Mishael Morgan Becomes First Black Woman to Win Lead Actress Award at Daytime Emmys


“The Young and the Restless” star Mishael Morgan reflects on her historical Daytime Emmy win becoming the first Black actress to win for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series. “It’s been incredible,” say Morgan on “The Talk” Monday.

“It means everything. It means that my hard work has paid off. And I feel like, when I was a kid, my dad always told me, you need to be 10 times better because you’re black, just to be seen as equal. And I hope this step forward shows that we can be equal.

We’re getting to a place where more of us can just be our best and that’s enough.” She adds, “When I was a little girl I was an immigrant, and that means that you need to pick a job and a dream that is stable, and I was going to be an attorney…and God intervened and I decided to become an actor and I didn’t understand why, and then, I really truly think it’s because storytellers, they have a way impacting and changing, influencing a world so much faster.”

On how she celebrated her historical win, she reveals, “A lot of alcohol was involved…had a little after party and a lot of pizza back the hotel room with a bunch of friends.”