The actress and singer broke a record that was set just last year by “Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer during a show that rarely honors its youngest nominees.
This took place on Sunday, September 20 during TV industry’s shiniest night of the year – the Primetime Emmy Awards – which looked much different than usual.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show host, Jimmy Kimmel announced winners from the mostly vacant Staples Center in Los Angeles, with winners accepting awards remotely, virtually, and digitally.
Zendaya while accepting her Emmy from home said;
I want to say thank you to the TV Academy, to all the other incredible women in this category. I admire you all so much. This is pretty crazy. I don’t really cry. Thank you, HBO, and A24 for all your support. Thank you to my family and my team, I’m really grateful to have you here.
To the incredible cast and crew of ‘Euphoria,’ I’m so lucky to go to work with you every day, and I’m inspired by everything you do. And to [creator] Sam Levinson, I appreciate you so much. I’m so grateful for [my character] Rue. I’m so grateful that you trust me with your story. And I hope I can continue to do you proud.
Speaking further, the actress stated;
I know this feels like a really, really weird time to be celebrating, But I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there. I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people.
And I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets — I see you. I admire you. I thank you, and yeah, thank you so, so much. This is — whoa. OK. Thank you.
The former Disney star and first-time Emmy nominee delivered a memorable performance as high-schooler Rue Bennett struggling with substance abuse in HBO’s dark drama.
Zendaya has been praised for carrying the series with style and sensitivity.