For a Disney star, Zendaya is wise beyond her years.
Though she may have gotten her break as the goofy Rocky Blue on "Shake It Up!" in 2010, the 20-year-old isn't defined by her ability to make young people laugh—but it does help her gain their ear.
"Most things I do are funny and I try to make people laugh—that's just me being myself," she said. "But that can lead to real talks and discussions where I can share my knowledge with my audience."
Unlike many other former Disney stars who resent and even reject their status as de facto role models for kids who watch their shows, Zendaya leans into it, going so far as to embrace...