Tracee Ellis Ross reveals how the Black-ish election episode challenged her
This year brought several TV interpretations of the 2017 presidential election, including Black-ish‘s take. In one episode of the ABC sitcom, Tracee Ellis Ross’ character Rainbow covers herself in merch from progressive nonprofits and starts aggressively donating to charities to cope with Donald Trump’s election. The actress, who won a Golden Globe for the role earlier this year, says this was one episode that was challenging for her to film.
“I felt like — I, Tracee — had a lot of feelings and a lot to say and my character was not expressing those,” she told EW, noting she felt the same way about the show’s episode tackling police brutality. “Other than that, there is no challenge, really. I’m playing a character that is not me so it’s actually really fun and challenging in a good way to stretch and experience a point of view that’s not always my own.”
This year, Ross is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, a category with actresses she describes as “second to none.” “Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are two women who have influenced my life, not just my career,” she gushed, “so I bow down to be in the same category as them.”
Watch the video above to learn more about how Ross and her character diverge, including how she “mothers” her young costars.
The fourth season of Black-ish premieres on ABC Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET.