The former Disney Star is now the youngest two-time Emmy winner in history.
Zendaya ended up leaving the Emmy Awards, on September 12, with a euphoric and history-making win for the second time in her life. The 26-year-old Euphoria star took home the award for lead actress in a drama series, also winning the award back in 2020 when she first broke history by being the youngest lead actress to win the category. This year, history’s been broken again with her win making her the youngest actress to win two Emmys, as well as being the first Black woman to twice win the award for lead actress in a drama.
Zendaya’s performance as a drug-addicted teen going through the toils of recovery in the HBO Max television series Euphoria has proven to be the star’s most difficult role yet. In her acceptance speech, she thanked the cast and crew of the series, including director Sam Levinson, as well as those who inspired her: “My greatest wish for ‘Euphoria’ was that it could help heal people, and I just want to say thank you to everyone who shared their story with me. I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like you are a Rue, I’m so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me and carry them with her. Thank you so much.”
Season 2 of the series premiered at the beginning of this year after a three-year hiatus due to production being postponed in 2020 during COVID. The eight-episode season averaged 16.3 million viewers, making it HBO’s second most watched show in 18 years.
Along with her win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Zendaya was also nominated three other times this year which displayed her many talents. She became the youngest star to receive an Outstanding Drama Series nomination after producing six episodes of season 2, as well as two nominations for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in the series.
The HBO show has already been renewed for a third season, but that’s not the only project Zendaya has on her plate. Her euphoric celebration didn’t last too long as the star immediately had to travel back to set for filming Dune 2, which is anticipated to premiere in 2023. Already starring in the first part of the series, Dune, her character, Chani, in the upcoming film will have a much larger role, cast as the lead actress. Along with Dune 2, Zendaya also stars in the 2023 movie Challengers.
Fortunately, the actress is no stranger to a busy schedule, having starred in five movies in the past three years. Having a string of wins under her belt for her role as the lead actress in Marvel’s Spider-Man trilogy, as well as six nominations for the 2021 film Malcolm and Marie
which was also directed by Euphoria director Sam Levinson. She also had a small role voicing the character of Lola Bunny in the 2021 animation Space Jam: A New Legacy.
Although her role in the first part of Dune in 2021 was minor, the film brought in six Oscar wins and four Oscar nominations. With her role as the lead actress in the upcoming Dune 2, it can only be anticipated the Emmy winner will bring home her first Oscar. For more information about Zendaya, please go to https://www.zendaya.com/ or by Instagram @Zendaya
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