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First Wives Club

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Get to know the women behind First Wives Club

12 April 2023
These three talented actresses portray three college friends who reconnect after many years and support each other through the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives. The show is a fresh take on the original First Wives Club movie and explores women's challenges in their 40s as they navigate career changes, family dynamics, and relationships.
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The leading ladies of the First Wives Club series are:

  • Ryan Michelle Bathe as Ari Montgomery
  • Jill Scott as Hazel Ellis
  • Michelle Buteau as Bree Washington


Ryan Michelle Bathe plays Ari.

  • Ryan Michelle Bathe was born on 27 July, 1976 in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
  • She graduated from Stanford University with a theatre and African-American studies degree.
  • While at Stanford, she was an Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority member.
  • Ryan Michelle Bathe is best known for her roles on television, including appearances on Boston Legal, Army Wives, This Is Us, and First Wives Club.
  • She is married to actor Sterling K Brown, whom she met while they were both students at Stanford. They have two sons together.
  • In addition to acting, Ryan Michelle Bathe is a producer and has worked on the TV series First Wives Club and City on a Hill.
  • She is passionate about social justice issues and has worked with organisations such as the Innocence Project and the National Women's Law Center.
  • Ryan Michelle Bathe is also a supporter of the arts and has served on the board of directors for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles


Jill Scott plays Hazel.

  • Jill Scott was born on 4 April, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • She is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, actress, and poet.
  • Jill Scott's debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 was released in 2000 and were certified double platinum.
  • In addition to her music career, she has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including Why Did I Get Married, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and Black Lightning.
  • Jill Scott has been nominated for several awards, including three Grammy Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, and two BET Awards.
  • She has also been recognised for her activism and philanthropy work, particularly in education and youth development.
  • Jill Scott is a spoken word artist who has published several poetry books, including The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours, and The Light of the Sun.
  • She is a proud mother to her son, Jett Hamilton Roberts, whom she adopted in 2009.
  • Jill Scott is known for her powerful, soulful voice and ability to blend various musical genres, including R&B, soul, jazz, and hip-hop.
  • In 2015, she received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.


Michelle Buteau plays Bree

  • Michelle Buteau was born in New Jersey, USA, on 24 July, 1977.
  • She is a stand-up comedian, actress, and podcast host.
  • Michelle Buteau has appeared in several TV shows and movies, including Tales of the City, The Circle, and Always Be My Maybe.
  • She has also been a host and correspondent for various TV networks, including VH1, MTV, and Comedy Central.
  • Michelle Buteau is of Haitian descent and has incorporated her cultural background into her comedy routines.
  • In addition to her on-screen work, she has performed stand-up comedy at various clubs and festivals worldwide.
  • Michelle Buteau is married to Dutch photographer Gijs van der Most and has twin sons.
  • She has hosted several podcasts throughout her career, including Late Night Whenever! and Adulting.
  • Michelle Buteau has been a guest on numerous podcasts, including 2 Dope Queens, The Read, and WTF with Marc Maron.
  • She has been featured in several publications, including The New York Times, Essence, and Time Out New York.


It is safe to say that the leading ladies of the First Wives Club are powerhouses. To see them in action, tune in every Thursday at 21:00.

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