The eponymous actress and singer won her second Emmy for her role as Rue Bennett on HBO’s Euphoria on Monday night, becoming the first black woman to win for Best Actress in a Drama twice. The win also made Zendaya, who just turned 26, the youngest two-time Emmy winner in history.
Laura Linney (Ozark), Melanie Lynsky (Yellow Jacket), Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show), Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) are the nominees for this year’s award.
In 2020, lead actress Zendaya won the first season of Euphoria , also the first season: at the time, she was the youngest woman to win the award.
Zendaya was also in the running for Best Dramatic Series as executive producer for the second season of Euphoria , but the series ultimately lost out to another provocative HBO drama, Succession.
Zendaya Shares Her “Greatest Wish” for Euphoria Role’s Impact
Zendaya’s portrayal of drug-addicted teenager Roe Bennett is tough and at times difficult to watch. After the tragic death of her father, and turning to drugs to cope with mental illness, Ro struggles to stay sober and manage her relationships with loved ones. It recurs shortly after going to rehab and shows the uncomfortable and ugly side of addiction.
The actress says she hopes her work on the show will eventually help heal those who feel connected to Rowe (or those close to her who watch almost helplessly as she destroys herself) .
“My biggest desire at Euphoria was to help people heal,” she said, noting that it’s not her role, and she thanked the cast and crew for “a safe place to put on a very difficult show.” They have made it.
“I want to thank everyone who likes or has tried Rowe and I want you to know that I really appreciate your story,” she added. “I’ll take them with me, I’ll take them with me.”
Seasons 1 and 2 of Euphoria, starring Hunter Schaefer, Sidney Sweeney, Alexa Demi, Barbie Ferreira, and Maud Apatow, will premiere on HBO Max.