Cosmo RADAR A pop cul­ture sam­pler to start the year right.

Zen­daya spins her strug­gles into gold as a trapeze artist in The Great­est­show­man, an ex­cit­ing new mu­si­cal that cel­e­brates the birth of show busi­ness.

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Contents - The Great­est Show­man pre­mieres in cin­e­mas on Jan­uary 31.

tell us about your char­ac­ter, anne wheeler.

When we meet Anne, she knows how her life is go­ing to progress and she just wants to do her job as a trapeze artist. be­ing in the air is her pas­sion. Her life changes when Phillip (Zac Efron) shows up and she starts to fall in love with him. but there are com­pli­ca­tions—she knows she can’t be with him be­cause of the color of her skin. So they have what I call a “silent love story.” They’re not sup­posed to talk to each other, touch each other, or be seen with each other… Anne un­der­stands the dan­gers of the re­la­tion­ship more than Phillip does.

in what ways can you re­late to the char­ac­ter?

The cir­cus is the one place where Anne can for­get about her strug­gles… In many ways that’s how I feel about what I do—when­ever I’m per­form­ing, I can es­cape from ev­ery­thing that stresses me out. Per­form­ing is where I can just be me.

what was it like do­ing your own trapeze stunt work?

I had been prac­tic­ing on a spe­cific rig that had a net, but when I went to set, the real rig was 15 feet taller and there was no net! I was like, “Guys, this is in­sane!” but right be­fore I went to try it, Hugh Jack­man (who plays leg­endary cir­cus founder P.T. bar­num) told me, “Zen­daya, you’re a badass,” and that’s all I needed—that en­cour­age­ment from him. Now I’m not afraid of heights any­more. I got bruised and sore all over, but I didn’t even feel it when I was in the air!

what was it like work­ing with zac efron?

We did all kinds of crazy stuff to­gether in the air, and we quite lit­er­ally had to hold each other up. It’s great to have a part­ner in crime you can trust, and Zac was def­i­nitely that per­son for me.

in what way do you Hope the movie will make an im­pact on to­day’s au­di­ence?

The film uses the cir­cus as a way to ex­plore deeper truths about peo­ple. The odd­i­ties in P.T. bar­num’s cir­cus have been seen as “dif­fer­ent” all their lives—they’ve never felt like they are good enough. The film shows that there is a place for ev­ery­one, and that you should never hide who you are. be who you are fear­lessly!

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