“Of course I’ve had a problem with people taking me seriously because of my age”, Zendaya tells us in an exclusive interview. “People are always going do that because you’re less experienced, you haven’t lived as much. And in a sense it is true that there are certain things that you only learn with time. But I think that there are also a lot of things that young people know that older people don’t, and older people will never understand again because they’re in a different section of their lives. I think when you’re young you’re a lot more open-minded, and sometimes you’re a lot more perceptive about what’s going on in the world.”
“Sometimes we think we know too much, but there are people who have done the research, and have used social media for good. So of course young people are not always going to be taken as seriously, but that’s when you have to prove them wrong.”
“It’s important to raise your voice in things you feel passionate about, and things that you know about. Don’t raise your voice just to raise your voice, if have nothing behind it and don’t know what you’re talking about. But if you take the time to learn about something, and educate yourself, then you have a voice, and you’re allowed to use it.”
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