Tracee Ellis Ross
is challenging societal norms regarding marriage, children
, and happiness.
The “Black-ish” actor and producer discussed societal messages that suggest a woman’s happiness and fulfillment are linked to marriage and children in a recent cover story for Marie Claire.
Ross emphasized that, while she would "love" those things, she is just as happy and fulfilled as a single person without children.
“Well, how could you not?” Ross responded when asked if she wanted to marry and start a family during a Monday interview
. “Our society spoon-feeds it to you. I used to put myself to sleep
dreaming of my wedding. And I would still love all of that, but what am I going to do, just sit around waiting? Shut up. I’ve got so many things to do.”
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Ross, the executive producer of ABC
's "Mixed-up," told the publication that she's thinking about pursuing a singing career.
Last year, she released her first single, "Love Myself," as a single from the soundtrack for the 2020 film in which she stars, "The High Note." At the time, the Golden Globe winner said on Instagram Live that singing had long been a dream that she was "afraid of," especially with the pressure that comes with being the daughter of legendary singer Diana Ross
Ross told Marie Claire that she is less afraid of taking chances with her music
“At this age, a mistake can be processed as a mistake, not ‘I’m a mistake,'” she explained, “and that is the beauty of it. I’m 48 years old, and there is so much more to try.”
During her speech at Glamour's 2017 Women
of the Year event, Ross expressed similar feelings about the societal expectations placed on women.
“So it is really interesting to be a woman and to get to 45 and not be married yet and not have kids,” she said, recounting intrusive questions about her marriage status and desire to have children.
“Those words, like, stopped me in my tracks, and honestly, they brought tears to my eyes. It seems so obvious, but it wasn’t, because I haven’t been living my life as if it were my own.”