Black-ish's Tracee Ellis Ross: 'I Never Felt Like I Was in My Mother's Shadow'
“She said, ‘Oh boy this is great,’ ” Ross, 43, shared from that conversation, speaking at PEOPLE & EW’s Red Carpet Live on Sunday before the show.
“We giggled and screamed for a bit,” she said.
But while Ross said the Emmy nod is something “really special” for her (she’s one of only five black women to have ever been nominated for the category), what it is not is validation that she’s set herself apart from her legendary musician mom – because she doesn’t need it.
“I’ve never felt like I was in my mother’s shadow,” Ross said. “If anything, I felt like I was in her embrace. So it’s never been a effort to do that.”
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“But I did have a sense of wanting to find my own path as a person,” Ross continued, “and it is really special to be in this moment, at 43 years old, to be nominated for an Emmy for the first time.
“It feels good.”
(She even had her own good luck charm, thanks to a custom Ralph Lauren dress: It’s “bringing luck to the moment,” she said.)
And despite all the fame that runs in her family – not to mention the award-worthy talent – Ross told PEOPLE their clan is as normal as any other.
“We’re just parents and kids,” she said.