The 24-year-old Euphoria star, Zendaya is the youngest actress to bag the award for a drama series during the 2020 Emmy Awards. 

She is also the second Black woman to win the award for her outstanding performance in the TV series, Euphoria

The first Black woman who won the award is the multi-awarded actress, Viola Davis for her performance in How To Get Away With Murder. 

The 24-year-old star won the award for playing Rue Bennett, a high school student who is also a drug addict. 

The young actress beat other seasoned actresses from the same category.

Other contenders include, Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Olivia Colman (The Crown), and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve).

Thankful To Everyone

Zendaya thanked everyone, including the other “incredible woman” actresses in the same category, her family, and co-workers from Euphoria. 

She also thanked Sam Levinson, the creator of Euphoria for trusting Zendaya with his story through Rue Bennett.

“I’ve always been very grateful who feel they connect to Rue,” Zendaya said of her character. 

She added that her character “is very important” to her and that she cares about her “deeply.”

Zendaya also pointed out how it “feels like a really weird time” to celebrate due to the current state of the world. 

However, she followed her statement with words of hope for the “young people out there.” 

Zendaya also thanked her “peers” who are “doing the work in the streets.” 

“I see you, I admire you, I thank you,” Zendaya says. 

Zendaya was joined by family and friends in a remote location when the award winner was announced. 

“I’m just grateful for moments like this,” Zendaya said. 

Zendaya shared her gratitude for enjoying moments with her loved ones. 

“It’s moments like this we really have to hold onto and cherish,” Zendaya shares.

“I’m just grateful that my whole family is here to celebrate with me.” 


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