Looking back, I remember many of my friends being disappointed by the Euphoria series and how they found it quite depressing but guess what, its lead actress Zendaya bagged an Emmy for her amazing performance in the show.
If we look past the negatives of the Euphoria TV show, one realizes what a great job those young stars pulled off while portraying the life of struggle with drugs, family issues, and mental health.
The Emmy Awards 2o2o took place a few days ago and this will be the second year in a row where a lead drama actress award goes to a fresh face but most important of all, the youngest to be cast on the ballot.
According to Variety, Euphoria’s Zendaya winning the lead drama actress Emmy made her the first-time nominee and the youngest ever to take home the award, making history at the age of 24, and a few years away from Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer who at the time was 26 when she won the same award.
Apart from that, it also makes Zendaya the second-ever black woman to win the category, following Viola Davis (“How To Get Away With Murder”), who won it in 2015.
She thanked her family, team and “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson.
“I appreciate you so much; you’re my family,” said Zendaya, addressing Levinson, who based the series on his own battle with drug addiction. “I’m so grateful for Rue. I’m so grateful that you trusted me with your story.”
“I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating,” she added. “But I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there. I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people. And I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you.”
Zendaya is the second-ever black woman to win the category
Zendaya won for her gritty portrayal of teenage drug addict Rue on the HBO high school drama, and this attention from the Television Academy for it marked her first-ever major awards attention in general.
Zendaya managed to come out at the top despite going against tough competition from the likes of Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”), the aforementioned Jodie Comer and her “Killing Eve” co-star Sandra Oh, Olivia Colman (“The Crown”) and Laura Linney (“Ozark”).
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child model and backup dancer, before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up (2010–2013).
Her film roles include supporting parts in the musical drama The Greatest Showman (2017) and the superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and its sequel, Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019).
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