While in Los Angeles a few weeks ago for my Disney and ABC press trip, we got the awesome opportunity to go on the set of black-ish, screen 2 new episodes, as well as meet the gorgeous Tracee Ellis Ross!
We first screened one new episode, which is the episode you will get to see tonight, Man at Work. I loved that the room was decorated to go along with the episode that is airing that week.
Next we made our way down to the building that the set is on. WHen we got off the elevator, we got a big surprise because Tracee Ellis Ross was there! I was so amazed by how sweet she was – she made it a point to shake every one of our hands and hear our names. I thought that was so sweet.
Tracee led us to the set. I’m excited to share some of the insider info. First, the above photo. When they shoot inside the house, a lot of times you see through the windows to outside. Guess what? It’s just a curtain! It can be moved all around the set of the house so that it can be put on the outside of any room.
Another fun fact? The bottom of the stairs? Those stairs actually lead to nowhere!
It was fun having Tracee walk us throughout the whole set. There’s a sign on the beautiful bed in the master bedroom that actually says “Please DO NOT sit on, sleep on or use the set furniture.” Tracee shared with us that they don’t listen to it. She has taken many naps in that bed. 🙂
I share a pet peeve with Tracee about actresses who just wake up in a scene and have makeup on!
I like to keep it really authentic. I usually, if we can because of the shooting schedule, I usually remove my mascara and most of my makeup when I’m in the bed. Sometimes we can’t ’cause we’re about to go back to another scene where I need to have my mascara on, but mostly I try to be authentic and not have my makeup on when I’m in the bed. It’s a pet peeve of mine when you see an actress wake up with lip gloss. I’m like, it’s not on the pillow – interesting.
I love how she tries to keep it authentic when she can. That makes her an even better actress in my eyes.
Tracee’s vibe is just all around great. You can tell she really loves what she does. That’s including working with the kids.
There’s that myth, don’t work with kids or animals. I can’t understand that. I had such a good experience. You can say it this way, they’ve been on the planet for less time than us and they’re not jaded, they just have a pure joy – when you see Miles and Marsai in the morning, they run towards you for a cuddle. It’s magic. Usually between takes, there’s a lot of giggling and laughing and videos being taken and pictures and everything, so I really enjoy it. They’re extremely talented.
One of the episodes we screened was tonight’s episode that you do not want to miss!
“Man at Work” – Dre has always looked out for the crew he grew up with, but when his childhood friend Sha (guest star Faizon Love) comes to stay at the house for a few days, Bow thinks he is taking advantage of Dre’s generosity. Meanwhile, Daphne Lido (played by Wanda Sykes), the now ex-wife of Stevens & Lido’s founding partner, gains control of half of the company and wants to start inserting herself in company business. When Daphne starts to question Charlie’s work ethic, Dre must decide who he remains loyal to, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
I’m super excited that they have brought Wanda Sykes into the series – you do not want to miss her first episode!
I feel honored to have gotten to meet Tracee Ellis Ross and to have toured the set of black-ish. I can’t wait for you all to see tonight’s episode! You’ll have to let me know what you think.
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I was sent on an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, California courtesy of Disney to experience The Good Dinosaur as well as other fun adventures I can’t wait to share with you all. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.