Zendaya won Lead Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of Rue Bennett on HBO’s Euphoria on Monday, giving her a total of two Emmys.
Zendaya faced off against Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer from Killing Eve, Laura Linney from Ozark, Reese Witherspoon from The Morning Show, and Melanie Lynskey from Yellowjackets.
Zendaya won the Lead Actress Drama statuette in 2020 for her performance in the first season of Euphoria, defeating perceived frontrunners Jennifer Aniston and Laura Linney. She was the youngest woman to win that race at the time.
Oh wow! Hello! This means so much. Thank you, thank you so much. Wow. To all the incredible actresses in this category, I’m so honored to be beside you. Thank you to the incredible, incredible cast and crew of Euphoria for making such a safe space to make this very difficult show. I love you all so much. Thank you to the Academy. Thank you to my friends and family, some of which are here tonight. Thank you to Sam [Levinson] for sharing Rue with me. Thank you for believing in me even in moments where I didn’t believe in myself and then lastly, I just want to say you know, my greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me. I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are a Rue, I want you to know I’m so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me, and I carry them with her. So thank you so much.