who she is playing] is fact. It's like, you guys are just making sh*t up at this point and then reacting to it. It's funny to watch the guessing game."

"But of course there's going to be outrage over that because for some reason some people just aren't ready," she adds. "I'm like, 'I don't know what America you live in, but from what I see when I walk outside my streets of New York right now, I see lots of diversity and I see the real world and it's beautiful, and that's what should be reflected and that's what is reflected so you're just going to have to get over it.'"

Zendaya also confirmed that her character is not romantically involved with Peter Parker, played by Hollywood newcomer Tom Holland.

"My character is not romantic," she explains. "My character is like very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she's so smart, she just feels like she doesn't need to talk to people, like 'My brain is so far ahead of you that you're just not really on my level.' So she comes off very weird. But to me, she is very cool because she's deep. She's always thinking about something, always reading. I like that. And I also like that I don't really have to do anything for hair and makeup. I just get to walk in and walk out."

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Last week, Zendaya spoke with ET about her excitement for the film.

"It's a very exciting project to be a part of especially it being my first big movie," she said. "You know, I couldn't be happier to be part of it. It's an amazing cast, not only are they great actors, but they're great people. [It's] great to work with fun people and be a part of something that you really believe in."

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