Catching Up With Tracee Ellis Ross


By Dustin Fitzharris

The star of Girlfriends and Love, Loss, and What I Wore, (and Diana Ross's daughter) chats about her mother, her dream roles, and Betty White.

Another Facebook campaign or do you want petitions?
Yes! Start some petitions! We got the Lena Horne story. We got Saturday Night Live and we've got Glee. What else can we come up with?

That's a lot already.
Then let's keep talking because I'm sure we can find more!

OK, but let's find out what you do when you're not working.
I have amazing friends who I love to hang out. One of my favorite things to do is lay on my bed and chat on the phone. When I was on Girlfriends I never had time to do that. I'm really close to my family. I love my family, and we love hanging out together. We laugh when we're all together.

Your mother is on tour again. Are you going to see her?
Of course I am.

You'll love it. The show is all new and hot.
That's so funny. I saw the rehearsals. I'm on the inside. Don't forget! I know more than you, and you know a lot! [Laughs] She's amazing, and she's having so much fun.

There's a dog barking in the background? Is it yours?
Her name is Ladybug. We are like two peas in a pod. We've been playing all morning. She's a Lhasa Apso. I love my dog. She's the love of my life.

Speaking of love ' are you looking for it?
[Starts belting out the song 'Looking for Love' and laughs.] I'll let love look for me!

Besides Glee, what do you watch?
Damages. 30 Rock. I love all the HBO Shows. True Blood. Entourage. I still miss Sex and the City and cannot wait until the movie.

Don't you think you should be a nice addition to the cast?
Here we go! That's number 4! Or is that number 5?

After all you've done so far, what are you the most proud of?
Oh, that's interesting. I'm incredibly proud of my work on Girlfriends. Not just my work. I'm incredibly proud of that show.

Do you still keep in touch with the cast?
Clearly you can't see each other as much as when we were working together, but we do stay in touch very much so. Oh, the other campaign you need to put in is for the Girlfriends movie! So, that's number 6, I think!

Love, Loss, and What I Wore plays at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. 8 P.M. Tuesdays through Fridays, 3 P.M. and 8 P.M. Saturdays, 2 P.M. and 7 P.M. Sundays. Ends July 4. $69-$74. (310) 208-5454 or

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