‘Euphoria’ Star Zendaya Becomes Youngest Emmy Winner For Lead Actress In Drama

Brenda Watkins
September 22, 2020

Zendaya made history at the 2020 Emmys Sunday night (Sept. 20), and everyone from Drake and Chloe x Halle to Kehlani took to social media to celebrate her groundbreaking win.

Zendaya became the youngest woman to ever win the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama earlier this evening when she claimed the trophy for her role as Rue in Euphoria.

She struggled to hold back the tears as she thanked her fellow nominees, Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Killing Eve's Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, Olivia Colman (The Crown), and Laura Linney (Ozark), as well as her co-stars and cast members. "I just want to say thank you to the TV academy and to all of the other incredible women in this category. It was obviously a very emotional moment and I still can't believe it myself - it's pretty insane", she went on to say.

"The incredible cast and crew of Euphoria, I'm so lucky to go to work with you every day and I'm inspired by everything you do".

Zendaya plays Rue Bennett on HBO's Euphoria, a teenager who spent her summer in a treatment program trying to get sober, as she comes home for a new school year. At 24, she is two years younger than previous record-holder Comer was when she won the award in 2019.

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'Still on cloud nine.so grateful, still speechless, to all my friends and family who texted/tweeted/called etc.

Not only is she now the youngest person to win this Emmy, but she is also the second Black actor win this award following Viola Davis' win for How To Get Away With Murder in 2015.

During her virtual backstage interview, Zendaya said: "It means so much to me".

Zendaya's win was even more impressive considering who she beat out for the coveted award.

She thanked her family, team and "Euphoria" creator Sam Levinson.

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