Jerome is also the first Afro-Latino to win in a main category; America Ferrera was the first Latin-American to win in 2007.
— Shadow and Act (@shadowandact) September 23, 2019
“It’s a blessing and I hope this is a step forward for Dominicans, for Latinos, for Afro Latinos. It’s about time we’re here,” said Jerome backstage reflecting on his win. After learning that he was also the youngest to win in history backstage, “well damn, that’s incredible… kids are smart too,” he joked.
Jerome earned the trophy for his portrayal of exonerated five-member Korey Wise, who, as an adolescent, was wrongfully convicted of a crime, which led to a 14-year incarnation stint. Check out his acceptance speech below.