Zendaya made Emmys history once again.
The unnamed actress and singer won her second Emmy for her role as Rue Bennett on HBO’s euphoria Monday night, and in doing so, became the first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice. The win also made Zendaya, who recently turned 26, the youngest two-time Emmy winner in history.
Laura Linney (Ozark), Mélanie Lynskey (yellow jackets), Reese Witherspoon (The morning show), Jodie Comer et Sandra Oh (Kill Eve) were also shortlisted for this year’s award.
Zendaya lead actress wins in 2020 for the first season of euphoria was also a first: at the time, she was the youngest woman to obtain this distinction.
Zendaya was also up for the coveted Outstanding Drama as Executive Producer on euphoriaHBO’s second season, but the show ultimately lost to another provocative HBO drama Succession.
Zendaya shares her ‘greatest wish’ for euphoria Role impact
Zendaya’s portrayal of teenage drug addict Rue Bennett is grainy and sometimes hard to watch. Having turned to drugs to cope with the tragic loss of her father and a mismanaged mental illness, Rue struggles to stay sober and manage her relationships with loved ones. As the teenager slips into a relapse shortly after leaving rehab, Zendaya stuns with her performance, showing the uncomfortable and ugly sides of addiction, especially as it all comes to a head in episode five. of season 2.
The actress said that ultimately she hopes her work on the show will help heal those who feel like they can relate to Rue (or those close to her, watching her almost helplessly as she self-destruct).
“My greatest wish for euphoria was that it could help heal people,” she said, hinting that it wasn’t a role she took lightly and thanking the cast and crew for creating “a place safe to do [a] very difficult show. »
“I want to thank everyone who liked Rue or felt a Rue, I want you to know that I am very grateful for your stories,” she added. “I carry them with me and I carry them with her. »
Also starring Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira and Maude Apatow, euphoria Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on HBO Max.