Why Zendaya Wasn’t at the 2023 Golden Globes

Why Zendaya Wasn’t at the 2023 Golden Globes

Why Zendaya Wasn’t at the 2023 Golden Globes

Several major winners of the 2023 Golden Globes were not present to receive their trophies live on stage. Cate Blanchett missed out on her Best Actress in a Drama award, and Amanda Seyfried wasn’t there to win Best Actress in a Miniseries (she’s working on a mystery musical, apparently?). The biggest absence, however, might have been Zendaya’s, as the actress won Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Rue in Euphoriabut unfortunately, she was not present at the event on Tuesday evening.

Jay Ellis and Glen Powell, who presented the award, were the bearers of bad news. “Zendaya couldn’t be with us tonight, so we’re going to accept this award on her behalf,” Ellis said, and Powell added, “She’s busy, she’s working y’all. That’s a good thing.” Luckily, we heard from Zendaya before the night was over, as the actress took to Instagram to share her gratitude.

“I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there tonight but just wanted to say thank you to @goldenglobes for this amazing honor,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself on set as than St. “To my fellow nominees, it is a privilege to be nominated alongside you, I admire you all deeply. Thank you to my Euphoria family, without you none of this is possible. Finally, thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who welcomed Rue into theirs. I think everyone knows how much she means to me, but the fact that she could mean something to someone else is a gift. Honestly, I am at a loss for words as i type this, all i can say is thank you thank you thank you.

But why was Zendaya not at the Golden Globes? While she has now won two Emmys for her work on Euphoria, this is the first time that she has been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, marking a rather important moment in the career of the actress. Powell might have been right when he said she was working, but what is she currently working on? His next film, Challengers, starring Luca Guadagnino filmed last year and reportedly wrapped in June (she had to miss the 2022 Met Gala for that one). There is also Dune: part 2, but this shot mostly during the summer and finished production in early December. In fact, Zendaya was last seen in Los Angeles at a For Your Consideration event for Euphoria just last month.

So, could she be working on a secret project? Or maybe maybe Euphoria season three? Or maybe she didn’t want to attend the Globes given her past with racism. Yes, the HFPA has taken steps to right their wrongs, but they still have a ways to go. Whatever the reason, we missed Zendaya’s presence (and the look she would no doubt have pulled off for the event).

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