*Disney Channel has announced a third season for its hit spy comedy/action series K.C. Undercover, with Zendaya set to return as K.C. Cooper.
Cooper is a high school math whiz and martial arts expert turned international super spy for the secret government agency, The Organization.
When she’s not trying to navigate the ups and downs of teenage life with her best friend Marisa, K.C., along with her parents, seasoned agents Craig and Kira, and her younger siblings Ernie and Judy (a humanoid robot), perform undercover missions, near and far, to save the world all while balancing everyday family situations.
Zendaya will begin production on season 3 in early 2017 after wrapping production on features “The Greatest Showman” and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
The actress was also revealed today as one of Glamour’s Women of the Year, chosen for using her platform to combat bullying.
Zendaya was in fifth grade when she learned the power of action—and inaction. One of her classmates was being bullied, and Zendaya, like many of her classmates, stood by and watched rather than get involved. Some parents, hearing the story, wrote it off as kids being kids, but not Zendaya’s parents. “They pulled me out of the classroom, and I got a little bit cussed out,” she says. “I was like, ‘This is B.S. I didn’t do anything.’ But the point was, when you see something happening, you don’t just stand there. Knowing something is wrong and not doing anything is basically like doing it.”
Zendaya, now 20, still lives by that philosophy. The star of Shake It Up and K.C. Undercover has 32 million Instagram followers and has been fearless about using her massive reach, campaigning for change on issues including body image (she called out Modeliste for publishing a visibly retouched photo of her; the magazine apologized) and beauty ideals: When Fashion Police’s Giuliana Rancic criticized Zendaya’s locs at the 2015 Oscars, the star posted that she’d chosen the look “to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.” She admits she’d initially felt like lashing back. “But then I was like, ‘You know what? Delete that. I’m going to write something that’s actually powerful.’”