Evan Ross

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Evan Ross
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Born Evan Olav Næss
(1988-08-26) August 26, 1988 (age 26)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Other names Evan Olav Ross
  • Actor
  • musician
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Ashlee Simpson (m. 2014)

Evan Olav Næss (born August 26, 1988), professionally known as Evan Ross, is an American actor and musician. He is the son of entertainer Diana Ross and businessman and mountaineer Arne Næss, Jr. He is the half-brother of actresses Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Tracee Ellis Ross, and of singer Leona Naess. He began acting in the mid-2000s, appearing in the films ATL and Pride. Ross released his first single, "Yes Me", in February 2011.

Early life[edit]

Ross was born Evan Olav Næss on August 26, 1988, in Greenwich, Connecticut, to entertainer Diana Ross and businessman and mountaineer Arne Næss, Jr. His father was of German and Norwegian descent and his mother is African-American.[1][2] His paternal great-uncle was Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss. He has three maternal half-sisters (Tracee Ellis Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Chudney Ross), three paternal half-brothers and two paternal half-sisters (Christoffer, Nicklas, Louis, Leona Næss and Katinka), and one brother from both parents (Ross Næss). In 2004, Ross' father was killed in a climbing accident while in South Africa.

Acting career[edit]

Ross began his career as an actor while a student at Greenwich High School. His first major role was in the film, ATL, released in March 2006, in which he co-starred with rappers T.I. and Big Boi. Ross received rave reviews for his role as a troubled teenager in Life Support, along with Queen Latifah and Tracee Ellis Ross, who portrayed Evan's elder sister in the movie and is his real-life sister. Ross later co-starred in the biographical film Pride, in which he portrayed a good-natured teen with a speech impediment. He also appeared (uncredited on-screen) in an episode of Girlfriends. The episode, titled "What's Black-A-Lackin'?", also had Chrisette Michele as a guest star, and was directed by Tracee Ellis Ross.[3]

Ross at a Girls Gone Wild magazine party, June 4, 2008

Ross has appeared in several other films, including Linewatch with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in 2008, and the independent film Life Is Hot in Cracktown in 2009. He then starred as Julie, the love interest of Hilary Duff's character, in the 2009 comedy-drama film According to Greta. Ross has also appeared in the Notorious B.I.G. music video for the song "Nasty Girl" (2005) and the Lionel Richie music video for the single "Just Go" (2009).

In 2010, Ross joined the cast of The CW's teen drama series 90210 in its third season, portraying Liam Court's (Matt Lanter) half-brother and the love interest to Annie Wilson, played by Shenae Grimes.[4] In 2011, he appeared in the critically acclaimed film festival winner, Mooz-lum, also starring Danny Glover and Nia Long. He then starred alongside Brittany Snow in the thriller 96 Minutes, which was released April 28, 2012 in select cities. Ross won the Breakout Acting Award at SXSW for his performance.

In 2013, Ross has portrayed music producer Dallas Austin in the VH1 biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, about the 1990s Atlanta girl group TLC (the film was named after their second album CrazySexyCool). Ross played Messalla in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, released in November 2014, and reprises the role in the upcoming Part 2, scheduled for release in November 2015. In July 2015, he joined the cast of ABC's anthology drama series Wicked City as crime scene paparazzo Diver Hawkes.[5]

Music career[edit]

In 2007, Ross began recording his debut album, which will encompass R&B and pop.[6] After four years in the studio, Ross released his single "Yes Me" on February 25, 2011, which was produced by Tony DeNiro and written by DeNiro and Ross.[citation needed] Ross released a sneak preview of another song, "How To Live Alone", on his Instagram on December 5.[7] On May 14, 2015, Ross released the song as a single, featuring rapper T.I.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2013, it was reported that Ross had begun dating singer Ashlee Simpson.[9] Ross and Simpson became engaged in January 2014,[10] and married on August 30, 2014 at Ross' mother's estate in Connecticut.[11] In December 2014, Ross and Simpson announced that they are expecting their first child together, a girl.[12][13][14] Their daughter, Jagger Snow Ross, was born on July 30, 2015.[15] Through his marriage, Ross also has one stepson, Bronx Mowgli (born November 2008), from Simpson's previous marriage to musician Pete Wentz.[16] In December 2014, Ross and his wife both filed requests to change their surname to Ross-Næss.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 ATL Anton "Ant" Swann
2007 Pride Reggie
2008 Gardens of the Night Donnie
2008 Linewatch Little Boy
2009 According to Greta Julie
2009 Life Is Hot in Cracktown Romeo
2009 Black Water Transit Gary Vermillion
2010 Case 219 Cameron Porter
2010 Mooz-lum Tariq Mahdi
2011 The Family Tree Josh Krebs
2011 96 Minutes Dre
2012 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Kevin
2013 N.Y.C. Underground Sam
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Messalla
2014 Supremacy Anthony
2014 All the Wilderness Harmon
2015 Just Before I Go Romeo Semple
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Messalla Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Life Support Amare McCarter Television film
2008 Girlfriends Marco Episode: "What's Black-a-Lackin'?"
2010–11 90210 Charlie Selby Recurring role; 9 episodes
2011 Luck Doorman Episode: "Pilot"
2013 CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Dallas Austin Television film
2015 Wicked City Diver Hawkes Main cast; upcoming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Life Support Nominated
2011 Black Reel Award for Best Actor Mooz-lum Nominated
SXSW Competition Award for Breakthrough Performance 96 Minutes Won


  1. ^ "Evan Ross". The New York Times. All Movie Guide/Rovi. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "ATL, Evan Ross". People. Time. April 3, 2006. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  3. ^ "What's Black-A-Lackin'?". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Diana Ross' Son Joins the Cast of 90210". TV Guide. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 6, 2015). "ABC's 'Wicked City' Adds Jeremy Sisto, Evan Ross in Recastings". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  6. ^ Davis, Peter (March 27, 2007). "Beautiful People 2007: Evan Ross". Paper. Paper Publishing Company. Retrieved May 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Evan Ross Teases "Incredible" New Music With Ashlee Simpson, Would "Love" to Duet With Diana Ross". E! Online. November 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "New Music: Evan Ross feat. T.I - "How To Live Alone"". Rap Up. May 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ Billups, Andrea (July 3, 2013). "Is Ashlee Simpson Dating Evan Ross?". People. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ Cosgrove Baylis, Sheila (January 13, 2014). "Ashlee Simpson Engaged to Evan Ross". People. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ McNiece, Mia (August 31, 2014). "Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Are Married". People. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ Stanhope, Kate (December 18, 2014). "Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Expecting Their First Child". TV Guide. United States. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ Leon, Anya; Garcia, Jennifer (December 18, 2014). "Baby on the Way for Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson". People. United States. Time Inc. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Finn, Natalie (December 18, 2014). "Ashlee Simpson Is Pregnant With Her and Husband Evan Ross' First Child Together". E!. United States: NBCUniversal. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson Welcome Daughter Jagger Snow". People. July 31, 2015. 
  16. ^ Laudadio, Marisa (November 21, 2008). "It's a Boy for Ashlee & Pete!". People. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2008. 
  17. ^ Stutz, Colin (December 29, 2014). "Ashlee Simpson & Husband Evan Ross Changing Names to Honor Mother-In-Law Diana Ross". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 

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