Zendaya became the youngest star to win best lead actress in a drama
On Sept. 20, 24-year-old Zendaya was shocked when she was awarded the title of Best Lead Actress in a Drama for her role on HBO’s Euphoria.
“This is pretty crazy,” Zendaya said as she held her statuette.
The star beat out Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, Sandra Oh, and Laura Linney. She also beat the record that Jodie Comer set last year when she won the award at age 26 for Killing Eve.
“Thank you to all of the other incredible women in this category,” Zendaya said during the award show. “I admire you so much.”
In the series about love, sex, drugs, and identity, which premiered on HBO in June of 2019, she stars as Rue Bennett. Zendaya portrays her character’s struggles after leaving rehab at the start of the series.
‘The Bachelorette’ star Rachel Lindsay had the chance to interview Zendaya
Rachel Lindsay from The Bachelorette Season 13 joined the Extra team in August of 2020 as the show’s newest correspondent. According to Daily Mail, she was excited about her new job and ready to “engage and entertain.”
At the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, Lindsay had the chance to interview Zendaya. Although the star spoke to the former Bachelorette via video chat, it was not any less glamorous.
“Congratulations! First time nominee, first time win — How does it feel?” Lindsay began the interview.
She also commented on the star’s outfit, asking what the second ensemble was. (It was Armani).
“I was Rue for Halloween, and it was a hit,” Lindsay admitted. Then she asked, “What does it mean for you to get an award like this playing such a different role?”
“Rue is a full complicated human being with layers,” Zendaya explained. “She makes mistakes, and she does the wrong thing. The fact that we are able to have empathy for her is so huge, especially for addiction — de-stigmatizing addiction in that way. I am grateful for the show and the reactions we are able to get from it.”
Why are fans so excited about Lindsay interviewing Emmy winner Zendaya?
“Rachel has ascended,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “And so has Zendaya. She’s so good in Euphoria.”
Lindsay spoke out against racial injustice and racism in the franchise of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette following the unjust killing of George Floyd. Fans of the long-running series supported the star and called for action. Now, they are happy to see their fan-favorite interviewing another inspiring Black woman.
“I love Rachel and am so happy for her!” another fan wrote. “Amazing! Euphoria was one of my favorite shows of last year.”
Others added comments such as “Black excellence,” and “my queens.”
Bachelor Nation hopes to see more people of color represented on the upcoming seasons of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor.