Zendaya Says She Refused to Have Her First Kiss on Camera While Filming 'Shake It Up'

"I remember being on Shake It Up and being like, 'I'm not gonna do this,'" Zendaya said

There are certain special moments Zendaya would prefer to keep private.

Speaking to British Vogue for its October 2021 cover issue, Zendaya revealed that she refused to have her first-ever kiss while filming the Disney Channel show Shake It Up.

"I remember being on Shake It Up and being like, 'I'm not gonna do this. I'm going to kiss him on the cheek because I haven't been kissed yet so I don't want the kiss to be on camera,'" the Euphoria star, 25, said.

Though Zendaya didn't identify who she meant to kiss, her character Rocky Blue shared a handful of cheek-kisses throughout Shake It Up.

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Her character first kissed Deuce Martinez (Adam Irigoyen) on the cheek in the season 2 episode "Surprise It Up." The following season, Rocky and her eventual love interest Logan Hunter (Leo Howard) accidentally kissed each other on the cheek while dancing together.

Zendaya starred on Disney Channel's Shake It Up alongside Bella Thorne from 2010 to 2013, later headlining K.C. Undercover from 2015 to 2018.

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She also appeared in the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies as well as guest-starred on A.N.T. Farm and Good Luck Charlie.

Zendaya previously opened up about how "grateful" she is for her Disney roots, saying she "learned so much from that experience."

"It's just kind of been this slow progression, and I am happy that it's all been to prove it to myself and not to anybody else, you know?" she said of her career journey during an installment of Variety's "Actors on Actors" series. "I embrace it a little bit. It's part of my heritage, to a degree."

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