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Exclusive: Does Zendaya Think She’s Too Grown For Disney?!

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Zendaya is giving Disney another go ’round! The 18 year old star says she returned to the kid-friendly network under one condition…

Z told HipHollywood, “I was like, if I’m going to come back to Disney Channel and keep doing this and I’m going to be a part of it, I wanted to make sure I had creative control,” and that she does! As the star of the new Disney show K.C. Undercover, Zendaya is not only the lead, but she’s a co-producer on the project too.

In the live-action comedy Zendaya plays K.C. Cooper, a teenage spy trying to balance her life as a high school student and a super sleuth. Oddly enough, Zendaya says her role as K.C, is similar to her real life. “In my regular life I’m a little awkward, I’m a little weird, I don’t really have everything together. I’m a typical kid, a normal teenager … I too am always constantly finding the balance.”

The cast also includes Tammy Townsend and Kadeem Hardison as K.C.’s spy parents, Kira and Craig who are a part of the government agency, The Organization. The Cooper family is rounded out with Kamil McFadden who plays K.C.’s genius yet clumsy, spy wanna-be brother, Ernie and Trinitee Stokes who plays the little sister Judy that’s actually a sophisticated android posing as a precocious 8-year-old girl.

Catch K.C. Undercover when it premieres on Sunday, January 18th at 8:30pm on the Disney Channel.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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