LOS ANGELES (AP) – Zendaya said her ‘heart was filled’ when she saw her fellow nominees, including Jennifer Aniston, cheer on the ‘Euphoria’ actress for being the youngest lead actress to win an Emmy.
24-year-old Zendaya became emotional after she took home the trophy for her role in the HBO series and took one of the few big wins on Sunday night. She is only the second black actress to claim the Feature Drama Actress award, following Viola Davis’ groundbreaking 2015 win for ‘How To Get Away With Murder’.
Zendaya shouted, cheered, hugged, and cried with her merry family and friends behind her as she, dumbfounded, accepted the prize in what appeared to be a hotel suite.
“I don’t usually cry,” she said in a virtual backstage interview. ‘I got through it without it taking over. It was a very emotional moment. I still can’t believe it myself. It’s pretty crazy. “
In ‘Euphoria’, Zendaya plays Rue Bennett, a teenage addict struggling with her sobriety and recovery in the series that explores sex, drugs, trauma and identity among high school students.
“I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there,” she said. “I know our TV show isn’t always a good example of that,” but she thanked them for “their work”.
Zendaya said she was grateful to share the moment with family and friends, despite the coronavirus pandemic, which is limiting interaction with loved ones.
“I think we should really hold onto and cherish moments like this,” said the actor, who overcame a strong group of nominees, including Aniston, Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer, Laura Linney and Sandra Oh.
“I definitely felt like this love was wrapped around me sitting here,” Zendaya continued. “I’m just trying to take it all in. I’m just grateful for the moments we have of joy and happiness.”