The Young and the Restless actress Eva LaRue won the Daytime Emmy Award for Guest Performer in a Drama Series as part of the virtual ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic. She portrayed Celeste Rosales on the CBS Daytime drama. This was her second nomination. The actress was previously nominated in 1997 for her work as Dr. Maria Santos on All My Children. During her acceptance speech, LaRue gave a special tribute to her late ex-husband, soap veteran John Callahan.
In the clip that played, Celeste read Kyle (Michael Mealor) the riot act over his partying days in New York City with Theo (Tyler Johnson). Her daughter Lola (Sasha Calle) stood by embarrassed by her mom’s behavior. Celeste came to Genoa City a few times last year for her children and she returned for Lola’s wedding shower and then again for Kyle and Lola’s wedding. During her time in town, Celeste and Jack (Peter Bergman) seemed to have a spark, but nothing ended up coming of it. Calle was also nominated for her portrayal of Lola, but she did not take home the statue.
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In her acceptance speech, LaRue thanked the writers, cast, and staff at Y&R. She also shared some love with her daughter, Kaya McKenna Callahan, who she said read lines with her and gave her some helpful advice. She then spent a large portion of her time talking about her late ex-husband John Callahan, who died unexpectedly in late March. LaRue thanked the entire soap opera community for its outpouring of love to her and Kaya after they lost Callahan. The actress also dedicated her first Daytime Emmy to him because she said she learned how to act alongside him and she teared up as she discussed what he meant to her. The couple co-starred on ABC’s now-defunct soap All My Children. He portrayed Edmund Grey, to whom her character Maria was married. By the end of her speech, LaRue encouraged people to work to create a better world with more love and acceptance.
The actress took to social media to celebrate her win with her family, friends, and fans.
“I just WON a Freakin” EMMY!!!!! Thank Youuuu @youngandrestlesscbs Sooooo much LOVE to Kaya, Christina, my family & Friends,” she tweeted.
LaRue had a field of talented stars who were nominated in the guest performer category alongside her. They were Elissa Kapneck (Sasha, Y&R), Michael Knight (Martin, General Hospital), Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Simon, Y&R), and Chrishell Stause (Jordan, Days of Our Lives).