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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

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

"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

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

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

"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.

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

Space Jam: A New Legacy hits theaters and HBO Max on July 16.