Zendaya breaks Emmy record as youngest producing nominee

Euphoria star Zendaya made history landing her second Emmy nomination for her turn on HBO’s teen drama, becoming the youngest ever two-time acting nominee, according to reports. 

The actress, now 25, is also now the youngest producing nominee, as an exec producer on the series, which scored in Outstanding Drama. Zendaya had previously set a record with her first win in 2020, which made her the youngest to conquer the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. 

Based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin from HOT, Euphoria follows a group of high school students in the town of East Highland, including Zendaya’s 17-year-old drug addict Rue, through their experiences of identity, trauma, drugs, family, friendships, love and sex. The series created, written, directed and exec produced by Sam Levinson returned for its second season in January and was renewed for a third the following month, this time around establishing itself as the most-watched in HBO’s history, behind only the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones.

In addition, Zendaya, who is currently filming “Dune: Part Two,” the sequel to the Denis Villeneuve science fiction adaptation that netted six Oscars this year, is now the first Black woman (and second Black person) to be nominated for acting and songwriting in the same year at the Emmys.

The series produced in partnership with A24 also stars Hunter Schafer, Nika King, Eric Dane, Angus Cloud, Jacob Elordi, Algee Smith, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira, Maude Apatow, Javon Walton, Dominic Fike, Storm Reid, Austin Abrams and more. Levinson exec produces alongside Kevin Turen, Ravi Nandan, Drake, Adel “Future” Nur, Zendaya, Will Greenfield, Ashley Levinson, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin and Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein.

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