12+ Fast Facts To Learn About Tracee Ellis Ross

Diply 23 Oct 2018

Author, activist, actor. Those are just three words from the first letter of the alphabet that you can use to describe Tracee Ellis Ross, and I'm just getting started. Wait, sorry — Doctor Tracee Ellis Ross. See?

There's so much to learn about the fun, passionate actress who currently stars in and directs Black-ish on ABC. So, let's go get educated like Dr. Ross, shall we?

1. She's in star-studded group chats.

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In an interview with Vanity Fair, Tracee revealed that she leaned on her girlfriends for support while making her directorial debut on Black-ish. In the group? Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, and Rashida Jones. I would die to know that group chat name.

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2. She's Diana Ross' daughter.

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I mean, duh. If you didn't know that, I'm glad to have helped you out. Tracee is one of five siblings, giving her character on Black-ish, Bow, and her mother something in common — five kids each!

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3. Her favorite shoes are Birkenstocks.

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She told Martha Stewart all about it: “I love them with everything: a suit, a dress, sweats. No shoe is more comfortable.” Yes, she definitely also wears them with socks. She is also the only person in the world who can get away with that.

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4. She wants Michelle Obama to write her obituary

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In Vogue's "73 Questions With Tracee Ellis Ross," her immediate answer when asked who she wants to write her obituary was Michelle Obama. "But I don't wanna die," she clarified. How hard would Michelle make you cry at a funeral? Genius choice.

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5. She was in a Drake music video.

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Like, recently. She rocked a silver jumpsuit and danced along to Drake's song, "Nice For What," alongside the likes of Issa Rae, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Rodriquez, Tiffany Haddish, and Zoe Saldana. Uh, is it me, or does she have the best squads ever?

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6. She has a doctorate.

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Well, an honorary one. Known now as Dr. Ross, Tracee was awarded her honorary doctorate by her Alma Mater, Brown University. Because she's that cool, guys. She really is.

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7. Her favorite time of day is between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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She told *Vogue* that her choice is for a number of reasons. "Everything should happen during that time. Favorite time to nap, favorite time to take a bath, favorite time to have a cocktail..."

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8. Her sister-in-law is...Ashlee Simpson. 

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I know, right?! I had no idea, either, so you're not alone. Ashlee married Tracee's brother, Evan Ross, in 2014. The two have two children together (one from Ashlee's previous marriage to Pete Wentz). Yes, my mind is blown.

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9. She has waxed her nose hairs before...and she doesn't recommend it. 

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The queen of comedy isn't afraid to get candid with her followers. In a hilarious Instagram post, she says, "HAS ANYONE EVER HAD THEIR NOSE HAIRS WAXED? ~ let this be a lesson to you: just say no."

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10. She has her own line at JC Penny. 

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What can't she do? No, seriously, I'm asking. Because she literally can do everything. She has her own clothing line (called TER, of course) at JC Penny, and honestly? Everything is so cute.

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11. Before she worked as an actress and director, she worked in fashion as a model and as an editor at Mirabella and New York magazines. 

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And with her incredible sense of style, it makes sense.

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12. She doesn't drink coffee. 

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Or eat sugar or anything that stimulates her or causes her anxiety. No chocolate, either! Idk how she does it, guys, I might die without chocolate. Instead, when she's really tired, she'll "dry brush." She says, "It's like a toilet brush, but it's not a toilet brush," that she rubs on her skin to help circulation and wake her up.

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13. She's a founder of the Time's Up movement. 

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Alongside powerful women like Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes, Tracee founded Time's Up to help protect women in the workforce from sexual harassment. Thank you, Tracee.

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14. One of her biggest heroes is Carol Burnett.

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She presented Carol with a lifetime achievement award at Paley Honors, where she took a few selfies with Carol and posted a sweet message about how inspired she's been by the comedy legend.

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15. She won her Golden Globe 44 years after her mother did.

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And she was 44-years-old when she did it. Diana won in 1973 for Lady Sings the Blues, while Tracee won for Black-ish.

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16. She hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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While Jimmy took a break to spend time with his son, Tracee stepped in as a celebrity guest host. She took the opportunity to address recent sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood, including making a children's book about it. YAS, QUEEN.

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