Ashlee Simpson Ross (previously Ashlee Nicole Simpson and, during her first marriage, Simpson-Wentz), born October 3, 1984 in Waco Texas, is an actress and singer (2001present) and also younger sister to Jessica Simpson. Early in her career, she scored hits with the songs "Pieces Of Me" and "Boyfriend".
To much of the world, however, she is known for the infamous Saturday Night Live performance in October 2004 where she was caught lip-synching in front of millions of people at home and then proceeded to do a hoe-down for some bizarre reason, followed by a disastrous off-key performance at the 2005 Orange Bowl in which she was booed off stage. She is also an actress, with her best-known role being Violet Foster in the Melrose Place remake. She
is was married to Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and has a son named Bronx Mowgli. Currently married to Evan Ross, the son of Diana Ross with whom she had her second child, a daughter named Jagger Snow.
- 7th Heaven Cecilia Smith (20022004)
- The Ashlee Simpson Show (20042005)
- Melrose Place Violet Foster (20092010)
- Pawn Shop Chronicles Theresa (2013)
- Undiscovered Cela (2005)
- Chicago Roxie Hart 2006, 2009, 2013.
Tropes associated with this singer include:
- Aloof Younger Sister.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played straight in Rule Breaker
- Be Yourself: Love Me for Me, Nothing New, Autobiography, What I've Become, Catch Me As I Fall and Say Goodbye as a few examples.
- Bowdlerization: Fac'ade in Bittersweet World is covered up. Motherfucking is also bleeped on Rule Breaker.
- Break Up Song: Love Makes the World Go Round, Rag Doll, Undiscovered, I Am Me, No Time For Tears, Say Goodbye, and Little Miss Obsessive
- Darker and Edgier: She's marketed as the slightly edgier alternative to Jessica Simpson's bubblegum pop.
- Genre Roulette: Bittersweet World runs the gauntlet of Rap, RNB, Dance and duet based pop rock.
- Fading into the Next Song: What I've Become-Hot Stuff on Bittersweet World.
- From Bad to Worse: The SNL snafu would've been career-crippling in itself, but three months later, she performed at the halftime show for the 2005 Orange Bowl. She had problems hearing the audio during the performance of "La La", causing her to go wildly off-pitch and out of sync with the music, prompting the crowd of 70,000+ to boo her mercilessly. You can see the end of the Orange Bowl performance and the fan displeasure here.
- Hidden Depths: Although her level of talent has been questioned, she remains to this day the youngest student accepted to the American Ballet Company. She was accepted before Jessica hit it big, as well.
- Hide Your Lesbians: It is rumored that her character in Undiscovered was originally supposed to be a lesbian before her father stepped in and demanded it changed.
- Intercourse with You: La La, Kicking and Screaming, Burning Up, Coming Back For More.
- New Sound Album: Bittersweet World used some R&B samples and laid back grooves.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: As mentioned above Bittersweet World mixed her rock beginnings with dance, rnb and lounge sounds.
- Oh, Crap!: Her reaction to the wrong song playing during her Saturday Night Live performance, leading to her hoe-down dance.
- Overprotective Dad: Sharing a dad with Jessica Simpson
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Walked off the set of Saturday Night Live when she was caught lip-synching.
- Shotgun Wedding: Formerly to Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.
- Silly Love Songs: In Another Life, Never Dream Alone, Endless Summer, Pieces Of Me
- Stage Mom: Gender-flipped. Her dad was, shared with Jessica Simpson.
- Take That!: Bittersweet World, the song towards Hollywood... and What I've Become to people who dislike her evolution over time.
- Shadow to her parents to side lining her in favour of Jessica.
- Tsundere: The idea behind her debut album, especially songs like "Love Me For Me", "Autobiography" and "Surrender", but it's always an element of her music.
- The Lad-ette: Rule Breaker and Autobiography indicate this. Also how she was invented as the AntiJessica Simpson.
- Rock Star Song: Bittersweet World, essentially.
- Tomboy: Compared to her sister.
- Vocal Evolution: She gets less husky and more strong and secure in her vocals from her debut to third album.
- What Could Have Been: Nina Dobrev's character on The Vampire Diaries was written for Ashlee Simpson.