“Ross is staking out terrain as a funny babe with tons of style and a goofy, cross-cultural, new-age wisdom all her own. She traffics in an extravagance of the emotional kind, carried on the back of a raw energy and a generosity of spirit. Its hard not to get swept away and probably best if one does.”
Ross is best known as the star of the hit sitcom GIRLFRIENDS that ran for eight seasons on The UPN/CW network and earned her eight NAACP Image Award nominations including two wins, one in 2007 and again in 2009 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She recently stared in and produced the NAACP Image Award nominated series REED BETWEEN THE LINES. Ross, who won an NAACP Image Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Award for her performance, co-starred opposite Malcolm Jamal Warner. The sitcom premiered on BET in October 2011.
Ross was previously seen in the short film series FIVE and received an NAACP Image Award nomination for her performance. She appears in the segment LILI directed by Alicia Keyes. Produced by Jennifer Aniston, Kristin Hahn, Paula Wagner, Marta Kaufman, Franacesa Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy, the collection of 5 short films aired on Lifetime in October 2011 and serves as a vehicle to inform and inspire dialogue, research, prevention, and legislation supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston directed other shorts in the series.
In early 2011, Ross returned to the stage and garnered rave reviews in Nora and Delia Ephron’s LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, first at the Westside Theatre in NY and then the “vibrant” Ross, “brings down the house” when she opened the show for the Los Angeles run at the Geffen Playhouse.
Ross’s feature film work has included HBO’s LIFE SUPPORT with Queen Latifah, Tyler Perry’s DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS with Gabrielle Union and HANGING UP with Jennifer Connelly and Marcia Gay Harden to name a few.
Ross began her television career as the host of her own television show, Lifetime’s THE DISH, for which she was named a “Face to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times. She has written, produced and performed in segments for cable shows, appeared as a series regular on MTV’s sketch comedy THE LYRICIST LOUNGE SHOW and guest starred, hosted or co-hosted various other television. In the last year, Ross had a duo of pivotal guest starring roles, one opposite Amy Brenneman in ABC’S PRIVATE PRACTICE and the other on CBS’ hit crime drama CSI opposite Laurence Fishburne.
Ross is a dedicated and passionate volunteer, intent on making a difference in the lives of at-risk teenage girls. She works closely with Aviva Family and Children Services in Los Angeles and also The Big Brother Big Sister organizations in Los Angeles, Michigan and New York where she has held the self-esteem workshop she created called “The Me I Know”. Ross was honored by The Los Angeles Urban League as “Volunteer of the Year” for 2004 and is the 2009 recipient of the “Impact Award” from the Aviva Organization.
As a vetted Obama Surrogate, Ross campaigned across the country during 2007 and 2008 and actively participates in the President and First Lady Obama’s Mentoring Initiative.
Ross is a graduate of Brown University and the William Esper Acting Studio.