Zendaya Responds To Backlash Over Playing Aaliyah

Zendaya Responds To Backlash Over Playing Aaliyah

As a singer, dancer and Disney star, Zendaya has a lot in common with Aaliyah whose career also began to skyrocket as a young teen. So she was taken by surprise by the fan backlash when she was cast in a Lifetime movie to portray the young woman whose life tragically ended at the age of 22.

♪♪ ♪♪. Life cut way too short. On August 25, 2001 just hours after aliyah finished shooting music video in the Bahamas she and 8 others killed in a plane crash. At the time of her death aliyah sold millions of album and taken off in the Moes, too. And now her life is the subject of a life time film starring a rising star today zania weight on her own young shoulders. I want it to be something that they are proud of and that she would be proud of. Reporter: She's only 17. And as singer dancer and Disney star she has a lot in common with aliyah whose career sky rocketed as young teen. She was taken by surprise by the fan backlash when she was cast in a life time movie to portray the young woman whose life tragically ended at the age of 22. You know) Ñu some people know me from the Disney channel this and that and maybe don't think I can handle the role. Won't be able to do whatever but at the same time I was cast in the part. I audition like everyone else and I was cast. Make a big difference. More power to the kids. If L. Reporter: With enthusiasm the teen choice ward her career was on the rise both as top selling r&b artist. And as an actress. She appeared in her first major film Romeo must die. Also in 2 thousand. At the mtv movie award 2001 nominated for best female performer and best breakthrough performer. Just two months before she died. The. What are you excited about. Excited about both. Stepping into this career and recognized at such an early able so I'm hoping if I win it's the icing on the cake. Reporter: Aliyah would appear? Ncaa just one more film 2002 queen of the dam released after her death and cast in matrix revolution. A part she would never play. It's crazy. I don't know what she does in the film but it will be really exciting to see how it pans out and what I get to do. My passion and love for her is so strong I will channel her and do my best to honor someone that I love so muchri so much from in my career.