At just 24, the actress – full name Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman – became the youngest thespian to ever earn the Lead Actress in a Drama Series prize for her work on HBO series Euphoria.The no-audience event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at LA’s Staples Center, while winners accepted their awards from their homes for the first time to adhere to California’s social distancing rules amid the pandemic.
Zendaya makes history as YOUNGEST EVER to win Lead Actress
The 72nd Annual Emmy Awards saw Euphoria’s Zendaya make history to become the youngest thespian to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, HBO show Succession scoop the Outstanding Drama Series prize, while Schitt’s Creek sweep the board across the comedy categories on Sunday evening.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the no-audience event was presented by Jimmy Kimmel at Los Angeles’ empty Staples Center, while winners accepted their awards over video call from their homes around the world for the first time to adhere to California’s social distancing rules.
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At just 24, the screen star – full name Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman – beat out a very impressive field of actresses including: Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Olivia Colman (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Laura Linney (Ozark), and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve).
Zendaya was shocked by the win as she said in a speech from her home: ‘I’m really, really nervous. Okay. Okay. Oh, gosh. I just want to say thank you to the TV academy, and all the other women, this is crazy. Thank you, HBO and A24 for your support. Thank you to my family and my team. To the incredible cast and crew of Euphoria.’
On the series she plays protagonist Rue Bennett, who, like many of her high school peers, grapples with issues surrounding drugs, sex, and violence.
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