BY: ELIZABETH DURAND STREISAND
It’s a family affair! Both Ron Cephas Jones and his daughter, Hamilton alum Jasmine Cephas Jones, took home Emmy Awards last weekend. Ron Cephas Jones won his second Emmy for his guest role on NBC’s beloved This Is Us, while Jasmine Cephas Jones won for her turn on Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn. This makes them the first father-daughter duo to win Emmys in the same year. (In case you haven’t caught it yet, #FreeRayshawn tells the story of a black military veteran who finds himself in a showdown with a New Orleans SWAT team and tries to talk his way out of the situation with the help of a sympathetic officer.)
While speaking in the virtual press room, Ron said, “As a parent that’s the most fulfilling that I could ever feel at the moment. Winning another Emmy is the icing on the cake, but to see my daughter progress and move into this place where she’s earned an Emmy is beyond words and I tear up every time I think about it to be honest with you. To see my daughter become healthy and happy, that’s a parent’s dream.” He added, “We always focused on the work ever since she was a little girl, and coming from the theater it’s always been about trying to do good work…when you do what you want to do and you’re happy and you’re healthy that’s the win in itself… When we found out she was nominated, I was expressing to her that’s the win in itself when your work gets acknowledged and the win itself is the icing on the cake that keeps you humble and keeps you hungry.”
Ron has been nominated for four Emmys for his work on This Is Us. “It’s the first role that I’ve had a professional actor in television in a series where I’ve actually had a long part so I was able to find all these beautiful layers in the character over several seasons. It gave me the opportunity to finally show the level of work I’m capable of doing,” he explained.
He also revealed that he was looking forward to “collaborations” with Jasmine.
For her part, Jasmine said, “It would have been so cool if we were in the same room together and celebrating. But just even to be able to have this conversation right now is pretty awesome.”