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    Angelica Ross Opened Up About Her "Extremely Traumatizing" Experience On The Set Of "Claws"

    "It was one of the hardest things for me to do."

    Angelica Ross guest-starred on the hit TNT series Claws in 2017. Unfortunately, it turned into an experience she'd rather forget.

    Angelica Ross attends the Vanity Fair and Lancôme Women in Hollywood celebration
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    In a new interview with Self Magazine, Angelica opened up for the first time publicly about the "extremely traumatizing" incidents that occurred on set.

    "The trauma I experienced on that set is a drastic difference from the support that I felt on the set of Pose. Someone referred to me as 'he.'"

    "I had a scene that was dropped on me. I knew the scene was coming and we had talked about it. I get to set and I'm now being asked to drop my underwear and wear a modesty garment."

    Karrueche Tran and Angelica Ross in a scene from "Claws"
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    "I get to set and I'm now being asked to drop my underwear and wear a modesty garment — it’s basically this tape that goes from your front to your back."

    Angelica Ross attends the Better Brothers Los Angeles 6th annual Truth Awards
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    In the scene, Angelica was supposed to hover over a man and flip him off wearing the modesty garment.

    "It was one of the hardest things for me to do because I was pre-op. These garments aren't made for trans people."

    Actors are typically made aware of nude scenes before shooting them and have the option to agree or disagree with the terms. Angelica was not.

    Angelica Ross walks the red carpet during the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
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    "Now, I'm asked to do something that should have had a nudity rider ahead of time, but it’s sprung on me. I did not receive a nudity rider in advance nor was there a general nudity rider to my knowledge."

    "There were so many things that happened on that set where I just did not feel affirmed. It's this women-led show and yet the trans woman on the show is feeling shitty."

    But although her Claws experience was unsettling, Angelica said it taught her "a few valuable lessons."

    I’ve never spoken publicly about my time on the show CLAWS until this interview with @crissles & @SELFmagazine. It was extremely traumatizing, but taught me a few valuable lessons.

    Angelica later revealed that she treated herself to a vacation to get her mind off of what she'd gone through.

    And it's one of the many reasons Angelica continues to fight for trans rights and advocate for inclusivity for the trans community — inside and outside of Hollywood.

    Angelica Ross attends the red carpet event for FX's "Pose"
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    To learn more about Angelica, be sure to check out her full Self Magazine cover story.

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