Zendaya recently made history as she became the youngest two-time Emmy Award winner for acting. The actress took home the coveted Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series gong for her performance as addiction-plagued teen Rue Bennett in HBO’s Euphoria. While accepting the award, Zendaya delivered an emotional speech which touched on her ‘greatest wish’ for the coming-of-age drama, as well as how the vulnerability of Euphoria fans has inspired her on and off-screen.
The former Disney Channel star appeared to be holding back tears and said, “My greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people.” She added, “I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are a Rue, I want you to know that I am so grateful for your stories. And I carry them with me, and I carry them with her.”
Along with being the youngest-ever two-time winner, she is also the first Black woman in history to take home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award twice, as reported by Variety. Zendaya took home her first Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy in 2020 for her work in Euphoria’s first season.
Zendaya looks stunning at the Emmys in a billowing black Valentino gown and Bulgari jewellery curated by her go-to stylist Law Roach. She oozes in a voluminous half-up, the half-down hairstyle that was secured in place with a black satin headband. As for makeup, the Shake It Up alum’s complexion had a radiant glow and her eyelids were with dusted a shimmery champagne-toned eyeshadow. Her plump pout was painted a warm nude shade that was topped with a clear gloss.
Euphoria, which premiered on HBO in June 2019, follows Rue, played by Zendaya and other students at her high school as ‘they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, trauma and social media.’ Zendaya’s character Rue enters in and out of an addiction to opiates and alcohol as a toxic means of coping with the devastating loss of her father to cancer years prior. Rue’s cycle of addiction is ramped up in Euphoria’s critically-acclaimed second season, which kicked off in January and wrapped by end of February 2022.