Tracee Ellis Ross is a delight in interviews and on TV, and the Golden Globe winner appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday to remind us of just that. Ellen mentioned that the last time the two met was shortly before Tracee’s big win earlier this year for her role in black-ish. Everyone applauded, and then Tracee brought down the room by saying, “I won that Golden Globe, and then I wanted to change my dress for the after-parties, and I lost that Golden Globe.”
“I decided to change my dress, and I went into the bathroom in the ballroom, and I couldn’t get in and out of the dress by myself,” said Tracee, “My friend took me out of the dress. We went into the handicap stall because it had enough room for two of us, laid the dress on the floor, standing there in a G-string and pasties with no service on my phone. She ran out to go get my stylist, I stood there for 20 minutes naked in the bathroom.”
Tracee said she was waiting for ages with no clothes on, and the stress of people knocking while she was unsure if anyone would even return to zip her up again made her rush.
“I left it,” she recalled, “You know that feeling when you go to the airport, and you’re like, ‘Oh God, I forgot something. Please say it’s not my license.’ Then I realized I had left the Golden Globe. I went back in. It had been given to security, and they couldn’t find it. It was so dramatic.”
Luckily, Tracee’s award was eventually returned to her. “It did get returned. I was sweating profusely, but I do have it. I was a winner who had lost,” she says.
Can you imagine finding Tracee’s Golden Globe on the floor of the bathroom and turning it in? Most people would have just put that thing on their mantel as a great conversation starter, but somewhere there’s at least one good human in the world, regretting their chance.