John David Washington Defends Zendaya’s Role In Their Sexy New Movie & Their 12-Year Age Gap

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Folks had something to say when they found out John David Washington and Zendaya are starring in a super sexy movie together. Why? Because of their age gap. The son of Denzel Washington responds to the criticism while on the promo trail for the film. Find out what he said inside…

John David Washington and Zendaya are gearing up for the release of Netflix’s Malcolm & Marie.

The black-and-white romance drama is set over a single night as a couple argue about their past relationships after returning home from a movie premiere. There has been some criticism about the age gap between John and Zendaya. There’s a 12-year age gap between. John is 36 and Daya being 24.

Is she over 18 and a grown woman?  Sure.  But it’s not just the technical age difference folks are saying they’re uncomfortable with.  The optics – and how young Zendaya “looks” next to him while performing these extremely intimate scenes – are a turn off for some people.  Especially considering Hollywood’s affinity for pairing VERY young looking women who are over 18 but may not look it, being intentionally paired with grown men.

The BlacKKKlansman actor – son of Denzel Washington – spoke to Variety while on the promo trail for the film and he defended his co-star, saying that was the least of his concern.

”I wasn’t concerned about it because she is a woman,” he said. “People are going to see in this film how much of a woman she is.”

The 36-year-old actor said the 24-year-old “Euphoria” star has more experience in the industry, so she actually helped him portray his character.

”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. 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 [director] Sam [Levinson] and Zendaya brought both.

Malcom & Marie was filmed over the summer, months after we were well into the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Caterpillar House. It’s an environmentally conscious ranch in Cali. With the pandemic, there were a lot of safety protocols put in place to film. With those protocols, John David said he “felt safe” filming the movie.

”I felt comfortable. I felt safe,” he said. “But I felt the need to do this so much that I was willing to risk it. We were in the facility, on a ranch, which was this beautiful resort, with plenty of space. Everybody had their own cabin; we had to get tested before we got there. We got tested when we got there. And then we tested a day before we checked in. Nobody was on the ranch except for us. So as long as nobody left the facility, I felt safe.”

Sweet. You can read the rest of his interview here.

Peep the trailer below:

The cinematography looks amazing, nonetheless.

On the magazine front…



Zendaya served up tomboy vibes for the February 2020 cover of GQ magazine.







You can read the full piece here.

Check out a clip below where she went undercover on social media to respond to comments:

Malcolm & Marie premieres on Netflix February 5th.

Photos: Kathy Hutchins/ Tinseltown/Shutterstock.com

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