The 24-year-old ‘Euphoria’ star is the second Black lady to win the award, following Viola Davis, who gained for ‘Learn how to Get Away With Homicide’ in 2015.
Euphoria‘s Zendaya, 24, made historical past on the 2020 Emmys on Sunday night time, turning into the youngest ever finest actress in a drama sequence winner, beating fellow nominee Jodie Comer, who gained final 12 months on the age of 26.
Zendaya can also be the second Black lady to win the award, following Viola Davis, who gained for her work on Learn how to Get Away With Homicide, in 2015.
The previous Disney Channel star who left her family-friendly previous behind to play a teenage recovering drug addict within the HBO sequence beat out The Morning Present‘s Jennifer Aniston, The Crown‘s Olivia Colman, Ozark‘s Laura Linney and Killing Eve‘s Comer and Sandra Oh.
Zendaya was joined by her household and workforce from a distant location on Sunday night time as these gathered with the actress, who wore a proper gown, loudly cheered for her win.
Amid thanking the TV Academy, HBO, manufacturing firm A24, creator Sam Levinson and the opposite girls in her class, Zendaya mirrored on the present local weather
“This seems like a very bizarre time to be celebrating,” she mentioned, earlier than including, “There’s hope within the younger folks on the market.”
And to her “friends on the market doing the work in streets,” Zendaya mentioned, “I see you, I like you, I thanks…”
Talking within the digital press room after her win, Zendaya, who famous throughout her acceptance speech that she was crying, mentioned of being the youngest winner within the class, “I don’t often cry and I obtained by way of it with out it taking up me utterly, nevertheless it’s clearly a really emotional second, and I nonetheless can’t consider it myself.”
She added, “I’m simply grateful for moments like this, moments the place we are able to have pleasure and we are able to wrap our arms round our family members and inform one another we love one another and we’re pleased with one another. It’s moments like this we actually have to carry onto and cherish so I’m simply grateful that my entire household is right here to have fun with me.”
The actress additionally mirrored on her function as Rue in Euphoria, calling the character a “full human being,” who’s “layered” and “difficult.”
“Because the present goes on, we’re capable of empathize with habit and what that appears like and does to a household and perceive and nonetheless root for Rue,” she mentioned. “We’re capable of perceive what’s going by way of her head and the way she views every thing that occurs to her … for me, I’ve all the time been very grateful for the entire individuals who really feel they connect with Rue or really feel that by way of the present they’ve been capable of connect phrases or a scene or second once they in any other case felt alone or like the one individual coping with or having these ideas. Rue may be very crucial to me, I care about her deeply.”
Zendaya’s win is the third Emmy for Euphoria, which was nominated for six awards for its first season, which aired on HBO final 12 months. The sequence additionally picked up two awards on the five-night Inventive Arts ceremonies, for up to date make-up (non-prosthetic) and authentic music and lyrics.