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When They See Him! Why Jharrel Jerome’s Emmy Win Means More Than You Think



It’s a harrowing story and the role of a lifetime — and for Jharrel Jerome it was history-making.

On Sunday night, Jerome won an Emmy Award, his first, for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for his role in “When They See Us.” The 21-year-old star made history as the youngest person to win an Emmy in that category, as well as the first Afro-Latino to win for acting.

Jerome beat out other nominees Mahershala Ali (True Detective), Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora), Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), Jared Harris (Chernobyl) and Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon) with his riveting portrayal of Exonerated Five member, Kory Wise. A role in which he served as the only actor to portray his character’s journey from childhood into adulthood.

After thanking “When They See Us” director Ava DuVernay, Jerome took a moment to thank the Exonerated Five who were in attendance and were shown giving Jerome a standing ovation.

Backstage, Jerome opened up about winning an award for a story that shows the pain African Americans can endure on a “regular basis.” “I think our strongest stories are the stories of pain considering that’s what we go through on a regular basis … I think the truth is our pain needs to be told,” he said.

Congrats to Jharrel and the entire cast of “When They See Us”.

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