Actor Christian Keyes arrives at The Pan African Film & Arts Festival Premiere of Screen Gems’ ‘About Last Night’ at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on February 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California
*Actor Christian Keyes has signed on for a regular role in ABC’s drama pilot “Agatha,” from ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Co.
According to Deadline.com, it’s a character-driven procedural about Agatha, a former convict-turned-big-city criminologist who is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance.
Keyes plays tattooed bad boy Zane. Agatha knows he’s trouble — she did time to protect him — but just can’t seem to stay away. And the feeling is definitely mutual.
Keyes currently recurs on BET’s “Let’s Stay Together” and ABC’s “Mistresses.”
*Born in New York on May 17, 1976, Rochelle Aytes is quickly establishing herself as one of Hollywood’s brightest starlets with an impressive film and television career on the rise.
Rochelle is now starring on “Mistresses,” ABC’s new, nighttime soap opera.
Based on the British TV series of the same name, the show co-stars Alyssa Milano, Jess Macallan and Yunjin Kim. It is a provocative, thrilling, drama that finds four women with scandalous romantic lives caught in storms of excitement and self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal, and at the mercy of the complex relationships they’ve created.
Rochelle will play the lead role of April, a young widow raising two daughters and running a high-end linen shop on Robertson Boulevard. She was previously seen as a series regular on a short-lived but very funny sitcom for ABC entitled Work. And she starred opposite Christian Slater on ABC’s The Forgotten.
She enjoyed a recurring role on the hit series Desperate Housewives and Detroit 187. In addition, she has shot guest leads on TV shows like White Collar, Dark Blue, NCIS: Las Vegas, Daybreak, ER, CSI: NY, and on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, as Allen Payne’s love interest.
Rochelle made her big screen debut in the summer of 2004 playing the love interest of Shawn Wayans in the romantic comedy White Chicks. More recently, she starred in a lead role opposite Blair Underwood, Tyler Perry and Boris Kodjoe in Madea’s Family Reunion.
Kam Williams: Hi Rochelle. Thanks for another interview.
Rochelle Aytes: Thanks for having me!
KW: Congratulations on landing a lead role on your own TV series!
RA: Thank you, Kam. I am so excited for it to finally air.
KW: How would you describe the show in 25 words or less?
RA: Mistresses is about the lives of four women, each going through different versions of infidelity. Their longtime friendship is what gets them through extremely challenging times.
KW: Did you watch episodes of the British version of the program in preparation for the role?
RA: I have actually never seen the British version.
KW: What makes your character, April Malloy, tick?
RA: April is the more down-to-earth, motherly one of the girls. She gets so worked up over prank phone calls and starts to believe that it is the ghost of her dead husband.
KW: What message, if any, do you want the audience to take away from the series?
RA: I hope that the audience is thoroughly entertained. Each story line is very relatable to the average person’s life and hopefully they will find comfort in knowing that they are not alone.
KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure?
RA: Coffee and wine.
KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?
RA: DeVon Franklin and Tim Vandehey’s book, “Produced by Faith.”
RA: A cheese omelette with spinach and peppers, and home fries!
KW: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you?
RA: Planning a vacation on a beach somewhere!
KW: The Mike Pittman question: What was your best career decision?
RA: Working with my team. I have the best agent, manager, publicist, acting coach, and lawyer. Without them I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I’ve had.
KW: What was your first big break?
RA: My first big break was White Chicks. I had only been acting for about two years and I certainly didn’t feel like I was ready for such an opportunity. It could only be the hand of God blessing me. I accept everything I’m given with great appreciation.
KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
RA: To heal my mother. She has kidney failure and osteoporosis. It’s very sad.
KW: I’m so sorry to hear that, Rochelle. I’ll keep her in my prayers. The Jamie Foxx question: If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do? Would you do the bad stuff, you never got a chance to do, or would you do good stuff to make sure you make it into heaven?
RA: I would do the good stuff. I want eternal life with my father.
KW: The Kerry Washington question: If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
RA: A butterfly or a bird.
KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory?
RA: I remember being very young and going to AA meetings with my father in Brooklyn. I thought it was fun because they served hot chocolate and cookies.
KW: The Anthony Mackie question: Is there something that you promised to do if you became famous, that you still haven’t done yet?
RA: No, but I promised to buy my mother a house when I became rich.
KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person you pretend to be on the red carpet?
RA: I feel like I am pretty much the same, minus the extra hair and makeup. I may turn the energy up a bit, but I’m a silly person naturally and I love to laugh and have fun, so I tend to carry that same energy onto the carpet.
KW: The Anthony Anderson question: If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?
RA: That’s a hard one! It’s a tie between flying and healing.
KW: The Michael Ealy question: If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be?
KW: The Harriet Pakula-Teweles question: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?
RA: Yes–Pretty Woman. I love Julia Roberts and that red dress. I actually had someone duplicate it for my high school prom. [LOL]
KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman asks: What is your favorite charity?
RA: Any one that has to do with saving children.
KW: Can you come up with a Rochelle Aytes question I can ask other celebrities?
RA: If you could choose any other occupation what would it be?
KW: Thanks, and thanks again for the time, Rochelle, and best of luck with Mistresses.
RA: Thank you so much, Kam. I really enjoyed answering these questions. They were very thought provoking.
*We hit up Jason George of ABC’s summer soap “Mistresses,” which centers on four friends involved in various states of infidelity. However, the actor is quick to point out that the series, as the title may suggest, is about more than just a bunch of vixens happy to be “the other woman.”
“The title jumps out at you, ‘Mistresses,’ and it sounds salacious and it sounds totally over the top soapy,” he told us about his initial reaction to the script. “Then you start reading it, and now for you guys watching it, you start realizing the realities that come into it.
“When you have infidelity there’s the person who’s committing the infidelity and they have to deal with all the consequences of their actions. If you’re going to try and keep it going, do you keep lying, do you break it off, how do you play that whole thing? And then there’s the realities of people, if you’re the person who is being cheated on, all the fallout of that. So it’s one of those things where it was about these four women who make really extreme choices and all the consequences of them. And that was interesting to me to see it not just played out for just the sexy-sexy, , but actually really teasing out all of the choices you have to make after that first choice that may be a bad choice.”
Based on the original BBC series, “Mistresses” stars Alyssa Milano as Savannah “Savi” Davis, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim and Jes Macallan as Josslyn Carver.
Rochelle Aytes (L) and Alyssa Milano on ABC’s “Mistresses”
Below, George tells us where his character, Dominic Taylor, fits into the debauchery.
Watch a Jason George and Alyssa Milano in action below.
MISTRESSES – ABC’s “Mistresses” stars Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy. (ABC/BOB D’AMICO)
*ABC is bringing Rochelle Aytes and Jason George to living rooms this summer via “Mistresses,” a drama based on the British series about four girlfriends caught up in webs of secrecy and betrayal – just as the title would suggest…right?
“It’s not a bunch of ladies whoring around,” declares executive producer Rina Mimoun. “It’s not the way the show is, sort of, set up. It really is all of these women have especially just in the course of the one season, it’s one mistake almost for each of them that has, sort of, snowballed into a bigger a bigger mess, but it’s the way that it’s treated.”
Aytes plays April, a recent widow and mother of two who is rebuilding her life after tragedy and learning to move forward. She’s BFFs with both Savi (Alyssa Milano), a successful career woman working toward the next phase in her life; and Savi’s little sister Josselyn (Jes Macallan), a single real estate broker who is off the hook with her partying and serial dating.
Alyssa Milano and Rochelle Aytes in ABC’s “Mistresses”
Aytes, 36, from New York, says of her character April, “I’ve known Savi and Joss since I was about 10, so we’ve all been friends for a long time.”
The fourth friend is Karen (Yunjin Kim), a therapist who reconnects with the girls after her involvement in a relationship with a patient goes far too deep.
“I think the core and the foundation of the show is that friendship between the women,” says Milano. “No matter what situation that we get ourselves into, by maybe some poor choices that we make, not only do we have the support of our friends, but if they can’t be the most honest with you, then who can?”
One of Savi’s “poor choices” is cheating on her husband with Dominic Taylor, a co-worker at her law firm played by Jason George.
Cast of ABC’s “Mistresses”
Below, the veteran of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Off the Map” talks about booking yet another show on the network.
ABC will air 13 episodes of “Mistresses” beginning June 3. Watch the trailer below.
He’s pretty scandalous. One of his mistresses allegedly drove the Smart Car, Evelyn Lozada, his wife, bought for him.
Since all his dirt has been exposed, the guy is pretty much a disgrace and looks pretty desperate at this point. Or maybe he has an addiction. They’ve got therapy for that.
He’s got women in different area codes, and so far we know about the Miami girl, Boston chick, and the Atlanta peach. Some have been out with the affair since the news broke; bragging about the love affair each of them have had.
In the meantime, he’s lost sponsorship from Zico coconut water; doesn’t have a job with the Miami Dolphins, and his soon-to-be ex-woman is about to give her goodies to someone else.
Apparently Atlanta has plenty more reality shows to push out. “The Real Mistresses of Atlanta” is next on the television conveyor belt.
The show, created by MeMpHiTz Wright, features the stores of Maliah, Rosee, Mary Jane, Sarah and Branden. And no, Branden is not technically a mistress, but he apparently has few qualms with playing the role.
Anyway, “Mistresses” is bound to be more drama than you can think of, especially because these women are exactly what the title suggests, mistresses. These are the women that wives despise.
“If I were ever approached by a wife, there’s no argument. There’s no fight,” said Mary Jane who spit a few bars in the nine-minute sneak peek. ”I would sympathize with her dearly, but if it’s anything you need from me, you need to know what I’m doing to have your man coming to me.”
So far, there’s no official word if the show’s been picked up by a network yet, but it’s sure to be watched.
Check out the definitely Not Safe For Work sneak peek: