Zendaya makes history as the first Black woman to win an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series: Complete story here!
Monday's Kenan Thompson-hosted 74th Emmy Emmy Awards ceremony witnessed some history-making wins and disheartening snubs. Zendaya, 26, fits the former category. The actress won an Emmy for lead actress in a drama for her performance in the celebrated series Euphoria and hence became the youngest actress to win the category for the second time.
The Spider-Man: No Way Home actress won her first Emmy in the same category and the same drama as a 24-year-old in 2020. Zendaya's win also marks an incredible milestone for the Black community: she is now the first-ever Black woman to win an Emmy for a lead role in a drama twice. As she grabbed hold of the coveted trophy, Zendaya shared a poignant message to her family, friends, and fans.
Zendaya becomes the first ever Black actress to win the category for the second time. Photo Source: Instagram
"This means so much," the Dune actress who plays Rue Bennet on Euphoria begins; she adds, "Thank you to my friends and family, some of which are here tonight. Thank you to Sam [Levinson] for sharing Rue with me. My greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me. I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are a Rue, I want you to know I'm so grateful for your stories, and I carry them with me."
The actress says her greatest wish for the show was that it would heal people. Source: ET
The former Disney star might even become the youngest-ever producer should Euphoria bag the category of outstanding drama. Zendaya had won two more nominations in the category of outstanding original music and lyrics as the co-lyricist of Euphoria's Elliot's Song,and I'm Tired, but the award went to Schmigadoon's Cinco Paul.
Zendaya first made history as the youngest actress to win the lead actress drama winner, coming in as the second Black actress after Viola Davis for How to Get Away With a Murder. The 26-year-old left behind Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets), Laura Linney (Ozark), Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show), and Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh for Killing Eve to bag the award.
Zendaya won her first Emmy for the same show in 2020. Photo Source: Instagram
Based on an Israeli series of the same name, Euphoria is a teen drama that follows the lives of a group of high-school students, all experiencing strains of life, addiction, love, and sex. Zendaya plays a 17-year-old drug addict Rue, who struggles to fit in. Zendaya's character is also narrating the Sam Levinson-created drama. The HBO show's cast ensemble includes Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, and Jacob Elordi. It premiered on June 16, 2019, and has since become HBO's most-watched show after Game of Thrones.