Actress Tracee Ellis Ross has been having an amazing year! Recently she has directed an episode of the ABC hit show “Blackish” which she stars in along side Anthony Anderson, and we also got to witness her dance around in what is known as the #blackgirlanthem, Drake’s “Nice For What?” video. Well Ellis-Ross sat down with Vanity Fair to discuss the comparisons people make between her and her T.V. character, having her paycheck become public information to help push the #TimesUpMovement and more.
Earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter, reported that Tracee Ellis Ross was getting paid significantly less than her co-star, Anthony Anderson and was considering devoting less time to the show if contracts for the fifth season weren’t to her liking. This issue caused splits opinions with the #TimesUpMovement. The #TimesUpMovement is a movement against sexual harassment and mistreatment of women in the workplace. Practically women in Hollywood, a lot of issues that are behind the scenes are coming to the for front, especially the pay gap issue.
“That was really fucking awkward,” Ross says. “I don’t know how that information got out. But I understand the interest because there is a larger, deeper, more important conversation going on that is not about me, but is about people being paid appropriately for their contribution and the work that they do, not because of their gender, race, or anything. And it is a valid, real, important, past-due conversation that should no longer be a conversation, that should just be handled . . . across all industries.”
Of her own salary gap, Ross would say only, “That has been resolved.”
In the show “Blackish,” Ellis-Ross plays Rainbow Johnson, a happily married mother of three. In reality she couldn’t be more different than her character and she is tried of people comparing the two. She is a happily single 45-year-old woman living her best life. Today we are seeing more women who are not married and do not have kids accomplish their goals which brings up the age-old burden that society tends to place only on women; does a woman have to be married with children to be happy?
“Last year, I was [fictionally] pregnant all season,” Ross says. “That brought on a lot of comments and questions and pontifications from people with no invitation. I literally have said to people, for real, no joke, ‘Why don’t you just get out of my womb? Like, get out of my uterus? What are you doing in there? And why are you asking those questions? And what makes you think you can ask that?’ Part of what patriarchy has created for women is this siloed-off experience, with one answer for what a good life looks like.”
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