Tracee Ellis Ross On How She Moved Beyond Her Mother’s Legacy
, 2023-01-27 14:13:09,
In an alternate universe, Tracee Ellis Ross would have been an excellent meteorologist. “I’m checking the weather right now,” she says breathlessly from her New York City hotel room. It’s a busy Friday morning, and she’s T minus 60 minutes from jumping in a car and then jetting home to spend time with her family. That is, if the forecast cooperates. “Right now it’s 46 degrees and drizzling but as the day progresses, the temperature is going to drop in an insane way. I’m looking at the wind speeds too. We better get talking!”
The reality, of course, is that Ross shines as an award-winning actress, producer, entrepreneur and CEO. Travel chaos aside, she’s eager to sound off on all the above.
“I’ve always loved telling stories,” she says. “It’s about connection and humanity and finding the differences that make our world so robust and textured and beautiful. I’m also one of those people who loves going to dinner by myself and asking people, ‘Who are you?’ I’m still that curious kid at heart. It’s what turns me on about life.”
Ross, 50, puts these talents to use as the executive producer of the new Dear Media-produced podcast anthology, I Am America. Each of the weekly 10 episodes spotlights a person of color who overcame the odds to become an unconventional success story and represent, in her words, “culture, belonging and community.” Storytellers include activist architect Deanna Van Buren (who designs spaces for…
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