Zendaya Makes History at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards

Zendaya, 24, has now become the youngest Emmy-winner for "Best Lead Actress in a Drama."

The actress earned the award for her portrayal of recovering drug-addict Rue on HBO's Euphoria. Surrounded by friends and supporters, Zendaya seemed overwhelmed, with no acceptance speech prepared in the event that she won.

Zendaya won the award over esteemed actresses like Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, and Laura Linney. Last year, Jodie Comer set a world record for winning the same award for her performance in Killing Eve at the age of 26.

"Thank you to all of the other incredible women in this category," Zendaya said. "I admire you so much."

Created by Sam Levinson, the drama series follows a cast of high school students who navigate love, sex, drugs, and other issues. Euphoria premiered on HBO in June of 2019 and received six nominations this year. HBO announced last year that the show had been renewed for a second season.

"I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there," Zendaya said. "And I just want to say to all our peers out there doing the work in the streets: I see you, I admire you, I thank you."

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