Anthony Anderson opens up about his “black-ish” co-star and on-screen wife Tracee Ellis Ross did not like him for ten years before filming their show.
In a recent interview, Anderson talked about it. “We laugh about this now, but Tracee didn’t like me for maybe 10 years.” He stated that they had met at the Vibe Awards in 2005 and admitted that he did not make their meeting a good one.
“As we were walking onto the stage there was a loud sound over the speaker, and I said, ‘Tracee? Did you fart?’”, he said. “ The audience loved it, but what I did not know is how offended Tracee was by that comment.”
The actor went to discuss the first time that they reunited in 2011 for the sitcom, “I remember I did an episode of her show Reed Between the Lines and all of my scenes were with Tracee. And when it came time for my close-up, she would leave the stage like, ‘The stage is Anthony’s!’ I thought Tracee was just showing me the utmost respect as an actor. I was like ‘Oh, my God, I’ve never been treated like this before!’” he said.
“I was a guest star on her show, and she just giving me her set!. Well, looking back on it, she didn’t want to be around me!”, Anderson added.
Anthony Anderson stated that Tracee Ellis Ross didn’t start liking him until they were almost done filming season one. “She really didn’t start liking me until we were midway through the first season of black-ish, and so we laugh about it now. But today, there’s nothing that I would not do for Tracee. We work the same, we learn the same, we are there for one another, and we have the ability to work with such fearlessness when we’re together because we know that we will never allow the other to fall.”
Black-ish is in its final run of episodes which will begin to air on Tuesday, Jan 4 at 9:30 pm on ABC.