Sydney Sweeney has been going from strength to strength in recent years. Since the 24-year-old’s early roles in The Handmaid’s Tale and Sharp Objects, she’s appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, enthralled viewers in The White Lotus, won a part opposite Dakota Johnson in Marvel’s Madame Web, and dazzled critics with her embodiment of the fragile, beguiling Cassie across two seasons of Euphoria. The ultimate sign that she’s secured her position as one of the most sought-after actors of her generation? The fact that, on July 12, she was recognized by the Television Academy for the first time ever, with not one, but two Emmy nominations.
Alongside the likes of Ozark’s Julia Garner, Squid Game’s Hoyeon Jung, and Succession’s Sarah Snook, Sweeney received a nod in the supporting actress in a drama series category for Euphoria. Meanwhile, in the supporting actress in a limited series or movie category, her turn as the terrifying, borderline sociopathic Olivia in The White Lotus landed her a spot on a shortlist that also included four of her co-stars: Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario, and Natasha Rothwell.
The first thing she did upon hearing the news, according to an Instagram video posted shortly after the announcement? Call her mom in tears while curled up on the passenger seat of a car, of course. “What a morning,” she wrote in the accompanying caption. “Thank you so much to the Television Academy for my Emmy nominations! It’s an honor to know that both Olivia and Cassie have connected with so many. I’m so proud of both these shows and grateful to everybody that’s been a part of them. But most importantly mom, I love you, we did it through the ups and downs!”
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Her castmates on *Euphoria—*the HBO behemoth whose second season made it the network’s second-most-watched show behind Game of Thrones—had plenty of other reasons to celebrate, too. The blistering drama received a total of 16 nominations including best series, casting, cinematography, costumes, make-up, and best guest actor and actress in a drama series for Colman Domingo and Martha Kelly, respectively. Best of all, Zendaya, who became the youngest person to take home the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series in 2020, made history once again: At 25, she is now the youngest two-time lead acting nominee and the youngest woman ever to be nominated for producing. “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,” she said in an Instagram post. “I’m so proud to work beside you.”
Up next, Zendaya is gearing up for her expanded role in Dune: Part Two while Sweeney prepares for her MCU debut. And as for Euphoria’s other breakouts? Jacob Elordi is poised to star in Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, the hotly anticipated follow-up to Promising Young Woman; Hunter Schafer is joining Rachel Zegler in the upcoming Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes; and Barbie Ferreira is set to appear in the blockbuster horror movie of the summer, Jordan Peele’s Nope. If we know one thing for sure, it’s that we’ll be seeing this talented ensemble on our screens for many more years to come—and long after the final season of Euphoria has wrapped.