The parallel between Tracee Ellis Ross and her music icon mother Diana Ross will be seen in the upcoming film The High Note, in which the younger Ross plays singer Grace Davis, a superstar who wanted to record one of her last albums with her assistant. During an interview with PEOPLE, Tracee remembered the story when her mother heard her sing for the first time, which was only for the film earlier this year.
"There is a reason why I have waited 47 years to let my voice out publicly!" she told the publication. "It was my childhood dream to sing – but terrifying if your mother is who my mother is. The idea of comparison; that is in the mind of a child or an adult. I could be put down and wiped out."
Tracee reveals that she drove to Diana's house, sat in the car with her in the driveway and played the song "Love Myself".
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"It felt like I was bringing my heart to her," Tracee recalled before her mother asked her to play the song again. "And then my mother said: & # 39; Finally. Finally & # 39;" she said. "I've wanted to sing for so long. My mother was torn and we kept looking at each other. We were both so excited. My mother always knew I could sing. There were gentle nudges over the years, so that's how it was a great moment. "
While in quarantine during the coronavirus outbreak, Tracee Ellis Ross considered how "happy" she is to have the opportunity to act on it.
"Singing was frightening and invigorating and the most fun I've ever had with my clothes," she says. "You tell yourself that you want to do something and then you dive in and say: & # 39; What the hell did I do !!? & # 39; This film was just the thing to relieve the fear of singing and to realize that I have nothing to do with my mother. It's my voice. I've told my own truth. "
Could there be a mother-daughter duet in the future? The black star says she definitely hopes. "Wouldn't that be fun? It would also be fun to do a duet with my brother Evan Ross, my sister Rhonda Ross and my stepsister Leona Naess. They are all singers too. For God's sake while we're with I could also be one Doing a duet with Rihanna, John Legend, Childish Gambino … Should I keep going? Looks like I want a future in this singing thing. "
The High Note with Dakota Johnson, Ice Cube, Zoë Chao and Kelvin Harrison Jr. will be available on request on May 29th.