For Zendaya, Malcolm & Marie Marks a Big First

To mark the premiere of Malcolm & Marie, Zendaya took to Instagram to express her gratitude for everyone who worked on the film, which was produced entirely in and during quarantine.

“Full of excitement and nervousness as this lil movie we made in lockdown with people I love is coming out in the next few hours,” she began a caption for a clip from the black-and-white film costarring John David Washington and directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson.

She continued with some personal reflection on her nerves. “Nervousness for a few reasons. Normally I’m pretty self-critical and that leads me to be far too fearful to make things myself or trust myself enough to even try. This is really my first time believing that maybe I could. This is my first time being a leading lady, but also my first time being this creatively involved in something, producing something, co-financing something, owning something and sharing it all with my crew.”

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The Emmy-winning actress noted that the film was produced in 14 days with a 22-person crew. As previously reported, everyone on set had to diligently adhere to safety precautions—like social distancing, frequent testing, quarantine, and frequent equipment sanitation—for the film, which was shot at the Caterpillar House in Carmel, California.

Zendaya added that she’s “eternally grateful” for her crew. “For their talent, their time, their hard work, and their willingness to believe in this film,” she continued. “If there’s anything to learn from this year, and I hope from our little movie, it’s gratitude for every moment and every person we get to love. To stop and acknowledge the people in our lives who make it possible to do the work we do and honestly, make life worth living. It comes in many forms and sometimes it’s just a thank you.

“All that being said, on behalf of our little crew of 22, we hope you laugh (please laugh lol) and cry and hopefully enjoy this little thing we made with a whole lot of love.” She endearingly signed the message, “Love Maree (I spell mine with two E’s).”

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