Over this past weekend, Sheryl Lee Ralph delivered an electrifying speech at the 2023 Critics’ Choice Awards after winning for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Ralph took to the stage in her gold gown and accepted the award for her role in Abbott Elementary.
Ralph stated: “Every mistake, every back break, every ‘No,’ every rejection in an industry that when I was 19 years old was quick to tell me there was no place for me, Sidney Poitier looked at me and said, ‘You’re a damn good actress…’ To all of you watching, come close to the screen and listen. People don’t have to like you,” she stated. “People don’t have to love you. People don’t even have to respect you. But when you look in the mirror, you better love what you see!”
Check out her full speech below: