Sheryl Lee Ralph Talks Abbott Elementary’s Whirlwind Success

“I said to Quinta, ‘Baby, can not you just give me a little zhush?'” She joked. “I was like gee whiz. Look at Ava [Janelle James]! Ava was wearing all of my clothes. Ava’s got all of my hair on. And I’ve got one sweater set after the other. “

Style differences aside, Ralph could not be prouder to see the show shine a spotlight on the importance of Black female creatives and artists in Hollywood.

“It’s a lot of busting rocks and busting dirt and pushing through doors that were closed, telling you you’re ‘too dark’ or ‘too this,’ [they] do not know what to do with you, “she shared.” And then, to come to a moment that is perfectly created by this young Black woman with vision, I can only look at her and say, ‘Thank you god for this moment ‘because, I know everything I went through and those who came up with me and before me. I know they’re like, ‘See, there you go. It was all worth it. “

Hear more from Sheryl Lee Ralph in the above Daily Pop clip.

Abbott Elementary airs Tuesdays at 9 pm on ABC.

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