Zendaya discusses how Euphoria helped her move on from Disney days

Zendaya’s big break was on the Disney series Shake It Up from 2010 to  2013.

But it wasn’t until her most recent role on the HBO series Euphoria that she felt like her career had matured on from the pre-teen TV show.

The 24-year-old told the Courier Mail on Sunday: ‘I was in a bit of a weird place because I’d kind of finished the ‘old phase’ of my career and I kind of had this big chunk of time with nothing to do and I was quite stressed about it.’

Growing up: Zendaya (pictured) discussed how Euphoria helped her move on from her Disney roles and how she hopes the HBO series has created dialogue about challenge subjects

Growing up: Zendaya (pictured) discussed how Euphoria helped her move on from her Disney roles and how she hopes the HBO series has created dialogue about challenge subjects

Growing up: Zendaya (pictured) discussed how Euphoria helped her move on from her Disney roles and how she hopes the HBO series has created dialogue about challenge subjects

During that ‘chunk of time’ admitted that she read plenty of scripts but couldn’t find anything that sparked her interest, until she came across Sam Levinson’s script for Euphoria.

‘Euphoria was one of the first things that I read and was in it and feeling it the whole way through and I was conscious and aware and I fell in love,’ she said.

The HBO teen series explores mature topics such as sex, drugs, relationships, and identity. 

Mature roles: Her big break was on the Disney series Shake It Up from 2010 to 2013. She said it wasn't until Euphoria that she felt like her career had matured on from the pre-teen TV show

Mature roles: Her big break was on the Disney series Shake It Up from 2010 to 2013. She said it wasn't until Euphoria that she felt like her career had matured on from the pre-teen TV show

Mature roles: Her big break was on the Disney series Shake It Up from 2010 to 2013. She said it wasn’t until Euphoria that she felt like her career had matured on from the pre-teen TV show

Feeling it: She said fell in love with Euphoria's script saying it was 'one of the first things that I read and was in it and feeling it the whole way through and I was conscious and aware and I fell in love,' she said. Zendaya is pictured with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson

Feeling it: She said fell in love with Euphoria's script saying it was 'one of the first things that I read and was in it and feeling it the whole way through and I was conscious and aware and I fell in love,' she said. Zendaya is pictured with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson

Feeling it: She said fell in love with Euphoria’s script saying it was ‘one of the first things that I read and was in it and feeling it the whole way through and I was conscious and aware and I fell in love,’ she said. Zendaya is pictured with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson

In the series, Zendaya plays a teenage drug addict named Rue who struggles with her mental health issues, as well as ADHD.

She told the publication that it was a honour to be part of a show that delves into subject matter that people young are facing and making them feel seen. 

The actress added: ‘I’m sure and I hope that there have been conversations opened, whether it be among parents or families or whatever, just to start that dialogue has been the most valuable and beautiful thing that I think has happened.’ 

Tough role: In the series, Zendaya plays a teenage drug addict named Rue (pictured) who struggles with her mental health issues, as well as ADHD. She said that it was a honour to be part of a show that delves into subject matter that young people are facing

Tough role: In the series, Zendaya plays a teenage drug addict named Rue (pictured) who struggles with her mental health issues, as well as ADHD. She said that it was a honour to be part of a show that delves into subject matter that young people are facing

Tough role: In the series, Zendaya plays a teenage drug addict named Rue (pictured) who struggles with her mental health issues, as well as ADHD. She said that it was a honour to be part of a show that delves into subject matter that young people are facing

Earlier this year, Zendaya won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

She beat out the likes of Olivia Colman, Jennifer Aniston Laura Linney and Sandra – making her the youngest to ever win the accolade.

At the time, the actress said in her acceptance speech: ‘I know that our TV show doesn’t always seem like a great example of that but there is hope in the young people.’

‘And I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire and I thank you,’ she added.

Winner: Earlier this year, Zendaya won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She beat out the likes of Olivia Colman, Jennifer Aniston Laura Linney and Sandra - making her the youngest to ever win the accolade

Winner: Earlier this year, Zendaya won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She beat out the likes of Olivia Colman, Jennifer Aniston Laura Linney and Sandra - making her the youngest to ever win the accolade

Winner: Earlier this year, Zendaya won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She beat out the likes of Olivia Colman, Jennifer Aniston Laura Linney and Sandra – making her the youngest to ever win the accolade

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