Billy Porter's life changed after Emmy award win

ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShareBilly Porter's life "changed" when he won an Emmy award, in ways in which he insisted wouldn't impact on a white actor's career.

The 50-year-old star made history last year as the first openly gay Black man to win the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Drama for his performance as Pray Tell in 'Pose' and he insisted it was more meaningful for his career than it would have been for his white counterparts.

He said: "My white counterparts work all the time whether than win awards or not.

Speaking during Deadline's “Contenders Television: The Nominees” virtual event, he said: "As a Black gay man whose queerness was considered my liability for the first 25 years-plus of my career, it's been breathtaking to watch that flip -- to watch what was considered my liability for so long become the thing that everyone is responding to."

However, the actor insisted his career is about the "work first" and he doesn't set out to try and win awards.

At next month Emmy Awards, Billy is again nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series alongside Steve Carell for “The Morning Show”, Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us”, Jason Bateman for “Ozark”, and “Succession” actors Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong.

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