Do not ask Tracee Ellis Ross about her motherhood goals.
The “Black-ish” actress revealed she hated being asked baby questions, many prompted by her character’s pregnancy on the show.
“Last year, I was pregnant all season,” Ross, 45, told Vanity Fair. “That brought on a lot of comments and questions and pontifications from people with no invitation.”
“I literally have said to people, for real, no joke, ‘Why don’t you just get out of my womb? Like, get out of my uterus. What are you doing in there? And why are you asking those questions? And what makes you think you can ask that?'” she explained.
Ross believes patriarchy has created a “siloed-off experience” for women “with one answer for what a good life looks like,” having children.
The Golden Globe-winning actress looks to her mother, the iconic Diana Ross, for inspiration. “I saw a woman who just was making a path and doing it on her own,” Ross said in admiration. “She didn’t have hundreds of people doing everything for her – my mom always packed her own bags and cooked our food.”
“They were not women of colour, but look what’s here now… We know that storytelling changes how we see ourselves and how others see us,” she continued, pointing to the refreshing depiction of women in Hollywood over the past few years. “There’s evidence of this. These things make a difference. They’re not for naught.”
And speaking of the role of women in Hollywood, Ross shared her feelings to Vanity Fair regarding the leaked pay disparity between her and “Black-ish” co-star Anthony Anderson.
“That was really f**king awkward,” she admitted. “I don’t know how that information got out. But I understand the interest because there is a larger, deeper, more important conversation going on that is not about me, but is about people being paid appropriately for their contribution and the work that they do, not because of their gender, race, or anything.”
“And it is a valid, real, important, past-due conversation that should no longer be a conversation that should just be handled… across all industries,” she continued. She did not want to discuss the matter further, but insisted “that has been resolved.”
Season four of “Black-ish” concluded in mid-May and the show has been renewed by ABC for a fifth season.