Zendaya Reveals Serena Williams’ Reaction to Her Work in ‘Challengers’

LOS ANGELES: Actress Zendaya’s performance in the romantic sports comedy ‘Challengers’ impressed Serena Williams.

The 27-year-old actress revealed that the tennis icon, 42, has seen her final appearance as tennis player and coach Tashi Duncan in the upcoming film and that she is a fan, reports ‘People’ magazine.

Zendaya told ET: “She said, ‘I know there were absolutely no real (tennis) balls. She knows. She’s the best of the best. She did say it was great considering I’ve never touched a tennis ball.” ball forward.”

Previously, Zendaya told the outlet that she was “very nervous seeing my tennis skills,” and apologized “in advance” to Serena and her sister Venus.

According to ‘People’, the actress had fun with Venus on social media earlier this week and at the end of the month. She talked about who specifically inspired her performance in the film, directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Since the film marks Zendaya’s film debut as a mother, she explained that the “moms in my life and around me” were credited with the role.

As she explained, she’s even had some practice taking care of children. “I have a lot of nieces and nephews, so they’re like my borrowed kids, you know? I get to have fun and give them back to their parents,” Zendaya said.

“But I am certainly inspired by the way they approach motherhood.”

Zendaya stars in the romantic sports comedy alongside Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor, with a synopsis noting that the film “follows three players who knew each other as teenagers as they compete in a tennis tournament to become the world-famous grand slam. winner and rekindle old rivalries on and off the field.”

Director Guadagnino, 52, told ‘Variety’ in 2022 that the ‘Dune’ star actually trained for ‘three months’ with professional tennis coach and former player Brad Gilbert for the role, sharing that the team behind the film ‘almost actually don’t use any of her doppelgängers”.

The film also features some intimate scenes, Zendaya explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live, noting that her family was “absolutely” warned about them in advance.

“Well, they know it’s a Rated-R movie, okay, so when I walked in here I was like, ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,’” said Zendaya, who is also a producer of The movie is.

‘But I warned them in advance. It was honestly my favorite part of the evening because I’ve seen the movie many times.”

She added: “I know when the scenes are happening so when those scenes were happening I was just looking at my family because they were standing behind me so I was watching it the whole time, it was hilarious.”