Zendaya and Bella Thorne are best friends on their hit Disney show Shake It Up. But fans often wonder how the two teens get along off-screen. In a recent interview with HuffPost Live, Zendaya, 16, beams like a protective older sister.
“I love Bella, she’s my little sister,” she says of her 15-year-old costar. “Right now she’s in Africa shooting a movie and I’m very proud of her. I’ve been texting her and I’m just like, ‘I’m proud of you. No matter how far you are, just know I’m still you’re big sister. Don’t try to grow up while you’re away.’”
After just finishing a very successful season on Dancing With The Stars (she and partner Val Chmerskovskiy came in second place) Zendaya talked about how she wanted to set a good example for her young fans who were watching her compete.
“They show a lot of skin on that show,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that all my outfits were appropriate because there’s young girls watching me, and I want to make sure they can see that you can be beautiful without having to show everything.”