Zendaya became the first black woman and the youngest actress in Emmy history to win two prizes for outstanding lead acting in a drama series when she won the 2022 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress.The actress, who was visibly moved as she took the stage, thanked her family, friends, and the Euphoria team for helping her achieve her goals and beat out her fellow nominees, which included Reese Witherspoon for The Morning Show and former category winner Jodie Comer for Killing Eve, while wearing a Valentino gown (later changed to a red model for the after party).She continued, almost moved, “My greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me. I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are a Rue, I want you to know I’m so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me, and I carry them with her.” She then dedicated the award to those struggling with addiction like her Rue.
Zendaya was the youngest lead actress in a drama series and the second woman of color to win the award after Viola Davis for How to Get Away With Murder in 2020 at the age of 24 for her work as Rue in Euphoria. Now that Zendaya has broken a record, it’s important to remember that, even though she didn’t win, she was the youngest producer to ever be nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the songs “I’m Tired” and “Elliot’s Song.”
It’s completely absurd. The show certainly means a lot to everyone involved in making it, including me. I feel very fortunate to be able to share this with everyone because so many people poured their entire heart and soul into it.“
The actress expressed her delight at the information and the fact that she was the first black woman (and the second black person) to receive nominations for both songwriting and acting in the same year.
Euphoria’s cast members competed at the 2022 Emmys in addition to Zendaya. Sydney Sweeney was actually nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Cassie in Euphoria and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her portrayal of Olivia in The White Lotus, but Julia Garner, a fellow cast member, beat her out. Julia Garner is the winner of the Ozark award.