Tracee Ellis Ross will step into the spotlight for the first time as a singer in her new film The High Note. She plays a superstar singer named Grace Davis.
The story follows Grace Davis, who is initially afraid to make new music to play her older music at concerts. However, when her assistant Maggie (portrayed by Dakota Johnson) suggests recording new music, Davis changes her mind and tries to catapult herself to higher levels.
The Black-ish star spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming film. "Grace Davis is one of those women who has spent her life being what she thought everyone wanted to be so that she could make her dreams come true," Ross said. "And she's at the point in her career and life when this intersection happens. Where I can keep going, what I did because it works and that's what everyone wants from me, or I can be who I am am and mine let real Grace Davis fly. "
She continued, "That's what the film is about. It's about the relationship between my assistant and me, and my assistant has dreams too. It's such a funny story."
Ross will sing six original songs that fulfill a dream that she always had but never pursued. "Working on this film was a really great experience for me," said Ross. "And it was so much fun working in a different world and genre. It was also terrible for me to face my dreams, I was so scared to sing! I really wanted this script for so long and I wanted to this role I've been following it and I'm so happy with how it all went. "
When it comes to inspiration for the upcoming film, Tracee says that her famous mother Diana Ross had and had a huge impact on her acting and singing.
"Honestly, none of this comes from the world that I know is my mother's child," she says. "The only thing is that I've always dreamed of being able to sing. But this character was written so beautifully and wonderfully, and the story really has nothing to do with the things I know from my mother's experience – except for that The fact that this woman has a real humanity and she's not a sheer quotation-quotation diva that the world usually paints larger-than-life women. She is a real person. That is the only connection I can make. One woman, one occupying a big place in the world is actually a person with a heart, who has fears and disappointments and who fights alone. "
Could Tracee Ellis Ross's high-note springboard lead to a career in music?
"I have no idea. I mean, who knows ?! Maybe? It was really fun. We'll see …" she says. "Playing Grace was frankly life-changing. I was always afraid of singing. Whenever I sang and people listened, I made it funny and silly. I had to go to the studio before we even started shooting for about three weeks We were looking for which songs we would use that would work with my voice. I had never been to a studio in my life, so it was really a daunting task. "
The High Note hits theaters on May 8th. It also features Kelvin Harrison Jr., Zoë Chao, Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard and Ice Cube.