Zendaya is praising women of Hollywood for helping protect her from sexual harassment by speaking out about their own experiences.
The actress reacts to recent allegations of harassment during a cover interview for the new issue of InStyle.
“The bravery of the women who came forward is a huge step toward making sure it’s safer for me and other young women who are just coming up,” the 21-year-old star says. “I’m at that prime age right now. Twenty-one. Starting off. That’s when people take advantage and abuse their power and do terrible sh*t. I think it’s definitely a sisterhood.”
While being possibly prone to inappropriate behavior is a downside to being a successful young woman in Hollywood, Zendaya also discusses some of the favorable parts of her status and fame -- like having others look up to her.
“I realize that [being a role model] is actually a huge part of the job,” she says. “You sign up for that. You’re being watched. You can choose to accept that and appreciate it, or you can choose not to … I choose to acknowledge it.”
“I just try to live, and, you know, sh*t happens,” she adds about the legacy she hopes to leave. “I’ve said it a million times, but I’d rather be known for the active change I’ve made than for what my name stands for.”