When audiences see the choreographed routines in The Greatest Showman, it’ll look effortless….but Zendaya says it was anything but that!
Zendaya plays acrobat Anne Wheeler in the movie, co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.

Before production began, director Michael Gracey told Zendaya, “‘Listen, we’re going to workshop this like a real Broadway production. Also, you might want to start working out, because you have trapeze rehearsal when you get here, and I want to use the stunt doubles as little as possible.'”

Zendaya says, “It was a lot of training. It was a lot of literally getting up there and just going for it. I had been rehearsing on this specific rig that I was used to. I had become normal with that height difference, and there was a net. I felt good and comfortable, and I had been doing it for a while. I was like, ‘OK, cool. I’m a trapeze artist! This is great!'”

But when Zendaya showed up to set, it was clear that her training wasn’t enough to prepare her for the real thing!
Zendaya said, “The rig was 15 to 20 feet taller and there was no net, because back in the day, they didn’t have those yet. I was hooked up, so I’m safe, but visually—that’s a lot to get over,” she said. “Right as I was going to go up in the cherry picker, Hugh Jackman walked by and he goes, ‘Zendaya, you’re a badass.’ I was like, ‘…Take me up! Hugh Jackman called me a badass!'”Efron “was such a great partner,” she added. They had to “trust each other,” because “he had to hold my weight and I had to hold him. It was a great icebreaker, you know what I’m saying?”See what Zendaya said about her routine with Zac Efron and more in the video above!


The Greatest Showman is in theaters Dec. 20th!