Tracee Ellis Ross Reveals She Almost Turned Down 'Black-Ish' Because Of Anthony Anderson

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16:  Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross attend the 2017 ABC Upfront on May 16, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Tracee Ellis Ross Reveals She Almost Turned Down 'Black-Ish' Because Of Anthony Anderson

She spills the tea about her long-standing beef with her co-star.

Published August 29, 2017

Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson stand today as one of the most dynamic pairs in primetime TV, and their on-screen chemistry appears completely natural.

However, it didn't always used to be that way. Ross explained in an interview that she wasn't much of a fan of her now on-screen husband in the recent-ish past.

Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast, the actress explained that she was actually "super apprehensive" about signing on the dotted line to work with the comedian on Black-ish. In fact, she admitted that she once thought he "was an a**hole."

"I did not like Anthony," she said. "I had worked with him in the past. I thought he was an a**hole. If you know Anthony, he has a gruff exterior, and he does not have an inner-governor, and Anthony says stuff that is not that appropriate all the time. Like, everybody knows it's part of why he's funny, it's part of the ace in his deck, but it's also, like, 'Oh, my God.' And if you don't know him, it can come across rudely."

She continued, adding that they had a few run-ins in the past which confirmed, in her mind, that they would not gel well on set.

"He said some things to me in the past that I did not like, and I didn't like him," she added. "But I knew Kenya [Barris] and I knew all the other people involved, and I was like, 'I will go in.'"

Thankfully, her reservations about Anderson took a complete 180 turn once they auditioned together, and the rest is history.

"From the moment I walked in to that audition, I was like, 'Oh, there's magic here. Like, magic,'" she said. "I will tell you, I was wrong — or not that 'I was wrong,' but I have a different experience of him now. He is one of my absolutely favorite people. I love working with that man so much."

Black-ish, which has been renewed for a fourth season, will return to television this September.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)


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