Zendaya made history tonight by not only taking home his first Emmy Award for HBO Euphoria but also by becoming the youngest to ever do so in this category at the age of 24. Faced with stiff competition, Zendaya defeated last year’s winner Jody Comer, who to this day held the title of youngest to receive the award, as well as Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Coleman, Laura Linney and Sandra O.
Zendaya, who became the second black woman to win in this category after Viola Davis, was honored for her performance as Ryu, a troubled teenager battling drug addiction.
After thanking the television academy, cast members and show and EP creator Sam Levinson, she made sure to recognize the young people.
“I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope among young people. For my peers who work on the streets, I see you, I admire you, thank you. “
Work is currently underway on Season 2 of Euphoria, but production was halted when the pandemic struck. Zendaya recently teased Jimmy Kimmel Live! to guest host Ben Platt that “producers are working on a bridge episode that can be done with a limited crew” to “have something to live on until we make it to the second season.”