So supportive! Zendaya‘s friends and colleagues did not hold back their excitement for the actress when she took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 2020 Emmy Awards, becoming the youngest to ever win the award.
“I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating,” the Euphoria star, 24, said at the virtual ceremony on Sunday, September 21, surrounded by her family. She was noticeably shocked by the win and almost fell out of her chair with excitement.
“I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there — I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that — but there is hope in our young people,” the former Disney Channel star added in her speech. “I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, ‘I see you. I admire you. I thank you.’”
The actress was up against multiple talented actresses in the category, including Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, Ozark‘s Laura Linney, The Crown‘s Olivia Coleman and The Morning Show‘s Jennifer Aniston.
During Zendaya’s emotional speech, the cameras cut to the other nominees, who were getting choked up and applauding for her.
After the show, the Greatest Showman actress opened up about portraying 17-year-old drug addict Rue on the HBO drama.
“For me, I’ve always been very grateful for all the people who connect to Rue or feel that, through the show, they are able to attach words or find themselves within a scene or a moment where they otherwise felt alone,” she told reporters Sunday night. “To have that feeling that there are people that feel what [Rue] feels is huge and very important … She’s very important to me.”
Her former and current costars celebrated her success via Instagram on Sunday night. Scroll down to see the stars’ reactions.
Reid, who portrays Gia in Euphoria, shared a video of herself watching the Emmys and screaming when Zendaya won. “OMGGGGGGG CRYING IN THE CLUB CONGRATS @zendaya,” she captioned the post.
Schafer, who plays Rue’s BFF, Jules Vaughn, posted a video via her Instagram Story of herself yelling in excitement. “Yesssss,” she howled in the clip. “Oh s–t!”
Euphoria‘s Ferreira also posted a screengrab of Zendaya’s win via her Instagram Story. “!!! When you don’t have cable and have to FaceTime @chloevero to watch Zendaya,” the actress, who plays Kat on the series, wrote next to the grab.
“F–k yes!!!!!!” Apatow posted to her Instagram Story next to a photo of Zendaya.
Chmerkovsiy, who was partnered with Zendaya during season 16 of Dancing With the Stars, posted a video of the pair dancing together in 2013.
“Proud of this Emmy winning superstar @zendaya,” the pro, 34, began. “Nearly 8 years ago I got the pleasure to teach a brilliant young woman how to ballroom dance on @dancingabc .. After giving it every ounce of our effort we came in second. Devastated by the loss I remember telling her that one day you’ll be winning an Oscar and part of the reason why will be this feeling of defeat you feel right now. A few L’s will teach you lifelong lessons you’ll turn into dubs real soon. It was definitely not said this eloquently nor sound remotely as cool, and it isn’t an Oscar yet, but I always knew you were special. Our season on DWTS, and now your continued success since has brought me ridiculous amount of joy. I’m so proud of you Z! Youngest ever winner of an Emmy for a leading role. You’re a superstar, and always have been! Love you fam to many more wins in your life.”