Zendaya, who plays a tennis player in Luca Guadagnino’s latest film, reveals how much it scared her even just pretending to play tennis in front of cameras and a fake audience.
Contrary to what was said before, ApplicantsLuca Guadagnino’s new film will not open the 2023 Venice Film Festival. The film’s release has actually been pushed back to 2024 due to strikes. Meanwhile, the main character Zendaya who plays a tennis player in the film, spoke about how much she has it frightened even just pretend play tennis on set.
In Challengers, Zendaya plays Tasha Duncan, a former tennis prodigy turned coach, and the actress really had to learn how to play the sport to play the role. Despite the three months of relaxation she endured for the film, Zendaya told Elle magazine how frightened and embarrassed she was that she pretended to play tennis on set, even though the ball was even artificial. “The more I had to pretend that I was playing tennis in front of the camera and the public, the more scared I became.“In the movie, basically, Tasha Duncan has to play at the US Open, which meant that Zendaya had to pretend to play tennis in front of a real audience, which scared her even more:”I did fitness, footwork and swing, and I did it in front of a group of people like it was the US Open, I was terrified.— admitted the actress of the saga of Spider-Man.
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The Pretenders was one of the most anticipated films of the year before its release date was pushed back to April 26, 2024 due to studios’ refusal to negotiate with writers and actors amid a historic double strike that effectively shut down Hollywood. As for Zendaya, she’s probably relieved that the world won’t have to see her tennis skills so soon.