Zendaya’s Acceptance Speech Left People Teary-Eyed At The 74th Emmy Awards

She's an icon, she's a legend and she is the moment.


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There’s no stopping Zendaya.

The 26-year-old made history yet again at the Emmy Awards, as she became the youngest-ever two-time acting winner, as well as the first Black woman to win the lead actress in a drama series twice.

Taking to the stage to accept the award for her emotional and difficult portrayal of Rue in the HBO hit series Euphoria, Zendaya said:

“Thank you for making such a safe space to make this very difficult show. I love you all so much.

“Thank you to the Academy, thank you to my friends and family, some of which are here tonight. Thank you to Sam [Levinson] for sharing Rue with me. Thank you for believing in me, even in moments where I didn’t believe in myself.”


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Continuing, she added that her “greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people,” and went on to thank those who have shared their stories of addiction and loss, all of which Zendaya notes she carries with her and with Rue, when making the show.

Cast and crew of the show were seen looking teary-eyed and emotional as Zendaya gave her speech, while Reese Witherspoon on a nearby table also looked rather emotional as Zendaya wrapped up and walked off the stage. You and us too, Reese!

Euphoria is the most-watched show in HBO’s history, behind only the iconic Game of Thrones series. The show follows a group of 17-year-old high school students on a challenging path which sees them deal with everything from drugs to family issues, trauma, friendships, love and sex.

To the delight of fans, the show has been renewed for a third season, but will be missing one big star, Barbie Ferreira, who apparently left the show over tension with director Sam Levinson.

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