Zendaya’s acclaimed performance on the first season of HBO’s “Euphoria” earned the highest possible television honor: an Emmy award.
Indeed, she took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series during Sunday’s show. Zendaya beat out Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Olivia Colman, Jennifer Aniston, and Laura Linney.
Despite the widespread acclaim, Zendaya was actually a distant betting underdog going into Sunday’s show. Oddsmakers felt confident in a Laura Linney win, but voters ultimately proved more captivated by Zendaya’s work as Rue.
— Shortly before awarding Zendaya her Emmy, the broadcast revealed “Succession” star Jeremy Strong as Outstanding Lead Actor. He beat out his “Succession” co-star Brian Cox, as well as Jason Batemen, Billy Porter, Steve Carell, and Sterling K. Brown.