Countess Vaughn Previews ‘Hollywood Divas’
Brace yourself, this week marks the debut of Hollywood Divas! I hope you’ll tune in to see what happens when four accomplished – and fiercely competitive – Black actresses band together to jumpstart the next phase of their careers. The egos start to rise when a newcomer threatens the group.
This week, you’ll be reunited with Golden Brooks (Girlfriends), Elise Neal (The Hughleys) and Paula Jai Parker (Hustle and Flow), beautiful women who’ve been a part of the Hollywood scene for many years. I’ve been around even longer. As a child actress, I grew up on TV in shows including The Parkers and Moesha. And now I’m back with a vengeance. The first stop is to the plastic surgeon, where after many years of struggling with my weight and appearance, I’ve decided to undergo full-body liposuction. You’ll sit in on the first appointment with Dr. Matlock where we decide, part by part, what needs to get done. All I know is that I’m going to look awesome!
In episode one, each of us is visited by Paula Jai Parker, who wants to bring all of us together to work on a film project. Paula Jai feels that she’s been blacklisted by the Hollywood community for marrying an “outsider.” We’re all shocked to find out that she’s been homeless. We all meet to hear what she has in mind. Seems she’s determined to self-produce an independent film that could be the key to the next stage of our careers.
Each of us has our own story of perseverance in Hollywood. Golden took time off to have her daughter. She’s frustrated to discover that Hollywood hasn’t been waiting for her to return. Elise is determined to put all of her skills to work and restarts her dance group. Then there’s surprise castmate Lisa Wu, who appeared for three years on Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Tune into Hollywood Divas Wednesday nights 10:00 PM ET on TV One. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @CountessDVaughn and tweet at me using the hashtag #HollywoodDivas!