Zendaya Says Goodbye to Her Disney Days: Inside Her Career Evolution

At 14, Zendaya was cast opposite Bella Thorne on Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. A rising star from the get-go, Zendaya’s charm led to even more roles on Good Luck Charlie, A.N.T. Farm as well as Disney TV movies Frenemies and Zapped. 

Zendaya’s self-titled debut album dropped in 2013; her platinum single “Replay” became an instant hit and peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. That same year, the 16-year-old signed on to compete alongside professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy on season 16 of Dancing With the Stars. As the youngest person to participate in ABC’s dance competition series, Zendaya and Val tangoed their way to second place behind Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough