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Zendaya and Squid Games‘ Lee Jung-Jae Made Emmys History with Their Lead Actor Wins


American actor and singer, Zendaya, and South Korean actor Lee Jung-Jae broke all records at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards yesterday.

The Euphoria actor became the youngest and the first Black woman to win the Best Actress award in a drama series twice, while the Squid Game actor became the first South Korean to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.


In her acceptance speech, Zendaya expressed her gratitude to the show’s writer, Sam Levinson for trusting her with the character of Rue. “Thank you for believing in me even in moments where I didn’t believe in myself,” said the 26-year-old. She also thanked her co-stars for creating a safe space to help make this challenging show. “I just want to say you know, my greatest wish for Euphoria was that it could help heal people. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me,” she said and added, “I want you to know that anyone who has loved a Rue or feels like they are a Rue, I want you to know I’m so grateful for your stories and I carry them with me, and I carry them with her.”


The actor won her first Emmy for season one of Euphoria in 2020, making her the youngest recipient of the award and two years later, now aged 26, Zendaya has taken home the award a second time.

Squid Game also took home more than just the Lead Actor award. The show’s director Hwang Dong-hyuk received the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the Netflix show, while Jung Ho-Yeon was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award, and both Oh Young-soo and Park Hae-soo were nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award.

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