Mishael Morgan, Star of ‘The Young and The Restless, Makes History with Win

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Mishael Morgan had a historic moment at the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The Young and the Restless Star, 35, was awarded Best Outstanding Lead Performance: Actress in Drama Series on June 24, making her the first Black woman to win this category. Morgan won the Best Outstanding Lead Performance in a Drama Series: Actress category for the third time.

“I’m so proud of this generation,”Morgan spoke during her acceptance speech. “…I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin …for being the best at what I do.”She told the story after her win Soap Central, “It felt surreal. I kept replaying it in my head, and then it took me a second to realize, ‘No, that’s not the voice in my head. They actually said my name.'”

Morgan shared that she was deeply touched by the Emmy-winning storyline for her character.”It’s funny because I started thinking about it a little more, and I was thinking about my dad a lot today, and this was so connected to him in a lot of ways. My dad didn’t meet his mom until he was 21. He was raised by her for a few years, but I think around the time he was eight, he ended up in Trinidad, and he didn’t meet her again until he was 21,” Morgan explained.

“And I remembered that when I was prepping the scenes and everything, and then, with everything going on, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is so much my dad’s story,’ and so, it meant so much to me in a lot of [ways], and that was the whole journey on the tape that I had; it was Amanda meeting her mother for the first time, then meeting her grandfather for the first time, who was not her, well, it was her biggest fan, but Amanda was not his biggest fan.”

“And then, you know, kind of breaking down with Devon [Bryton James], saying that she doesn’t know if she’s doing right by her father, and finally coming full circle and hoping that her father is proud of the work that she did,”She added. Morgan felt emotional after taking some time to reflect. “Playing two characters [Amanda and previously her twin sister, Hilary] and coming on the show was a challenge, but it was one that I was excited to take on, and I’m glad that it paid off.” 

“It was really hard thinking about how I was going to play a strong Black woman in a different way and not make her seem the same and make her seem fresh and different and have connections with these same people that I’ve been working with five, six years prior. But it was exciting, and it reminded me why we do this,”The actress told Soap Central. “We love to play, and we love to tell stories, and we love to become new people and transcend and send our messages out into the world.”

CBS broadcast the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards live at Pasadena Civic Center, June 24, from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. ET. Paramount+ allows you to view the live stream and also watch it on demand.