Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) won the Golden Globe earlier this year for Best TV Comedy Actress for her role as Rainbow Johnson, a doctor married to an ad executive (Anthony Anderson) and raising four children — and now a fifth after giving birth to a new baby in the recent season finale. Now she’s nominated for Best Comedy Actress at the Emmys for the second year in a row, and “Black-ish” keeps picking up steam on the awards scene, so will she be the one who finally takes down five-time defending champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)?
“Who the hell wants to take down Julia Louis-Dreyfus? If anything I want to jump in bed with her!” Ross joked when we talked to her in June (watch above). Ross would love to win of course, but Louis-Dreyfus “is one of my heroes, and I think everyone’s hero … Do I want to take her down? I don’t know. But do I want to have coffee with her, dinner with her and maybe watch a movie with her on the weekend — sure. But I feel like I could list a whole bunch of other actresses that are possibly in this category that I would want to do that with as well,” including her “childhood hero” Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”). The best solution, of course, would be a six-way tie.
Though in the case of this year’s Emmy race it would have to be a seven-way tie. Ross, Louis-Dreyfus and Tomlin compete against Tomlin’s co-star Jane Fonda, Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”). For her nomination Ross submitted the episode “Being Bow-Racial” to Emmy voters, in which she faces her own internal prejudices after her teenage son brings home a white girlfriend. She discussed that memorable episode and much more during our in-depth discussion above.
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