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Zendaya Responded To The Outrage Over Lola Bunny's Appearance In "Space Jam: A New Legacy"

"I didn't know it was going to be as much of a focus as it was."

Lola Bunny got a whole new look just in time for Space Jam: A New Legacy — but no one had any idea it would cause such an uproar.

The new Lola wears a long basketball jersey and has smaller boobs than the original
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Zendaya, the voice behind the iconic character, says she was surprised when there was backlash surrounding Lola's less sexualized look.

Zendaya attends the Space Jam premiere in a colorful jacket and matching shorts
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"I didn't know that was going to happen...I definitely know we love her, but I didn't know it was going to be as much of a focus as it was," Zendaya told Entertainment Weekly.

She continued, "But I understand, because she's a lovable character. She's very important, so I get it."

Zendaya smiles and poses while wearing a beige checked button down and beige cardigan
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Zendaya says she knows that Lola has been a part of a lot of people's childhoods, so she gets "that sense of protection."

"I was like, listen, just as long as I did what the director and the producers and everybody wanted me to do, I'm just here to offer my services," Zendaya joked.

Zendaya softly smiles in black dress with a high neckline
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And although Lola Bunny may be missing her signature crop top in favor of a look more similar to the boys, Zendaya says she appreciates the character just as much as ever.

The old Lola Bunny wears a crop top while posing with Bugs Bunny
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"She's the only girl on the team, kind of holding it down for the ladies — and she's also an incredible player. I think in this reimagining of who she is, it just leans into that a little bit more, the fact that she's got these skills and she's an MVP," Zendaya explained.

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She added, "When we meet here, she's like, 'I'm being a warrior, an Amazon princess, I don't have time for this right now.' But she obviously ends up being such a crucial member of the team and really holding them all together. When they're going off on their looney moments, she brings everyone back."

The new Lola high fives LeBron James
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Space Jam: A New Legacy hits theaters and HBO Max on July 16.

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