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Zendaya Gets Real About Why She Returned To The Disney Channel

"When I left Disney, there weren’t any families of color on the channel."

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Zendaya is one of three celebrities covering Variety magazine's Power of Young Hollywood issue.

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And in her interview, the 20-year-old actress revealed the real reason why she returned to the Disney Channel.

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For those who don't know, Zendaya got her start on the hit show Shake It Up, which ran from 2010-2013 on the Disney Channel.

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And yes, that is Bella Thorne.

And after the show ended, it didn't take long for the California native to become a household name in Hollywood.

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Whether she was recording music, stunting on the red carpet, releasing a clothing line, or nabbing movie roles like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Zendaya was making serious career moves!

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But besides being a renaissance woman, Zendaya has also remained extremely vocal when it comes to topics of injustice and inclusivity.

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Which brings us back to the true reasoning behind her Disney Channel comeback with K.C. Undercover in 2015.

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"When I left Disney, there weren’t any families of color on the channel. That was a big reason why I wanted to come back."

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"I think I’ve successfully made a show that not only allows for representation but sees girls in a powerful and strong position."

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And a powerful position is right! Not only does Zendaya double as a math genius and badass spy on the show...

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...but according to Variety, she only agreed to do the show if they made her a producer. Talk about a woman who goes after what she wants!

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Read more from Zendaya's Variety cover issue here.

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