Rochelle Aytes Interview: 'There Will Be Heartbreak, Love, Temptation, and Deceit' on 'Mistresses'
Rochelle Aytes Interview: 'There Will Be Heartbreak, Love, Temptation, and Deceit' on 'Mistresses'
Megan Cole
Megan Cole
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
A week from today, ABC will launch its new summer series, Mistresses, about the lives and loves of four beautiful, intelligent women. I was fortunate enough to speak with one of the show's stars, Rochelle Aytes, who answered our questions about her character and what viewers can expect from the new ABC drama.

Your new show Mistresses is based on a British series of the same name. Did you know anything about the previous version before this project came along? If not, what drew you to the show?

I had heard of the British version, but I never saw it. What drew me to the script was the writing and the dynamic characters. There are so many levels to April. I couldn't wait to challenge myself.

Mistresses revolves around four close friends, all women, who are trying to help each other navigate the complications of their personal and romantic lives. What is it like working on a series that is so focused on female characters and the bonds between them?

Working on a show that is focused on female characters and their bond has been a pure joy. Each of these women on-screen and off-screen is a funny, strong, intelligent woman. I have learned so much from them.

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Your character, April Malloy, is a recently single mother raising two children after her husband's death. How has the family been coping with that loss and are we going to see any flashbacks or dream sequences involving the deceased Mr. Malloy?

Actually, April has one child in this version. At the start of the season it will have been three years since her husband's death. April and her daughter, Lucy, were extremely heartbroken, but they continue to keep his memory alive. There will be some flashbacks as well as some shocking surprises. Stay tuned in!

What can viewers expect from the first season of ABC's Mistresses and do you know if there were any major changes made from the British version that fans should be on the look-out for?

In the first season of Mistresses, viewers can expect a range of emotion and suspenseful story lines. There will be heartbreak, love, temptation, and deceit. All of these women will have to deal with the consequences of their actions. Fans may not be happy with some of their decisions, but I think they will care about each of them.

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You also have another project coming up soon, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story. In the VH1 biopic, you play former R&B star Perri "Pebbles" Reid, the woman credited for discovering the group. What were some of the challenges of playing a real person rather than a character someone created and is it something you would consider doing again in the future?

I found that playing a real life person comes with great responsibility. I wanted to do my best to portray Pebbles with truth and integrity, which included watching interview footage of her on YouTube and getting information from Chilli and T-Boz. This was an amazing experience and I look forward to working on more biopics.

ABC's Mistresses premieres June 3 and will air Mondays at 10pm.

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