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Zendaya Coleman is a 16-year old triple threat whose determination has helped her succeed in all aspects of her career. The “Shake It Up” star recently posed for Seventeen magazine, appeared in the new Dr. Dre’s Beats by Dre Color headphones commercial and performed on her Swag It Out Tour. She took time away to chat with scholastic.com about “Shake It Up,” her fans and more. Check out the highlights below:

On “Shake It Up”:

I like the fact, especially this season that we are getting into real issues that teenage girls and families all over the world have to deal with. It’s really nice to see that Rocky and CeCe are not perfect; they have problems. They go through the same things that everyone else goes through and they have to deal with them. I like that it makes our characters real and more relatable to everyone out there.

On being recognized by fans:

Oh yeah, definitely. I love it. I love meeting my fans. That’s the best part. I actually have a lot of fun fan encounters. There have been times when I’ve been at amusements parks and kids cry. It’s amazing. Every encounter with a fan is special. Every single fan is special. I always try my best to see as many as possible even when I’m trying to rush somewhere I stop and make sure I do that. They are why I have my job and why I’m able to do it.

On books that she’s reading now:

Right now, for school I’m reading A Separate Peace (for ages 12 and up). It’s a school book. Actually I thought it was going to be really boring. You know school books. . . ah, school books have nothing to do with real life, but it’s actually really interesting. It has some neat subjects and I love books that are really deep and have a real meaning to them.

To read more with Zendaya, visit scholastic.com.

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