EXCLUSIVE: Tracee Ellis Ross Gushed About Her First Golden Globe Nomination -- Just Before Winning!
By Sophie Schillaci
Congratulations are in order for Tracee Ellis Ross!
The Black-ish star hit the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, marking her first-ever appearance at the event, and took home a trophy just hours later!
"This is my first time even here," she told ET's Kevin Frazier on the red carpet. "I have never even been to the event. As an actor, you know, I have been watching and I have woken up so many awards show mornings and thought of those people that were nominated and wished them just prayers and all of that, so this morning I was wishing those for myself."
It paid off! Ross, 44, earned the award for Best Performance in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on the hit ABC series. From the podium, she dedicated her win to "all the women of color and all colorful people." Backstage, she waxed poetic to ET about the significance of being recognized for this character.
"I think it means a lot of things," she said. "I think for revolutionizing the wife role and what that means, and how that is portrayed on television. That does not mean my story is told through my husband, but instead that I have a full story. The fact that our show represents an American family, even though we might look some way that is different than most people have imagined that, and yet that is what we are, and it represents the sameness of that."
Earlier in the day, Ross and fellow nominee Issa Rae got a sweet shout-out from Debbie Allen, who was the last black woman to win the category back in 1983.
Along with Ross, her Black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, is also nominated on Sunday, while the show is up for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy.
"We are three-for-three here tonight and we want to go home with three," Ross gushed on the carpet. "But we will take whatever because, you know what, it is so funny -- Everyone says just being nominated is the honor, but it truly is... But you wanna win."