Where Did the Cast of “Challengers” Go to School?

Mike Faist, Zendaya, and Josh O'Connor in
Mike Faist, Zendaya, and Josh O'Connor in "Challengers"

Challengers is one of the buzziest movies hitting the theatres this spring, and its amazing cast is one of the best things about it. Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist lead this dramedy set in the world of tennis, and we’re bringing you all the details about their academic backgrounds.


Zendaya has been acting from a young age, and she got her big break as the star of Disney’s Shake It Up before becoming one of the biggest Hollywood stars of her generation. Traditional college was never in the cards, but she did attend Oakland School for the Arts while pursuing an acting career.

Mike Faist

After graduating high school a year early, Mike Faist decided to pursue his acting dreams in New York. He attended the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy for two semesters but eventually dropped out and sold off-Broadway tickets to make ends meet – before eventually becoming a Broadway star himself.

Josh O’Connor

Unlike his American co-stars, the British actor Josh O’Connor had a more traditional academic journey. After attending the private St Edward’s School in Cheltenham, he studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and already found an agent during his third year.