Anna Deavere Smith and Beau Bridges have been tapped to play Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) parents in an upcoming episode of Black-ish, EW has learned exclusively.
Smith (Nurse Jackie, The West Wing) will play Alicia—pronounced Ah-lee-see-ah and you better not call her Ali-sha—Rainbow’s new age, educated and always-right mother. Alicia knows Bow would be much happier if she were married to a nice white man—mirroring Alicia’s own marriage to Bow’s white father, Paul, played by Bridges (The Millers, Masters of Sex).
Paul, meanwhile, has a good heart and a good head on his shoulders. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and drives an eco-friendly RV that runs on animal waste. He’s happy letting Alicia wear the pants in the relationship and very proud to be married to her—after all, his license plate says “BLKWYF.”
Black-ish airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.