In Season 2 of “The Chi,” Yolonda Ross‘s character is in a state of transition. “She’s now a mother without a child at home,” the actress explains. “So she’s dealing with empty-nesting, and it’s time for her to really find herself again because she spent all this time taking care of her child and taking care of others all the time.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Ross above or listen to the audio below.
Created by Lena Waithe, this Showtime series examines life on the South Side of Chicago as seen through the eyes of several different citizens. Ross plays Jada Washington, a single mother and nurse who’s raising her son Emmett (Jacob Latimore) while he fails to take responsibility for his own children.
This leads Jada to finally kick him out of the house. The season premiere includes a heartbreaking scene where Emmett begs his mother to let him back in over the intercom, but she refuses. “That was hard,” Ross reveals. “He’s not just her child: he’s really the only person that she’s around daily… He is her life. So I feel it was just as hard for her to let him go and have to cut that cord with him so he can grow and fly and become more of a man who’s taking care of himself.”
Ultimately, that is Jada’s goal for herself too. “It’s time to take care of Jada,” Ross says. “She has not been in that place in a long time.” So the actress was “really excited about exploring that, her moving forward as a single woman.”
Ross has twice competed at the Independent Spirit Awards for her film work: Best Debut Performance for “Stranger Inside” (2001) and Best Supporting Actress for “Go for Sisters” (2013). “Stranger Inside” also brought her a Breakthrough Award at the Gothams. Her other film credits include “Antwone Fisher” (2002), “Shortbus” (2006) and “I’m Not There” (2007), and she has appeared in TV shows including “The Get Down,” “Treme,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”
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