Timothée Chalamet Interviews Zendaya for Her December Cover of Elle

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2020 is Zendaya’s year, and Elle Magazine is further proving that by securing the actress as their December cover star.

This year, Zendaya has been all over the headlines. Firstly, with her involvement in the highly-awaited Dune adaption, and most recently with her Emmy win for her portrayal of Rue in HBO’s Euphoria.

Now, Zendaya is gracing the cover of Elle with her presence, and fans are loving it.

Styled by Law Roach for the issue, the actress dons high fashion brands such as Chanel and Dior while pairing them with sneakers. Elle revealed the cover star with the caption, “Bow Down, It’s Zendaya.”

For the issue, Zendaya spoke with her Dune co-star, Timothée Chalamet, about her much deserved Emmy win. Starting the conversation, Chalamet brought up her highly publicized acceptance speech in which the actress said there is “hope in young people.”

“Well, my intention there was really just to be honest, because it feels like a very hopeless time, specifically in the US. I know a lot of my peers feel enraged and exhausted and tired of living and growing up in a system that feels like it wasn’t built for us,” Zendaya said. “At this moment in time, it is hard to find joy and beauty in things, and I really think that is important. Right now, we as Black people need to embrace joy and not let it be taken away from us.”

Chalamet shifted to ask the actress how she deals with joy in her own life during this time of uncertainty.

“I experience moments of joy when I’m able to create art and be involved in projects that I connect to deeply, whether it be Euphoria or Malcolm & Marie,” Zendaya said. “Another thing that gives me joy is seeing people’s responses to my work. With Euphoria, it’s been incredibly moving to see how people connected to what Sam has written. I’ve heard so many beautiful stories about addiction and recovery, and that brings me hope.”

During the interview, Zendaya also revealed that she had to quarantine with Malcolm & Marie co-star, John David Washington, during filming earlier this year.

“I was fascinated with the idea of shooting a film with just two characters. It was like a play.” Zendaya said. “It was challenging for all of us because it was shot in just one space. We all had to quarantine together, and there were a million COVID-19 tests and nobody was able to leave the property that we were staying on. But that was great, in some ways, because it allowed us to workshop and really dig into the material while we were there.”

Elle’s December issues will hit newsstands on November 10. To keep up with Zendaya’s growing career, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.