ZENDAYA’S Malcolm & Marie co-star has hit back at critics who slammed the stars’ 12-year-age gap relationship in the new Netflix movie.
The film – which is set to premiere on the popular streaming service early next month – has already received a lot of negative opinions.
Netflix’s Malcolm & Marie hit has received backlash over Zedaya and John Washington’s age gapCredit: Netflix
The new black-and-white drama, written and directed by Sam Levinson, stars 24-year-old Zeyanda and 36-year-old John David Washington.
After the trailer was released earlier this month, many fans couldn’t help but pick up on the age gap, with many thinking it’s not quite right.
However, Denzel Washington‘s son believes that age is just a number when it comes to acting.
In a recent chat with Variety, he said: “I wasn’t concerned about it because she is a woman.
John admitted that he’s excited for everyone to see how well Zendaya plays her role Credit: Netflix
Zendaya plays devoted wife Marie in the blockbusterCredit: Getty Images – Getty
John Washington plays filmmaker MalcolmCredit: Rex Features
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“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. 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.”
Filming took place from June 17 to July 2 and was all shot in a private home in California Credit: Netflix
Malcom & Marie is was shot on black and white 35 mm film Credit: Netflix
Zedaya made her first appearance on TV back in 2010 as Blue Rocky in Shake It UpCredit: Getty Images
He continued: “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 (Levinson, director) and Zendaya brought both.”
The film explores what it’s like to be in a relationship and highlights both the highs and lows of being in love.
John is best known his roles in Monsters and Men, The Old Man & the Gun and Tenet.
John was delighted to star in the film alongside the young actressCredit: Rex Features
The actress recently played the role of Rue in Europhia Credit: HBO
Zedaya starred in Disney’s Shake It Up with Bella Thorne from 2010 to 2013Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Zendaya joined the world of TV and showbiz at just 14 years old in 2010 when she joined the cast of Disney’s Shake It Up, in which she played Rocky Blue for three years.
Her talent was noticed and she’s managed to bag herself a number of roles in blockbusters such as Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Greatest Showman and Duck Duck Goose.
She’s also appeared in a number of TV shows since her stint on the Disney sitcom, including A.N.T Farm, Dancing with the Stars and her most recent work Europhia.
Watch Malcom & Me on Netflix February 5 2021.