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E! News: How Angelica Ross Became Ryan Murphy's Muse for a 'Pose' Character

Pedro Marrero
Aug 03, 2020
05:30 P.M.
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In a recent appearance on a podcast for the celebrity news outlet, Ross exclusively revealed that the character that has turned her into a star was actually inspired by her real self and was written especially for her.


39-year-old actress Angelica Ross had her breakthrough role playing Candy Ferocity on Ryan Murphy’s drama series, “Pose” since its inception in 2018, and she recently revealed that there was a mere chance that the role even existed.

Angelica Ross attends the 2019 ROOT 100 Gala at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on November 21, 2019 in New York City. I Image: Getty Images.

Angelica Ross attends the 2019 ROOT 100 Gala at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on November 21, 2019 in New York City. I Image: Getty Images.


Even though the character Candy is a fan favorite today, turning Ross into a household name, Murphy hadn’t even written it when Ross showed up to audition for the series.

As Ross told E!’s Justin Sylvester for his podcast “Just the Sip,” she originally auditioned for the roles of Blanca Evangelista and Elektra Abundance but she didn’t get either one of them.


Instead, the actress shared, she received a call from show creator Murphy months later to tell her that he had written the character of Candy especially for her, inspired by their first meeting.

It was Ross’s first time playing a series regular and apart from putting her on the map in the industry, it was a big learning experience for her, something that she is very grateful for.



The past Emmy Awards season, Ross had the distinction of becoming the first transgender actress to star as a series regular in two shows at the same time, appearing both in "Pose" and in “American Horror Story: 1984.”


Her role as Candy, a transgender ballroom dancer in the ‘80s that has a tragic ending, gave her the opportunity to not only showcase her immense talent but also to address an urgent issue that is so close to herself, that of violence against Black transgender women.


Ross has earned a big social media following since landing the role of Candy and fame has been key for her private life recently when, thanks to her platform (and the internet), she discovered that her then-boyfriend was a fraud that she needed to let go.


It all started when Ross took to Twitter to deliver the news of having a new beau to her fans back in March, only to return to the social network the following day to expose him for having hidden from her the fact that he had a fiancé with whom he already shared a son.

As Ross shared then, it was “Twitter FBI” that quickly informed the actress of the truth behind this engaged man and Ross even managed to contact the man’s fiancée with whom she had a long phone call.

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