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Exclusive: Dodged A Bullet? Zendaya Talks Aaliyah Biopic

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At just 18 years old Zendaya is taking control of her career. Her first order of business? Ditch that Aaliyah biopic that was making her “miserable”.

There was a brief moment in time when the Disney actress was set to star as Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic, but after endless backlash and the disapproval of the late singer’s family, Zendaya decided the project wasn’t right for her. “I think that it is extremely important to follow your gut, follow your Olivia Pope gut … I didn’t feel good about it and I feel like it’s important for me to stand up for myself,” Z told HipHollywood, “I’m just lucky that I have people around me that agree with me and were on my side. I have great parents who listen to me and they saw me be miserable and not be happy and not wake up and want to do something and that’s why you have to be able to trust yourself to make those decisions.”

Zendaya is also making grown woman decision on her new show K.C. Undercover. Not only is she the star, but she’s also a producer on the project. Check back to HipHollywood on Friday to see our exclusive set visit with the multi-talented teen.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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