Zendaya won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as the drug addict Rue in HBO’s Euphoria.
This makes the 24-year-old actress the youngest winner of the category, beating out acclaimed actresses Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, Sandra Oh and Laura Linney, as well as the incumbent winner Jodie Comer.
Last year, “Killing Eve” star broke the record when she won the award at the age of 26.
“Thank you to all of the other incredible women in this category,” Zendaya said. “I admire you so much.”
The Disney-actress-turned-drama-star nearly collapsed when host Jimmy Kimmel announced her as the winner, and she spoke directly to her contemporaries in her acceptance speech.
She thanked the TV academy, her fellow nominees, her family, HBO, and of course, her cast and crew.
“I appreciate you so much, you’re my family. I’m so grateful that you trusted me with your story, and I hope I can continue to do you proud,” Zendaya said thanking the show’s creator Sam Levinson.
“I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating,” she said.
“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.”
Following her win, the young actress reflected the moment and told interviewers, “I don’t usually cry. I got through it without letting it take over completely, but it was obviously a very emotional moment. I still can’t believe it myself, it’s pretty crazy.”
“Euphoria”, which premiered on HBO in June 2019, is about high school students who navigate love, sex, drugs and identity conundrums.