Tracee Ellis Ross returned to network television on the hit ABC sitcom Blackish, and is one of six actresses being featured in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter gathered the A-list actresses for a very honest roundtable conversation on a couple of interesting topics, including sex scenes, racism, colorism and more.

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Tracee was vey open and honest about her experiences as a “black actress” in hollywood, here are are some excerpts of the interview:

On filming sex scenes:


ROSS: On network shows, there are a lot of instructions: Close the mouth. You can move, make the sounds, but no tongue. I had some incidences on “Girlfriends.” This guy’s tongue jammed in like a lizard out of nowhere.

On the most overtly sexist thing that’s happened to you working in Hollywood:
ROSS: I think racism trumps everything. [It all] happens behind the scenes.
DUNHAM: So many shows wouldn’t exist if you and Mara [Brock Akil] hadn’t made Girlfriends and pushed it as far as you did.
ROSS: We did 176 episodes.
ROSS: Being on a show run by a woman with four women leads gives you a template that when you walk out into the world, you don’t see it. It changed my expectations.

Tracee, Chris Rock wrote an essay for The Hollywood Reporter in which he talked about how you can go to the movies once a week for months and never see a black woman in a substantial role. 
RODRIGUEZ: I think that also goes for Latinos as well.
ROSS: There aren’t many [roles in film]. That’s why I say no to all the offers! (Laughs.) Working on a film is one job where you look at a casting breakdown and I’ll think, “That’s me!” But she’s not supposed to be black.
RODRIGUEZ: One hundred percent.
ROSS: But I go for them anyway….

On how much self-deprecation figures into how you connect with your audience:

ROSS: I tested once for a network show to play a lawyer. A Harvard-educated motherf—in’ lawyer, OK? I wore a skirt suit and heels. Seemed appropriate. Then there were many discussions about my hair. They’d printed up all these pictures of me from 15 f—in’ years ago and had me in and out of the bathroom trying on clothes. They finally pick a skirt — the shortest I brought. Then got a T-shirt from one of the people in the office. The woman says, “Hmmm, your boobs.” I was like, “I didn’t bring a bra for this T-shirt.” She screams down the hall, “Who wears a 34B?” I put on someone else’s bra, a size too small, and somehow auditioned. I remember wondering, “What did I just allow myself to do?” The other actress [who auditioned] was dressed like she was going to a club and got the role. It was one of those moments where you’re so confused and humiliated. But that’s part of the biz.

On asking for what you think you deserve:
ROSS: I was raised by a woman [singer Diana Ross] who has high standards for what she’s worth, which has been called “diva behavior.” I have witnessed flagrant, disgusting behavior, and that is not my mother. There is a way to be a woman, ask for what we deserve and be able to negotiate.

Watch the clip of  Tracee discuss a screen test gone wrong:

Other actress featured in this issue Gina Rodriguez Jane the VirginLena Dunham GirlsEllie Kemper Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and Kate McKinnon Saturday Night Live; and Amy Schumer Last Comic Standing

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Victoria B. (@unabashedlytori)