Mishael Morgan becomes the first Black actress to win an Emmy award for most outstanding lead actress in a daytime drama.
Mishael Morgan is celebrating her historic 2022 Daytime Emmy Award win.
The 35-year-old star of “The Young and the Restless” won the award for best outstanding lead actress in a daytime drama at the 49th annual ceremony on Friday night, becoming the first black actress to do so.
The long-running CBS series, Amanda Sinclair, and former Hilary Curtis star Morgan received a standing ovation as they won the coveted prize and spoke candidly about her upbringing in her acceptance speech.
“I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do,”
In her acceptance speech, she stated, “Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation, they can strive to be the best.”
She continued, “I need to thank the fans and everybody sitting at home. They embraced me when I came on this show, and I am so immensely proud of our generation”.
“We are breaking glass ceilings left, right, and center, and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together,” she added.
The landmark victory comes just months after she experienced an unimaginable loss.
The actress revealed in late March that her husband, Navid Ali’s brother Nazir, his wife Raven O’Dea, and their three children were all killed in a house fire in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
“On Monday morning, my husband’s only brother, along with his wife & 3 kids, died in a tragic house fire,” Morgan tweeted at the time. “I’m still in absolute disbelief.”
In an interview with Global News, Raven O’Dea’s father, Louie Felipa, claimed the fire spiraled out of control in part because there were no working fire alarms in the house.