Tracee Ellis Ross is known for her superb acting skills, her amazing hair, hilarious personality and being the daughter of the diva her self, Diana Ross. After taking a small hiatus from television after her hit show "Girlfriends" went off of the air, she returned to the spotlight in 2014 with a new lead role on ABC's "Blackish." With strong ratings and a whole new audience, the 42-year-old is enjoying her new success. She recently caught up with The Huffington Post to catch up about everything from Spanks to growing up in the public eye.
On styling her natural hair for "Black-ish:"
I play a doctor, so my hair has to be back when I'm in scrubs. I wouldn't be at the hospital with my natural big hair out, so I usually have a bun. They try to schedule a lot of those scenes in the same day, so we don't have to go from having my hair out to having it in. You can't go from a bun to out and expect to look gorgeous.
On refusing to adapt to Hollywood's standard of beauty:
I just really strongly promote pushing against this culture of perfection. I mean, I'm sorry, for me, Spanx don't feel good. I've tried one of those waist-trainer things on - that hurt like the bejesus. I could barely get it closed, and I bought the size bigger than they said I should buy. I mean, this [expletive] hurt. I couldn't wear it for longer than 10 minutes. People are sleeping in them!
On her alter egos:
One has taken on a life of its own, Caliope Champignon, who is French. She calls herself a "style architect" - she is not a stylist. She is a very extravagant dresser, and she's a compulsive liar, but she wouldn't tell you that. I went to New York Fashion Week as her, not telling anybody, with a film crew. It was hilarious. And a couple of pictures of her did surface online.
On being Diana Ross' daughter:
Well, my mom was very glamorous, but that was her work world. Our home was filled with beautiful things. My mom had beautiful clothes; my mom is elegant; my mom is glamorous. But my mom is also really real, and I grew up with a mother who had babies crawling on her head and spitting up on her when she was wearing gorgeous, expensive things, and it was never an issue.
Don't forget to tune in to "Blackish," Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.