Publication date December 28, 2023

Controversial Take: Debunking the Zendaya Hype - Is the Actress Really Overrated?

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman who is currently dating Tom Holland, also commonly known as Zendaya, is a talented American actress, singer, and model. Her career started hitting off with Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom "Shake It Up" and has since gone on to star in a number of popular and critically acclaimed films and television series, like "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Euphoria," and "Malcolm & Marie." Despite her undeniable success, there is an unpopular opinion among some viewers that Zendaya is overhyped and overrated. Let's jump in to understand why!


Source: E! Online

Limited Range as an Actress

Zendaya is a talented actress, there’s no denying that, but some people argue that her range is somewhat limited. In many of her roles, she has played characters who are closed, reserved, introspective, and emotionally guarded. While this may work well for some roles, it can make it difficult for her to effectively portray complex characters who are more outgoing, or expressive. While this lack of range may be partly due to her limited experience as an actress, it has led people to question whether she truly deserves the level of acclaim and attention that she is receiving

Lack of Challenging Roles

Another major reason why some critics believe that Zendaya is overhyped is that she has yet to take on truly challenging roles. While she has portrayed her talent in a number of different genres, such as comedy, drama, and action, many of her roles have been fairly straightforward and defined. Some have argued that she has not yet been given the chance to show what she is truly capable of as an actress and putting her on a pedestal before she’s had to do that is unnecessary. 

Too much popularity

As with any young actress who rises to fame quickly, there is a risk of overexposure and overpromotion. The media has been too quick to anoint Zendaya as the next big thing in Hollywood, and this has led to unrealistic expectations and undue pressure on her. It is worth noting, however, that many of her fans and supporters argue that her talent and hard work justify the attention that she has received.

Limited Vocal Range as a Singer

Not only has Zendaya flared in the film industry, but she is also known for her singing abilities. She has given us a number of hit singles and albums over the years and has even collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry. However, some argue that her vocal range is limited, and it is difficult for us to see how she can stand out as a singer. She has a pleasant voice agreed, and she can even carry a tune but she lacks the power and range of some of her peers in the music industry. 

While it is nice to see young actresses being recognized and celebrated for their talent and hard work, there are some legitimate reasons to question whether Zendaya deserves all of the hype and attention that she is getting. Of course, we have nothing personal against her, and opinions about Zendaya's talent may vary person-to-person, and only time will tell whether she will continue to rise to the top of Hollywood's A-list or not!

Let us know on your thoughts in the comments below!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. Is Zendaya actually a good actress?

Zendeya has won many prestigious awards for her performance.  But aside from her role in Euphoria, her other acting credentials are not that great and she has not represented a wide range of emotions besides being depressed. Although, she’s made smart moves like doing projects like Dune or Spider-Man, her screen time is very limited and her characters are not thet flushed out. 

Q. Why is Zendaya so popular?

Zendeya is so popular because of her talent, activism, relatability, and ability to connect with people on multiple levels. Her Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award for "Euphoria" solidified her acting skills and gained significant popularity. She first became popular on Disney Channel with her show “Shake It Up” through a combination of her acting and dancing abilities as well as her relatable and likable character. 

Q. Are Zendeya and Tom Halland together?

Yes, as of December 2023, Zendeya and Tom Holland are still together. The two haven’t announced any breakup or change in their relationship status. 

Q. Is Zendeya Overrated?

It’s hard to tell whether Zendeya is overrated or not, as it is a subjective question and depends on individual preferences and what factors you consider to assess her accomplishments. However many argue that Zendeya is overrated because of her limited experience, overhyped due to social media, and also critics mention she often portrays strong-willed young women and hasn't yet shown a wide range of acting abilities.

Q. Who is the most underrated actress in Hollywood?

It’s hard to tell who the most underrated actress in Hollywood is, as it entirely depends on individual preferences and what criteria you use to assess "underrated." However, according to several sources, there are a few actresses that one might consider underrated including, Florence Pugh, Tatiana Maslany, Hailee Steinfeld, and Carey Mulligan.

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