Tracee Ellis Ross Covers Uptown Magazine

by West Parsons on March 9, 2012

in celebrities

Anything Tracee, I’m on it! I have been missing seeing her on the tube weekly in her new show Reed Between the Lines, so this month’s feature in Uptown Magazine comes just in time. Here are a few highlights from this interview and photo shoot:

On the difference between Carla Reed and Joan Clayton:
“I enjoyed playing a different role. Carla is so different from Joan. And I am at a different point in my life. Joan and Carla are pieces of me. But I am much more than both of them. Joan was a very specific piece of me. She was neurotic, faithless, and afraid, which lends itself to some really good humor. Carla is the evolved version of Joan. She has the love that Joan was looking for, so it creates humor from a different place.”

On coming out of her shell:
“I was shy, but it came out in a big personality. My turning point was when I let my hair go naturally and I got contact lenses. I am really blind, by the way. I have these big eyes that don’t work!”

On her love for magazines and fashion:
“I have loved magazines since I was a child … And let me explain something, I do not read magazines, I look at the pictures … When I was in high school I would make wish boards. They were feelings and images, not words. It was all fashion.”

On taking risks:
“As a younger person, my philosophy was jump off a cliff. I realize now that there are stairs and elevators. I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me. I can even ask for help! Not feeling that I have to know everything, and that’s where the growth comes in, in the not knowing.”

On her “lily pad moment”:
“It’s the time when you come above water and you are aware of your surroundings,” she explains. “I was thinking: Oh my! This is my life? How did I get here? And better yet, what am I going to do with it?”

On having children:
“Oh, God yeah. I want to be a mom. But, obviously, this stuff happens in God’s time and not mine.”

On Diana Ross (aka her mom) paving her career path:
“My mom’s career gave me the benefit of a great life and influenced my style and who I am as a person. I felt afraid about that early on in my career, [but] I am comfortable enough in my own skin now. And Hollywood does not work like that. They will unlock the door, but they sit back and wait to see how you are going to walk through the door.”

Interested in Tracee’s regimen for that big curly mane? She shares the deets in a previous interview.