Zendaya Becomes the Youngest Two-Time Acting Nominee in Emmy History

Zendaya is making history with her role as Rue Bennett in HBO’s Euphoria. The actress received her second Emmy nomination this morning, becoming the youngest ever two-time acting nominee. In addition, the actress is now the youngest producing nomination as well, as she is an executive producer for the series at 25 years old. This won’t be the first time Zendaya has left her mark on the Emmys, as she became the youngest star ever to receive a win in the Outstanding Lead Actress category in 2020.

Her character in Euphoria is a struggling 17-year-old drug addict, which she has portrayed excellently throughout the series. The rest of the show focuses on an ensemble cast of high school students dealing with issues of drugs, sex, and violence. Euphoria stars Hunter Schafer, Angus Cloud, Jacob Elordi, Maude Apatow, Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira, and Sydney Sweeney alongside Zendaya.


Euphoria was nominated for 16 Emmys in total, including Outstanding Drama Series; Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series; Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series with Sydney Sweeney; Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series; Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series with Martha Kelly; and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama series with Colman Domingo to name a few.

Tune into the 74th Primetime Emmys on Sept. 12th to see just how many awards Euphoria can pull in.

Zendaya Is One of the Biggest Names in Hollywood

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Zendaya is known for more than just her work in Euphoria. Over the past five years, the actress has starred in several blockbusters and worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. In 2017, Zendaya began her work in the MCU, playing MJ, Peter Parker’s love interest in the Spider-Man trilogy. She had a significant role in the most recent two Spidey films, which collectively grossed more than $3 billion at the box office.

In addition, Zendaya starred in the 2017 musical The Greatest Showman alongside Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron. 2021 would be a massive year for the actress. She appeared in three Hollywood hits — her Spider-Man: No Way Home role, Lola Bunny in Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Chani in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. She will reprise her role as Chani next year when Dune: Part II hits theaters on Nov. 17th, 2023.

Zendaya will continue her role as Rue in Euphoria Season 3, where the 25-year-old actress is set to make her directorial debut. Will she become the youngest person to win an Outstanding Direction Award? It would be unwise to count the record-setting actress out.