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Zendaya is the youngest woman to ever win a Lead Actress Emmy

Zendaya took home the trophy for Euphoria.

September 21, 2020
Zendaya is the youngest woman to ever win a Lead Actress Emmy Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Zendaya became the youngest woman to ever win the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama earlier this evening when she claimed the trophy for her role as Rue in Euphoria. Up against a crowded field that included Jennifer Aniston’s splashy return-to-TV, Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, Laura Linney, Sandra Oh, and 2019 Lead Actress Emmy winner Jodie Comer, Zendaya’s acclaimed performance as a teen struggling with drug addiction ultimately came out on top. At 24, she is two years younger than previous record-holder Comer was when she won the award in 2019.

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Euphoria was nominated for six awards, including Best Score, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, Outstanding Music Supervision, Outstanding Contemporary Costumes, and Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic.) Read our interview with Jen Malone, the woman behind Euphoria’s music supervision, here, and our interview with Labrinth, the composer of the show's distinctive score, here.

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Zendaya is the youngest woman to ever win a Lead Actress Emmy