Out actor Billy Porter talked with Deadline about his second Emmy nomination for playing Pray Tell on FX's Pose.

Porter, who won in the category last year, said that he's not in show business for the trophies.

“First and foremost let me say, I'm an artist first,” Porter said while speaking at a virtual panel for Deadline's Contender's Television: The Nominees. “I don't do this because I want to win awards … awards are amazing … they are so much fun. You hold space for both.”

“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.”

Porter added that unlike his white counterparts, winning an Emmy change his life.

“My white counterparts work all the time whether they win awards or not,” Porter said. “My life actually does change. My life did change from winning an award.”

“I work very hard to make it about my work – it's always about the work first. The icing on the cake is when people receive it like this … I'm very honored,” he said.