“I don’t know that a lot went through my mind,” recalls Tracee Ellis Ross during our recent interview (listen to the exclusive audio above) when asked about her Golden Globe win for “Black-ish.” “There was a lot that went through my body,” she jokes. Ross became the first African-American woman to take the award for Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress since Debbie Allen (“Fame” in 1983) for playing Rainbow Johnson, a biracial doctor raising her family in a predominantly white neighborhood with her husband, Dre (Anthony Anderson). Should she win the Emmy for Best Comedy Actress later this year, it would be the first time for an African-American woman received that prize since Isabel Sanford (“The Jeffersons” in 1981).
This season introduced audiences to Rainbow’s siblings (Daveed Diggs and Rashida Jones) and found her dealing with a pregnancy. As well, the episode “Being Bow-Racial” explored her reticence to her son (Marcus Scribner) dating a white girl. “I am of mixed heritage, and I have never played a mixed person on television,” Ross divulges. “So the fact that we explored that, and then, like our show does, the way we entered into that subject matter, was so fascinating to me.” The premise “was so funny to me and bizarre,” and opened the door to, “exploring Bow’s identity.”
Ross first competed at the Emmys for “Black-ish” in 2016. She also contended at the SAG Awards earlier this year as part of the show’s ensemble. Check out our full interview for more about Ross’s work on “Black-ish,” and click here to watch our extended video interview with the actress.
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