The vegetarian lead actress in Euphoria, Zendaya, has become the youngest winner of the Prime Time Emmy Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a drama series.
Zendaya’s role as Rue Bennett, a struggling drug-addicted teenager, in the HBO teen drama series Euphoria (2019–present) made her the youngest recipient of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Zendaya has already won an Emmy Award for outstanding actress in a drama series for her work as Rue Bennet in Euphoria, but she’s gearing up to potentially add more Emmys to her collection. The Emmy Awards unveiled its list of nominations for the 2022 ceremony on (July 12), which saw Zendaya earn a total of three nominations.
“Making this show with this cast and crew of the most incredibly talented people that I get the privilege of learning from everyday has been a highlight of my life. I’m so proud to work beside you and CONGRATULATIONS!” the actress wrote. “I don’t have the words to express the love and gratitude I feel right now, all I can do is say thank you with all my heart! Thanks to everyone who connected with our show, it is an honor to share it with you.” Zendaya earned nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series (which she won in 2020) and outstanding original music and lyrics for her work on tracks “Elliot’s Song” and “I’m Tired.” She may even add a fourth nomination to the tally when the TV Academy assigns names for the nominations for outstanding drama series, which Euphoria is up for. tar Zendaya is known for standing up for what she believes in and fighting against injustices in the world.
Thus, it perhaps is not surprising that Zendaya is a vegetarian to make a point against animal cruelty. According to an interview with People, Zendaya first had thoughts about ditching meat when she was 11 years old. She shared that when she and her father encountered a slaughterhouse on a road trip, he explained to her what it was and what went on behind the doors of such places. “I thought it was awful,” Zendaya said, “all those animals getting packed up in there waiting to be killed. I couldn’t believe that’s how I’d been getting my meat!”
However, while she was now more aware of how animals were treated for human consumption, she did not officially become a vegetarian until she watched PETA’s 2009 documentary Glass Walls, which is known for its tagline that says “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.” After many years of being a vegetarian, though, these days Zendaya does not crave meat that much anymore. “I don’t like the taste of meat. It actually makes me feel weird.”