‘Black-ish’ Star Tracee Ellis Ross Talks Mom Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Not Growing Up Normal (Video)

Despite her mother attempting to keep things normal, she recalls trips to the White House and getting painted by Andy Warhol

Tracee Ellis Ross is a burgeoning television star thanks to the success of ABC’s “Black-ish,” but the world of stardom is nothing new for her. During her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night, Ross talked about growing up as the daughter of Diana Ross.

While her mother tried to keep things normal by minimizing the impact of her career from her kids, there were elements of Tracee Ellis Ross‘ childhood that could not be considered mainstream by any means. The children of stars, they’re definitely not like us.

“All those kinds of things that were really important to her about creating the reality of our life,” she said about her mother’s attempts at fostering a sense of normalcy. “But I also was painted by Andy Warhol, I’ve been to the White House numerous times.”

She even shared her mother’s friendship with Michael Jackson, recalling a time she tried to get him to take her side in an argument with one of her friends. When she asked him what he said during the scat portion of “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,'” Jackson replied, “I don’t know. What do you think I’m saying?”

“I’ve been saved by the sound of Michael’s song,” she said. She even sang it for Kimmel’s audience, but … no.

“Black-ish” airs at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC Wednesdays. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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