Zendaya makes history with second Emmy win

Zendaya makes history with second Emmy win

Zendaya won her second Emmy Award Monday for her role as Rue in “Euphoria.” Her win was historic – she is now the only Black woman to win two Emmys for this category.

Rue Bennett is a teenager who is struggling with drug addiction. Zendaya, an executive producer on the show, stated that she hopes the show can help people heal. “I want to let you know that anyone who has ever loved a Rue or felt like you are a Rue will be grateful for your stories. I keep them with me and take them with me. she replied .

The star first won the award in 2020 for the same role. That time, she also made history, becoming the youngest person to win the Emmy for best actress in a drama at 24 years old.

There are only two Emmy winners who were younger than Roxana Zal. Roxana Zal won a supporting actress Emmy in 1984 at the age of 14 for her role in “Something About Amelia.” Kristy McNichol won an Emmy for supporting actress in 1977 at age 15 and again in 1979 at 17 for her role in “Family.”

However, because Zendaya’s wins were in the lead actress category, she holds the record as the youngest to win two Emmys in this category.

Other actresses won multiple Emmys in different categories. Maya Rudolph won two for guest actress on “Saturday Night Live” in 2020 and 2021 and two for her voice-over work in “Big Mouth,” also in 2020 and 2021.

US actress Zendaya arrives for the 74th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on September 12, 2022.

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However, few others have won multiple Emmys for best actress in a drama series like Zendaya has. Edie Falco won three Emmys in the best actress category for her portrayal as Carmela Soprano on “The Sopranos.” She was also awarded an Emmy in this category for her role as Nurse Jackie.

Another standout: Tyne Daly won four best actress awards at the Emmys – three of them consecutively – for her role in “Cagney & Lacey” in the 1980s.

And while several other women have won two in the category, Zendaya is the first Black woman to do so.

Other notable winners at this year’s Emmy’s include “Squid Game” actor Lee Jung-jae, who made history as the first Asian actor to take home the award for best actor in a drama. Lee You-mi, his co-star in the drama series, won the Emmy as guest actress in a drama, becoming the first Korean actress to win this category. “Squid Games” Hwang Dong-hyuk won best directing for a drama series.

Quinta Bunson won best writing for comedy series “Abbott Elementary.” Brunson is the second Black woman to win in this category, after Lena Waithe won in 2017 for “Master of None. Her co-star, Sheryl Lee Ralph, became the second black woman to be awarded the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Award. Jackee Harry was the first, winning for “227” in 1987.

Barack Obama won an Emmy award for his narration of “Our Great National Parks.” “

Chadwick Boseman posthumously won an Emmy for his voice acting in “What If…?” He plays Black Panther in a Marvel animated series.

Find the full list of nominees and winners at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards here.

Caitlin O’Kane


Caitlin O’Kane is a digital content producer covering trending stories for CBS News and its good news brand, The Uplift.

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