Zendaya, the Emmy-winning star of the hit HBO series Euphoria, just gained some serious respect from fans far and wide with her deft answer to an interview question that was packed with some implicit biases.
Without skipping a beat, Zendaya untangled the question to make her own answer an inclusive, supportive statement of LGBTQ people and their sexuality.
As Pink News reported, Zendaya's heads-up response came when she participated in Vanity Fair's "Proust Questionnaire," a video series in which the magazine asked several Hollywood stars 35 deep-diving questions about their lives and relationships.
Zendaya, charming as ever, plowed through the first 11 questions until she hit number 12, when the interviewer asked which quality she "likes most in a man?"
That one gave Zendaya pause:
"I most like in a person, how about that?"
She then moved on to her answer.
"What is the quality I most like in someone?"
"Some people are just good people, and you can feel it," she added. "I don't know how to explain that, but there's this little spark that they have or this little special thing that they have that just feel safe and happy around them."
See the exchange below.
So true zendaya https://t.co/RDFbr26AGj— zendaya as ronnie= serve (@zendaya as ronnie= serve) 1614085798.0
In an apparent attempt to recover, the interviewer then asked Zendaya specifically what qualities she liked in a woman.
Zendaya simply said her answer wouldn't change.
People on Twitter rejoiced upon seeing the 24-year-old's graceful act of inclusion.
@petermjsaddict zendaya screamed LGBTQIA+ rights— NOW (@NOW) 1614159973.0
@petermjsaddict WE WON https://t.co/DMaO7H2ZQF— aalani. (@aalani.) 1614182456.0
@petermjsaddict @VanityFair You’re still asking women these types of questions in interviews?? Really?? Do better.🙄 https://t.co/vYGOjkjNN7— Elle (@Elle) 1614123746.0
Others enjoyed celebrating the moment as Zendaya's indication of her own sexuality.
There is no confirmation of that, but Twitter can dream.
@petermjsaddict https://t.co/oKhp2x1FL7— moon🇵🇸stream dull tool (@moon🇵🇸stream dull tool) 1614110854.0
@petermjsaddict wow I have a chance 🥺— 844 (@844) 1614158546.0
@petermjsaddict https://t.co/UxDdCU5QFg— ✴️ (@✴️) 1614125769.0
It may have just been one brief exchange in one interview of many, but enough moments of quick thinking advocacy like Zendaya's might make questions like that come out with different wording the first time around.