Angelica Ross is leaving the entertainment industry to further her advocacy pursuits by securing a seat at the table with a government title. Her decision comes after she made headlines earlier this week when she unleashed receipts to back up claims that she was ghosted by “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy.
“I’m fully walking away from Hollywood. But I’m always going to be who I am. You don’t have to be on TV to be a creative person [or] to live a creative life,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Friday (Sept. 22).
As previously reported by REVOLT, Ross posted screenshots of emails dating back to 2020 that were shared between her and Murphy. In said exchange were conversations about the possibility of the hit show having an all-Black cast for one season. In response, Ross pitched several leading women as potential great fits for the anthology series. In the end, she was left on read and alleged that being in limbo with “AHS” caused her to miss out on an opportunity with Marvel.
After not hearing back. After sending flowers and no response I sent one last email in Feb 2022 (it took about a year to film season 10 due to COVID) while still contractually in first position with the show. Mind you, marvel had called twice now. I haven’t heard from him… pic.twitter.com/s7HfeABd8j— A N G E L I C A (@angelicaross) September 18, 2023
In additional tweets, the on-screen talent exposed her castmate Emma Roberts for making an alleged snide and transphobic remark towards her while filming “American Horror Story: 1984.” The ladies have since spoken about the incident, and Roberts issued an apology. Speaking with THR, the “Pose” breakout star dished on other behind-the-scenes chaos, including a crew member’s racist T-shirts.
“One day it was, ‘BUILD THAT WALL.’ The next day, it was white praying hands in front of an American flag, and it said, ‘I DON’T KNEEL’ … This guy had a collection. I started speaking up about it,” she claimed. When she fired off a tweet about advocating against anti-Blackness and racism at work, she was told to delete the post, leaving her feeling silenced.
Those incidents and others not publicly addressed, in addition to feeling as though Murphy used her as a token Black trans actor, ultimately led Ross to pull the plug on her career. “It’s sort of a ‘fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me’ situation. I thought that Ryan Murphy was going to be my champion. I thought he understood,” she told the publication.
“I’m moving back to Georgia to prepare to run for office. I’ve been consulting with Renitta Shannon, a former Georgia state representative who also just recently ran for lieutenant governor. I go into candidate and campaign training next month,” continued Ross about her plans to pursue an unspecified position. The actress is also the founder of TransTech Social, an organization providing job training and professional support to the LGBTQ+ community.
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