Tracee Ellis Ross has hit out at ageist critics, insisting she’s “only gotten better with age”.
The 47-year-old daughter of Diana Ross is set to appear as singer Grace Davis in new movie The High Note and, speaking to the BBC, she insisted she’d never have had the confidence to take the role 20 years ago.
“What I know is I have only gotten better with age,” she shared. “I think I’m the sexiest I’ve ever been, and I’m almost 50. And I think of the other women who are in this age bracket and beyond, and I think, ‘Why was there ever a message of counting us out?’ That seems absurd.
Ross continued: “You think of Jennifer Lopez, Marisa Tomei, the list goes on of extraordinary women, and there’s so much to offer at this age. My mom on stage now at 76 is like, I think she’s better than she’s ever been!”
The Black-ish star went on to insist being in her 40s hasn’t stopped her from experiencing the most successful decade of her career.
“I don’t think youth is everything, I just don’t,” she reflected. “That wonderful expression ‘youth is wasted on the young’ is great. I mean there are so many good things about youth, but I don’t wanna go back, I’ll tell you that right now – I wouldn’t go back to my 20s if you paid me.”
The High Note, also starring Dakota Johnson, will be released digitally on demand on Friday (May 29, 2020).