Zendaya Makes Emmys History Once Again With 4 'Euphoria' Nominations

The actor became the youngest woman ever to receive an Emmy nomination for producing.

Zendaya won her first Emmy over Zoom, but it looks like she may take center stage in person at the awards show come September.

The “Euphoria” star received four nominations Tuesday for her work on HBO’s critically acclaimed series ― and made Emmys history in the process.

The 25-year-old was once again honored with an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nod for her gripping portrayal as troubled high schooler Rue Bennett, making her the youngest ever two-time acting nominee in the category.

She’s favored to win that category, though she faces a number of distinguished competitors: past winner Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”), as well as Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Melanie Lynskey (“Yellowjackets”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) and Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”).

But Zendaya wasn’t done breaking records just yet. She also serves as an executive producer on “Euphoria,” which earned a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.

The honor makes the former Disney Channel star the youngest woman ever to receive an Emmy nomination for producing.

Zendaya landed another two nominations for her musical talents, as she’s credited for writing the lyrics to two tracks featured in the show ― “Elliot’s Song” from the episode “All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name,” and “I’m Tired” from the episode “You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can.”

The “Dune” star is no stranger to making history at the awards show, after becoming the youngest winner ever in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category and only the second Black woman to take home the trophy, following Viola Davis (“How To Get Away with Murder”).

And whenever the highly anticipated third season of “Euphoria” rolls around, the multi-hyphenate entertainer just might add “director” to her credits.

Zendaya stars in the second season of HBO's "Euphoria."
Zendaya stars in the second season of HBO's "Euphoria."
Photograph by Eddy Chen/HBO

Zendaya recently said she will “probably” helm an episode of the series in the future, after almost directing this season’s sixth installment, “A Thousand Little Trees of Blood.”

“It’s funny. I was actually supposed to direct episode 6, but then I had to act in it,” she told Vogue Italia in a recent interview. “I didn’t have enough time, so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to this time around. I wanted to have enough time to do it the right way. So, next season probably.”

The star is in good company with her fellow “Euphoria” cast member Sydney Sweeney, who landed nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in both the Drama and Limited Series categories for her performances in “Euphoria” and “The White Lotus.”

“Euphoria” is one of the most heavily honored series in this year’s Emmys, with 16 total nods ― trailing only behind “Hacks,” “Only Murders in the Building,” “The White Lotus,” “Ted Lasso” and “Succession,” the last of which led the pack with 25.

Popular in the Community