Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Tracee Ellis Ross shares biggest fear of being compared to mother Diana Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross (Ian West/PA)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Ian West/PA)

Tracee Ellis Ross has said it became her “biggest fear” to sing in public because of comparisons that would be made to her famous mother, Diana Ross.

The Black-ish actress, 47, battled her nerves to play a chart-topping diva, Grace Davis, in her new film The High Note.

She told the PA news agency: “It was my biggest dream as a child and somehow, with waiting as long as I did, became my biggest fear.

“Being my mom’s child, of course, duh, that’s some big shoes to step into, she’s just an international icon and beloved by the world and broke barriers and opened up roads etc.

“I don’t think I had and have any concern, particularly after people see the film, that… I’m not playing her.

“The story has nothing to do with my mother, that was not of concern to me. I think it was my own personal fear of having to face what had grown into this big fear of: ‘Am I going to be compared to my mom, or to anyone else?’

“And the same as Grace, at this point in my career, is it really worth me trying something new? Is that really worth it?

“And yes it has been worth it, in every way. I have opened up a freedom within myself that I am so grateful for and I faced my biggest fear and now my voice is out the bag.”

Ross, who stars opposite Dakota Johnson in the film, also said it was important for her to represent a successful, unmarried woman on screen after a lack of those role models for her as a child.

The 91st Academy Awards – Vanity Fair Party – Los Angeles
Tracee (right) with mother Diana, half-brother Evan and his wife Ashlee Simpson (Ian West/PA)

She said: “I wish growing up I had had more ideas of what it was like to curate your own life and curate your own happiness, because it’s so personal.

“And that was another thing that drew me to the film, that the story of this was not the knight in shining armour, it was not about this woman in context of a man, it was two women in the context of themselves, in the world, going after who they want to be, and I loved that.”

The High Note is available to rent at home on May 29.

Already a subscriber? Sign in