Zendaya made history at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards by becoming the youngest person to win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Her exceptional portrayal of Rue Bennett in HBO’s hit series “Euphoria” captivated audiences worldwide. But who were the talented individuals she was up against for this prestigious award?
1. Jennifer Aniston
Known for her iconic role as Rachel Green in the beloved sitcom “Friends,” Jennifer Aniston made a remarkable comeback to television with her role as Alex Levy in “The Morning Show.” Aniston’s powerful performance showcased her range as an actress and reminded viewers of her captivating on-screen presence.
2. Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman, an esteemed British actress, is renowned for her ability to bring depth and complexity to every character she portrays. Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s “The Crown” has garnered critical acclaim and further solidified her status as a versatile and talented actress.
3. Jodie Comer
Jodie Comer gained international recognition for her role as Villanelle in the thrilling series “Killing Eve.” Her portrayal of a charming yet ruthless assassin captivated audiences and earned her widespread acclaim for her ability to effortlessly switch between emotions, making her a strong contender for the Emmy.
4. Laura Linney
Laura Linney, known for her exceptional performances on both stage and screen, captivated viewers with her role as Wendy Byrde in Netflix’s crime drama series “Ozark.” Linney’s ability to portray complex emotions with subtlety made her a formidable competitor for the Outstanding Lead Actress award.
5. Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh has consistently showcased her talent and versatility throughout her career, and her performance as Eve Polastri in “Killing Eve” was no exception. Oh’s ability to bring depth and vulnerability to her character while navigating the complexities of a spy thriller series was truly remarkable.
Finally, we come to Zendaya herself.
At just 24 years old, she delivered a groundbreaking performance as Rue Bennett in “Euphoria,” exploring the struggles of addiction and mental health with raw honesty. Her portrayal resonated deeply with audiences, solidifying her as a force to be reckoned with in the acting world.
Each of these talented actresses brought something unique and compelling to their respective roles, making the Outstanding Lead Actress category one of the most competitive at this year’s Emmys. While Zendaya emerged victorious, it is important to acknowledge the incredible talent she was up against.
As viewers, we can only hope that this recognition will continue to inspire these exceptional actresses and pave the way for even more diverse and captivating performances in the future.