Zendaya may only be 24 years old, but she’s making bank, she’s starring in Euphoria, and now she’s made Emmys history as the youngest-ever (!) winner of the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The actress took a brief break from celebrating with her sweet family to give her first post-win interview to the Emmys press room.
Read on for Zendaya’s reaction to her win, the support she received from fellow nominees like Jennifer Aniston, and what it means to her to play Rue, courtesy of Cosmo‘s Emmys red carpet reporter Brandi Fowler.
I don’t know if you could see the faces of your fellow nominees, but Jennifer Aniston’s jaw dropped when you won. Tell me how that feels to have all of those icons cheering for you and you being the youngest ever to win here.
It means so much to me. Every single woman in that category, I obviously admire immensely and their work and everything they continue to do. So just to be mentioned within the category at all was something, and then just to have their support and having them smile and wave at me and stuff like that meant a lot to me. So that support really fills my heart, I guess you could say.
And you being the youngest ever to win. Tell me how that feels. You said you almost cried.
Yeah. I don’t usually cry, and I definitely got through it without letting it take over completely, but again, it was obviously a very emotional moment and I still can’t believe it myself, so it’s pretty, pretty crazy.
I just experienced so much happiness, seeing how happy you guys were in that room. And this year has been filled with so much turmoil. What is it like experiencing so much joy in a year filled with so much pain?
I mean I’m just grateful for moments like this, moments where we can have joy, and we can wrap our arms around our loved ones and tell each other we love each other. And we’re proud of each other. I think it’s moments like this that we really have to all hold onto and cherish. And so I’m just grateful that obviously my whole family, who’s now standing off to the side and trying to be quiet, is on here to celebrate with me and be here. I definitely felt, you know, this wrapping of love around me as I was sitting here. So, I’m just trying to take it all in and be grateful for all the little moments that we do have of joy and happiness.
I wanted you to speak to the importance of this show that showcases a Black girl who gets to mess up and who gets to be a fully realized person, especially as an Emmy-winning show.
It’s extremely important. I think, Rue, to me, what’s so special about her character is that she is a full whole human being and she’s layered and she’s complicated. And I think as the show goes on, we’re also able to empathize with addiction and what that looks like, and what that does to a family, and be able to understand and still root for Rue. We understand what’s going on in her head. We understand how she views the world and how she used everything that happens to her. And we’re able to emphasize with her as a character, which I think is a beautiful thing.
And so for me, I’ve always been very grateful for all the people that say they connect to Rue or feel that through the show they’ve been able to attach words or find themselves within a scene or a moment, where they otherwise felt maybe alone, or felt like maybe they were the only person dealing with or having those thoughts, or, you know, just to have that clarity or have that feeling that maybe there are other people that feel what I feel, I think is huge and it’s very important. And yeah, I’m very grateful to have continued to be Rue. She’s very, very important to me. I care about her deeply.
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