The 42-year-old — who broke new ground on FX's Pose in 2018 as one of several transgender principal performers headlining the show's main cast — revealed the news Thursday, after she made headlines Wednesday for calling out her AHS: 1984 costar Emma Roberts for allegedly misgendering her on the set of the Ryan Murphy-produced show.
"For the folks who haven't put it together yet, I'm 'leaving Hollywood,'" Ross wrote on social media, going on to reference the no-holds-barred character she portrayed on Pose. "There are multiple articles that will be coming out detailing this. So I suggest you and your faves play nice, cuz I'm a Black trans woman with nothing to lose. Candy was born from my body. IYKYK. IYDYD."
For the folks who haven’t put it together yet, I’m “leaving Hollywood”. There are multiple articles that will be coming out detailing this. So I suggest you and your faves play nice, cuz I’m a Black trans woman with nothing to lose. Candy was born from my body. IYKYK. IYDYD.
— A N G E L I C A (@angelicaross) September 21, 2023
A representative for Ross did not immediately respond to EW's request for additional comment.
Ross' message comes after she called out Roberts via Instagram Live, saying the actress purposely misgendered her during an exchange with director John J. Gray.
"She goes, 'John, Angelica's being mean,'" Ross said. "And John is like, 'Okay, ladies, that's enough. Let's get back to work.' And she then looks at me and she goes, 'Don't you mean lady?' and she turns around."
Ross later said that Roberts called her to apologize for the incident.
"Thank you [Emma Roberts] for calling and apologizing, recognizing your behavior was not that of an ally," Ross wrote Wednesday on social media. "I will leave the line open to follow up on your desire to do better and support social justice causes with your platform." (Representatives for Roberts did not respond to EW's request for comment.)
Eric Liebowitz/FX Angelica Ross as Candy in 'Pose' season 2.
In a separate post, Ross said that she attempted to contact Murphy about doing a season of AHS with all Black women as leads and claimed that the TV mogul ghosted her after initially saying he planned to make her idea a reality. (Representatives for Murphy and FX didn't respond to EW's request for comment.)
In addition to her history-making turns in both Pose and two seasons of AHS, Ross had a small role in Sia's 2021 directorial debut Music, appeared in the 2020 documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, and earned multiple awards from industry associations, including the Human Rights Campaign and the GLAAD Media Awards.
Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, Ross founded TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization that aims to foster employment among the trans community through education programs and other events to enhance job-ready skills.
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