There are a couple of things that you should know about Ross upfront. First, she is more like you than you think. She told me that Net-A-Porter and MatchesFashion.com need to be deleted off of her phone because she spends too much time there. She even gave me this message to send to her comrade: “I’m sorry to my credit cards and I’m sorry to my hard-working self who works so hard for my money and then gives it to MatchesFashion.” Ross, too, is on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans — her current preference is faux-vintage and high-waisted. She binge watched The Crown in a day. And after that epic “Formation” number at the beginning of last year’s Black Girls Rock, she had to take Motrin, ice her knees, and take hot baths for months.
Ross really is as light-hearted as you think she is. She laughs without remorse — at any given moment she’s likely to let out the same cackle you might reserve for an inside joke with your best friend. She credits some of this to her father. “My dad is hilarious. I don’t know if I got it genetically, but his perspective and point of view on life and ability to laugh at himself and laugh at life and see the humor in life is something that I love about him. And that I’m very grateful I got that.” And she certainly did. Her Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy is not for naught. Ross shines on sitcoms like Girlfriends and black-ish.
But for all of her success in the genre, she’s never considered herself a comedian. ”I don’t know if I’ve ever considered myself funny,” she told me. “But I think I’m really silly. I do find humor in life... in a lot of things” she added with an uncontrolled chuckle. So if you ever find yourself wondering how Tracee Ellis Ross manages to make you smile every time she opens her mouth, know that it’s because humor found her, not the other way around.