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John David Washington Addresses Criticism About Age Difference With 'Malcolm & Marie' Co-Star Zendaya

John David Washington is addressing some backlash.

The 36-year-old actor stars opposite 24-year-old Zendaya, who plays his girlfriend in the upcoming Sam Levinson relationship drama Malcolm & Marie, which resulted in some criticism upon the debut of the trailer.

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John reacted to the criticism during an interview with Variety.

“I wasn’t concerned about it because she is a woman. People are going to see in this film how much of a woman she is. She has far more experience than I do in the industry. I’ve only been in it for seven years. She’s been in it longer, so I’m learning from her. I’m the rookie,” he said.

“I was leaning on her for a lot. Some of the stories she’s shared about what she’s had to go through with Twitter and everything. I appreciated her wisdom and discernment when it comes to this business. I admire that. What I’m really excited for people to see when the film is released – they’re going to see how mature she is in this role, We’re talking about versatility, and Sam and Zendaya brought both.”

The two co-stars could make Oscars history in more than one way with their performance.

Zendaya Explains Why Some People In Hollywood Thought She Was 'Cold' & 'Mean'

Zendaya is on the cover of GQ and is opening up about being shy as a child and how that impacted her over the years.

“In this industry, I had to learn how to do small talk and stuff, because I guess I would kind of come off cold to people because I didn’t really know how to start conversation,” the 24-year-old Emmy Award winner told the magazine. “I remember my stylist was like, ‘You come off kind of cold. People think you’re mean because you don’t talk,’ when really I just was too nervous.”

Zendaya added about a recent game she played and how proud she is when her fans watch her work.

“I played this card-game thing recently, We’re Not Really Strangers, or whatever it’s called,” she said. “One of the questions was ‘What’s a random compliment that strangers give you that makes you feel good?’

“For me, it’s when people say that their kids watched me. They just say, ‘We’re really proud of you, girl. We’re proud of you. Keep doing what you’re doing. I see you.’ I’m just like ‘Aw, thank you!’

“I feel like everyone at that moment becomes my auntie, and I’m just like, ‘Oh, my God, I want to make you proud.’ You know? But that stuff really means a lot to me. I think…that me wanting to control everything is just not wanting to fuck up. Not wanting to let anybody down,” she said.

Find out how Zendaya and her Malcolm & Marie co-star John David Washington could make history this awards season!

Zendaya & John David Washington Could Make Oscar History In More Ways Than One For 'Malcolm & Marie'

Zendaya and John David Washington are making headlines for their upcoming film, Malcolm & Marie, which is being eyed for award season in 2021.

The two stars are also being touted for accolades of their own from the movie, including for the Oscars.

Variety is also saying that if Malcolm & Marie is nominated, both stars would make history in more ways than one. Here’s how:

For John David, should Malcolm & Marie be nominated alongside Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for Best Picture, that would make him and his father, Denzel Washington, the first father-son pairing nominated ever, as both of them are also producers on their movies.

For Zendaya, as a producer as well, she would be the second Black woman to be nominated in the category and also be the most nominated Black woman in a single year in history if she also gets a Best Actress nom, tying Mary J. Blige.

The list goes on for Zendaya, including that she would be the youngest female producing nominee in the category’s history; and if nominated for both picture and actress, she would be the first woman to be nominated for acting and producing.

Zendaya could potentially also be the first actress since Helen Mirren to win an Emmy and an Oscar in the same year.

She picked up the Emmy in fall 2020 for her role as Rue in Euphoria. But here’s why she’s not halfway to EGOT status just yet…

Watch the first trailer for Malcolm & Marie here, and tune in for the movie, debuting on February 5 on Netflix.

Zendaya & John David Washington's Netflix Movie 'Malcolm & Marie' Gets First Trailer - Watch Now!

The first trailer for Zendaya and John David Washington‘s upcoming two-person film Malcolm & Marie, which they shot at the beginning of the pandemic, has been released.

The movie was written and directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson and it was made in secret during June and July 2020. All proper protocols were followed to keep everyone safe during the pandemic and the cast only features the two stars!

Zendaya recently chatted about how they were able to accomplish the feat at a time when most film and TV shoots were still shut down.

Malcolm & Marie follows a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) who return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love.

The movie will be released on Netflix on February 5.

Click inside to see some stills from the movie… More Here! »

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Zendaya Reveals How 'Malcolm & Marie' Was Made Secretly During the Pandemic

There’s one month left until the release of Zendaya‘s new Netflix movie Malcolm & Marie and she’s opening up about how the film was made in secret at the beginning of the pandemic.

The film was announced publicly in July 2020 after being filmed from June 17 to July 2.

Malcolm & Marie is a two-person film that takes place in one location. The movie follows a filmmaker (John David Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) as they return home from his movie premiere and wait for the reviews to come in. Smoldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning.

Sam Levinson, the creator of Zendaya‘s HBO series Euphoria, wrote and directed the movie.

“We got this idea that we could do a movie in quarantine safely with a very small number of people,” Zendaya told Elle about the film. “We used some crew members from Euphoria who obviously didn’t have a job because filming had stopped. I was fascinated with this idea of shooting a film with just two characters. It was like a play. It was challenging for all of us, because it was shot in just one space. Being quarantined together was great in some ways, because it allowed us to workshop and really dig into the material while we were there.”

On Pharrell‘s new podcast, she added, “We made a bubble. We all quarantined and stayed in this very small area in the middle of nowhere. We shot in this house… we weren’t allowed to leave or go anywhere.”

“I’m doing my own hair and makeup in the bathroom and brought a lot of my clothes to help with set [decoration],” Zendaya said (via Page Six).

She also added that there was no assistant director on the project, “so we’re figuring out continuity and stuff like that on our own.”

Zendaya is being considered a Best Actress frontrunner for the upcoming Oscars! The movie is being released on Netflix on February 5.

'Dune' Could Still End Up in Theaters & Not Stream on HBO Max - Here's How

Dune producers and director Denis Villeneuve are not happy with Warner Bros’ decision to move the movie to HBO Max for streaming in October 2021, foregoing a major wide release.

If you missed it, HBO Max and Warner Bros. struck a deal to have every one of their movies stream on the platform, in addition to being released in theaters simultaneously.

Now, a source is speaking out about what might happen with Dune and Godzilla Vs Kong specifically.

According to Deadline, “Legendary is in a big fight that might result in lawsuits after it financed 75% of tentpoles ‘Dune’ and ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ and was completely blindsided. Rumors have the solution to that breach being to preserve ‘Dune’ as a traditional theatrical to preserve its franchise potential and since its October 1 release date falls well after the estimated late spring date when Covid vaccines should achieve herd immunity. ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ might stay an HBO Max hybrid in its May 21 slot, but only if Warner Bros. makes a deal with Legendary that uses as a base the $250 million value established when the film was shopped earlier to Netflix.”

The reason Dune producers are not happy with the streaming decision is reportedly because they believe it could hurt the ability to make the film into a franchise.

The Next 'Euphoria' Special Episode Will Focus on Hunter Schafer's Jules, Release Date Revealed

HBO just revealed some big details about the upcoming second special episode of Euphoria!

The episode will be titled “F*ck Anyone Who’s Not A Sea Blob” and it follows Hunter Schafer‘s character Jules over the Christmas holiday as she reflects on the year.

Hunter co-wrote the special episode with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson and she’s serving as co-executive producer of the episode! Both special episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines.

The first of the two special episodes, which focused on Zendaya‘s character Rue, was released this past weekend and you can stream it now on HBO Max. The second episode will debut on HBO on Sunday, January 24 at 9pm ET/PT and it will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

ARE YOU EXCITED for the upcoming episode of Euphoria?

Check out the new poster, plus images from the last episode, in the gallery… More Here! »

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