As the youngest producer nominated for “Euphoria,” Zendaya once again makes Emmy history.
Zendaya is the first Black woman to ever garner nominations for both songwriting and acting in the same year, making her not just the youngest producer candidate in history.
At the age of 24, Zendaya won the award for main drama actress, becoming the youngest woman ever and the second Black woman (after Viola Davis) to do so. After Euphoria received a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series in the 2022 Emmy nominations, Zendaya once again made history by becoming the youngest producer to receive a nomination. Zendaya stars in the show and also serves as its executive producer.
Zendaya was nominated for the general drama series in addition to three other awards for her performance in the HBO drama as Rue Bennett. She garnered two nominations for Outstanding Original Music for “I’m Tired” with Labrinth and “Elliot’s Song” with Dominic Fike, in addition to her renomination as a Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
She competes against Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh from Killing Eve, Laura Linney from Ozark, Melanie Lynskey from Yellowjackets, and Reese Witherspoon from Morning Show in the Lead Actress category.
Better Call Saul, Ozark, Severance, Squid Game, Stranger Things, Succession, and Yellowjackets are the other nominees in the Outstanding Drama Series category alongside Euphoria. The first non-English-language television series to be recognized with the award is Squid Game.
For the star who was born in Oakland, the list of “firsts” doesn’t stop there.
She is also the first Black woman to be nominated for both songwriting and acting in the same year thanks to her nominations (and the only other Black person).
Zendaya may make more history in 2019, as she just disclosed in an interview with Vogue Italia that not only does she want to direct, but that she “probably” will do so for a future Euphoria episode. When asked about Episode 6 of Season 2, she remarked, “I was meant to direct it, but I had to act in it.” “Unfortunately, I was unable to this time around due to a lack of time. Next season, most likely, as I wanted to have enough time to complete it properly.
The show with the most Emmy nominations this year was Succession, which received 25, closely followed by Ted Lasso and White Lotus.