John David Washington responds to criticism of 12-year gap with Zendaya


“Everyone will see how old she is.”

Currently, 36-year-old American actor and producer John David Washington is filming Euphoria star Zendaya, 24, in a new project called Malcolm & Marie for Netflix. The film tells the story of the relationship between the director and his girlfriend during a pandemic. Not so long ago, critical comments appeared on the network related to the 12-year age difference that the main characters have. In an interview with Variety, Washington responded to criticism: “It doesn’t bother me because she’s a woman.”

The actor said that after the release of the film, viewers will also be convinced “how much she is a woman.” The producer admitted that next to Zendaya he feels like a newcomer, since she has much more experience in this industry. So, John even has to learn from the “Euphoria” star. He shared that at some points he relied on his colleague’s “wisdom and insight”. Washington also believes that any criticism will completely disappear as soon as the project appears on the screens. “Everyone will see how mature she is in this role,” the actor notes.

Malcolm & Marie will release in select theaters in January, with Netflix viewers expected to premiere on February 5.

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Author: Galina Skozlovskaya

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