Sitting down for an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Pose star revealed her plans to return to Georgia and enter politics.
“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,” she told the outlet.
Ross plans to start preparing for her campaign next month.
“I have also been speaking with folks like Bruce Franks Jr., who is also a Black politician from Missouri who shook the table,” she said. “So 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, to live a creative life.”
As Blavity previously reported, Ross went to social media this week to express her frustration against producer Ryan Murphy. The 42-year-old star posted screenshots on X to show that Murphy ghosted her after she proposed an all-Black American Horror Story season. Ross continued to express her frustration in her interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“Going over to American Horror Story, the truth is I rejected their offer. I knew that by killing me off on Pose and then trying to usher me over to American Horror Story: 1984, that [Murphy] was trying to paint a narrative that he is supportive [of championing diversity],” she said.
Ross said she later accepted the American Horror Story offer after the executives gave her a salary bump.
“When they came to me with a salary of $28,000 an episode, I was a little offended. I was just like, ‘No, I need more money,'” she said. “I asked them for $50,000 an episode, and they told me they couldn’t do that. So I said, ‘I appreciate your time, but tell Ryan Murphy, thank you.’ I was willing to walk away from the situation because in truth, I’m a scaredy-cat. I’m really not great with horror. But they did come back and did give me more money. It wasn’t $50,000 an episode, but it was a significant bump. And then I went on to do those seasons.”
The Hollywood star vented more about the lack of diversity on the set of American Horror Story.
“I definitely was witnessing a lot of white men on set in kind of a white male-dominated space,” she said. “But somehow folks like Emma Roberts and others — I mean even Billie Lourd, but Billie Lourd I’m cool with — those girls were able to make moves on the set. They were able to open up their mouths and things moved. Sometimes I didn’t know if I was watching a mean girl or if I was just watching a woman standing up for herself.”
Ross, who is transgender, also revealed this week that Roberts apologized to her after making transphobic comments on the set of American Horror Story: 1984.
“Thank you @RobertsEmma for calling and apologizing, recognizing your behavior was not that of an ally,” Ross wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “I will leave the line open to follow up on your desire to do better and support social justice causes with your platform.”
Thank you @RobertsEmma for calling and apologizing, recognizing your behavior was not that of an ally. I will leave the line open to follow up on your desire to do better and support social justice causes with your platform.
— A N G E L I C A (@angelicaross) September 20, 2023