Tracee Ellis Ross isn’t the only one blackish star who got emotional while filming the final season of the ABC comedy series.
Anderson opened up about filming the show’s eighth and final season, which airs its series finale on April 19, in an interview that aired on Monday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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When asked if he cried, Anderson replied, “I did. But I didn’t cry as much as Tracee Ellis Ross. She cried every day.
He said he didn’t expect to be so emotional.
“Actually, on the last day, I think I cried a little more than [Ross] did, and I didn’t think it was going to hit me like that,” he said. “Because we had worked up to that time, we knew what the last day was. I had prepared for it, and in the last scene of the last day is when I lost it, and it was unexpected for me. I didn’t expect to lose it the way I did, but it shows how much I love what I do [and] I love doing it with the people I’ve done it with for the past eight years.
DeGeneres noted that he should be “proud” to have been part of a groundbreaking show that tackled many serious issues.
“We are, we are – from my partner in crime with whoever created the show, Kenya Barris, to our writers to our directors to everyone,” he said.
Anderson also reflected on the creation of the series and the void it filled when it debuted.
“When Kenya and I sat down almost 10 years ago now, we looked at what we were missing in the television landscape – him and me as viewers – and we wanted to do a significant show that made an impact “, did he declare. “We took a page from Norman Lear’s book with The Jeffersons, Good Times, All in the Family, and we wanted to do a show like that – a show that had social commentary, with unapologetic main characters – and I believe we succeeded.
Anderson earned seven Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Andre “Dre” Johnson. He was also nominated four times for Best Comedy Series as Executive Producer.
Last week, fellow star Ross told DeGeneres that she was incredibly sentimental about filming the final season.
“All season I knew it was the end, so I was very present and kind of aware of the endings, even the things that bothered me,” she said. “But last week I was really like, ‘Let you feel what’s going on,’ and I had a lot of tears. And it was also really wonderful to be able to take a moment. I was just talking to everything the world and I was hearing their experience over the eight years and it was so special for them because we’ve been the same family for eight years, most of our crew is the same and everything is so emotional.
Watch Anderson’s appearance on DeGeneres’ show below.
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