Zendaya Is a First-Time Emmy Nominee for 'Euphoria'
By John Boone
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And just like that, Zendaya follows up her first prestige TV project -- HBO's critically acclaimed, must-see drama, Euphoria -- with her first Emmy nomination.
The 23-year-old is among the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominees unveiled during Tuesday's announcement of the 2020 Emmy Award nominations. Zendaya plays recovering drug addict Rue on the series about high schoolers navigating love and sex, addiction and apps.
"I'm honestly speechless, my heart is just overflowing with love and gratitude," Zendaya wrote on her socials. "I'm so incredibly honored to work beside the talented people that I get to call family. I am a small piece of a big beautiful puzzle and I'm so proud of all of you."
"Thank you to everyone out there who's watched and given our show life, thank you Sam Levinson, HBO and A24 for everything and the Television Academy for this beautiful acknowledgment," she continued. "Thank you, thank you, thank you. We out here Emmy nominated y’all!!"
Zendaya's Emmy nomination follows wins for Favorite Drama TV Star at the People's Choice Awards and Best Actress in a Drama Series at the Satellite Awards, both in recognition of her work on Euphoria.
ET spoke with Zendaya at the People's Choice Awards, where she said of the series, "It felt like something special as I was doing it, and I am grateful that people have been able to connect to it the way they have," going on to explain that, although she defied many people's expectations with the role, she never set out to do so.
"It's not about proving anything to the world, but it's really about getting better as an artist and being more in touch with where I can go and how I can do it," she told ET. "I try to keep it internal, because that's a much happier place to work from, when you are working just to prove yourself that you can do it."