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Produced, Written and Directed by Tyler Perry

Production Notes

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Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, sexual references and brief violence)

Run time: 111 mins.


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THE CAST


ALFRE WOODARD..………………………………………………….

Alice

SANAA LATHAN……………………………………………………..

Andrea

ROCKMOND DUNBAR………………………………………………

Chris

KADEE STRICKLAND………………………………………………..

Jillian

COLE HAUSER.……………………………………………………….

William

TARAJI P. HENSON……………………………………………………

Pam

ROBIN GIVENS………………………………………………………..

Abby

TYLER PERRY...……………………………………………………….

Ben

And KATHY BATES……………………………………………………

Charlotte

THE FILMMAKERS


Produced, Written and Directed by………………………………………

TYLER PERRY

Produced by……………………………………………………………...

REUBEN CANNON

Co-Producers…………………………………………………………….

ROGER M. BOBB




JOSEPH P. GENIER

Director of Photography…………………………………………………

TOYOMICHI KURITA

Production Designer……………………………………………………..

INA MAYHEW

Edited by…………………………………………………………………

MAYSIE HOY, A.C.E.

Costume Designer………………………………………………………..

KEITH G. LEWIS

Music Supervisor………………………………………………………...

JOEL C. HIGH

Music by………………………………………………………………….

AARON ZIGMAN

Local Casting by…………………………………………………………

ALPHA TYLER


SYNOPSIS

Academy Award®-winner Kathy Bates (Best Actress, Misery, 1990) and Academy Award®-nominee Alfre Woodard (Best Supporting Actress, Cross Creek, 1983) star as the matriarchs of two very different families being torn apart by greed and scandal in the contemporary drama TYLER PERRY’S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS. The sixth feature film by writer, producer, actor Perry chronicles the inner workings of two families—one upper-crust and the other working class—that become inextricably linked by scandal.


Wealthy socialite Charlotte Cartwright (Kathy Bates) and her dear friend Alice Pratt (Alfre Woodard), a working class woman of high ideals, have enjoyed a lasting friendship throughout many years. Suddenly, their lives become mired in turmoil as their adult children’s extramarital affairs, unethical business practices and a dark paternity secret threaten to derail family fortunes and unravel the lives of all involved. Alice’s self-centered newlywed daughter Andrea (Sanaa Lathan) is betraying her trusting husband Chris (Rockmond Dunbar) by engaging in a torrid affair with her boss and mother’s best friend’s son William (Cole Hauser). While cheating on his wife Jillian (KaDee Strickland) with a string of ongoing dalliances with his mistress Andrea, William’s true focus is to replace the COO of his mother’s lucrative construction corporation. Meanwhile, Alice’s other daughter Pam (Taraji P. Henson), a kind but no nonsense woman married to a hard working construction worker (Tyler Perry), tries to steer the family in a more positive direction.
While paternity secrets, marital infidelity, greed and unsavory business dealings threaten to derail both families, Charlotte and Alice decide to take a breather from it all by making a cross-country road trip in which they rediscover themselves and possibly find a way to save their families from ruin in TYLER PERRY’S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

With THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, Tyler Perry focuses his attention on the elusive idea of happiness – how we attain and protect it and what can happen when family members are overtaken by power and greed. Charlotte and Alice become forced to reevaluate their lives when one suffers a personal tragedy. Together they share a newfound commitment to self-discovery and search for greater personal fulfillment.


The film is somewhat of a departure for Perry whose previous films have all primarily centered on African-American characters. “I wanted to do something different this time,” explains Perry, “I originally started out telling a story about infidelity, and then went in a whole other direction with these two families who have members preying on one another.”
Producer Reuben Cannon sees this film as not simply a departure for Perry, but also an exciting and daring creative move for the young filmmaker. “Tyler’s audience expands with each new film,” says Cannon, “and they join him on his journey and the journey of his characters.”
As with all of Tyler Perry’s films, the idea for THE FAMILY THAT PREYS grew out of his own personal experience. “I was going through this time in my life where I was having a lot of success, but I wasn’t happy,” shares the talented young actor-producer-director, whose film career includes a string of hit feature films, skyrocketing DVD sales, a New York Times best-selling book and the hit cable television series “House of Payne.” As the only African-American to ever own a major motion picture and television production facility, the New Orleans native admits that even with his litany of accolades and professional achievements, he had to learn to simply be happy. “I just decided, ‘you know what? I want to live today because tomorrow’s not promised.’ That’s what it came down to for me.”
Charlotte Cartwright is a wealthy, widowed businesswoman running a successful contracting company started by her late husband. Charlotte’s life is complicated by the demands created from her philandering son and his unsavory business practices which repeatedly force her hand. Charlotte finally takes stock of her own life after receiving some personal devastating news. Blindsided, she decides to throw caution to the wind and embark on an unforgettable road trip with her best friend, Alice (Woodard) to recapture the joy of being carefree.
As mutual fans of one another’s work, Bates and Woodard had hoped for many years to someday work together, waiting for the right project to avail itself. So when this opportunity finally arose, Bates says she jumped at it. “Alfre is the main reason I did the film,” shares the actor turned director. “She’s such an incredible actress, a wonderful human being and a great activist. Working with her has given me deep, deep pleasure.”
Flattered by Perry’s invitation to star in the film, Woodard was equally as thrilled with the opportunity to star alongside Bates, an actor whom she likewise greatly admires. “Actors talk about using their bodies as instruments and Kathy is like playing a Stradivarius,” says Woodard. There’s nothing finer. “There are times when you’re reminded of why you got into this whole discipline in the first place and Kathy and I have shared some of those moments.”
Perry feels he received two of the best creative gifts on this film – the opportunity to collaborate with both Bates as well as Woodard. It was producer Reuben Cannon who suggested casting the two acting heavyweights, but Perry was uncertain they would accept. “I just thought, there’s no way Academy-Award® winning actress Kathy Bates - the “Misery” woman, will do my film,” recalls a jubilant Perry. As it turns out, Perry’s high expectations about working with Bates were far exceeded. “The first scene I shot with Kathy was in a church and the camera is moving around the sanctuary, then it lands on Kathy’s face,” Perry recalls. “The woman didn’t say a word – and she just wrecked the whole place just by the look on her face – that’s how powerful she is.”
Says Bates “one of the wonderful things about being older is that your life is full of so many emotional experiences, you have so many things to call on…Alfre and I were both very full emotionally and we could bring all of that to these scenes.”
As Charlotte’s best friend, Alice Pratt, Woodard portrays a disciplined, conservative woman of humble means and high ethical standards who owns a small diner and remains supportive of her two adult daughters (Sanaa Lathan and Taraji P. Henson). As a true pioneer among African-Americans in the film industry, Woodard’s stellar film and television repertoire includes multiple accolades including an Oscar® nomination in 1983 for “Cross Creek.” “Working with Alfre has been such joy,” says Perry. “I would give her direction to see where she would go, like ‘be more gentle with it’ – and she’d adjust to a place that would make me go ’Whoa! She is absolutely amazing!’”
Always excited by the creative process, Woodard also welcomed the opportunity to work with a young up and coming filmmaker. “Self discovery and the cohesion between actor and director is what makes you feel like you’re making a picture with your big brother,” shares Woodard.
The feeling of familiarity was especially present between Woodard and her co-stars Sanaa Lathan and Taraji P. Henson. “It’s a great present to me getting to work with Sanaa and Taraji who are two of the most talented and exciting young actors of their age group,” says Woodard. This film marks the third time that Woodard has starred alongside Lathan in the role of mother and daughter.
In portraying Andrea, the first in her family to graduate from college, Lathan’s character struggles to reconcile her modest, working class background with the more affluent lifestyle she desires and vehemently pursues for herself. “She’s a climber,” says Lathan. Unfortunately the choices she makes to improve her circumstances on her way up the ladder make “Andrea” ruthless to the core. While standing alongside her new husband Chris (Rockmond Dunbar) on their wedding day, Andrea meets the man with whom she eventually engages in a passionate five-year affair. “I guess I would call her the villainess,” says Lathan. “She’s not the most honest person and does not have much integrity,” says the Yale drama school graduate who admits it was difficult to play such an unsympathetic and calculating woman. “At times I wanted to play against her meanness, but Tyler would push me saying ‘she’s ruthless, she’s cold,” says Lathan. “I guess there are people like that, so you can’t judge the character.”
Andrea clashes constantly with her more level headed, down-to-earth sister Pam (Taraji P. Henson). Henson’s character provides hope for her family as they struggle to overcome marital infidelity and financial scandal. Happily married to a working class construction worker (Tyler Perry), she is content with the simplicity of her life.
Perry had his heart set on casting Henson, a Washington, D.C. native whom the director had met while attending the NAACP Images Awards. Little did he know, Henson had spotted him at the same event before he could make his way over. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh there’s Tyler, so I ran over to him between a break and we hugged,” Henson recalls. Touched by the “soulfulness in her eyes,” Perry says he was also moved by the versatility of her riveting performance in “Hustle and Flow.” But then, “after I saw her in ‘Talk To Me,’ I said ‘I’ve got to work with this woman because she’s a firecracker and a ball of fun.”
Henson welcomed the chance to add Pam to her slate of characters – this time playing the virtuous and moral sister opposite Lathan’s ruthless “Andrea.” She also feels grateful to Tyler for casting her, “I’d done some pretty gritty characters before this film and some people might not have been able to see me in this role, but Tyler has this great way of thinking out of the box and of mixing old Hollywood with new Hollywood very successfully,” she says adding, “This film is about love and money and how those things can destroy a family,” explains Henson.
Perhaps best known for his starring role as a dedicated and loving dad on Showtime’s long running television drama “Soul Food,” actor/producer Rockmond Dunbar plays Chris, a blue-collar construction worker married to Lathan’s “Andrea” who is committed to providing for his family. Yet despite his best efforts, Chris’s marriage and the paternity of his son are threatened by his wife’s affair.
“I’m one of those men who loves his wife through and through,” says Dunbar. “But she’s an adulteress and I’m sort of gullible. There’s a point in the film where you go ‘wow, you didn’t see that coming!’” A fan of Perry’s work, Dunbar enjoyed being a part of the ensemble cast as well as part of the legacy he feels Perry is building. “Several friends of mine who had worked with Tyler said he was incredible. They told me, ‘you can expect this and you can expect that’ and Tyler lived up to every preconception I had of him,” shares Dunbar. “He works extremely hard, he’s very particular about things, and knows exactly what he wants from everyone.”
Cole Hauser plays Charlotte’s son, Nick Cartwright, a young man driven by professional ambition and desire. No stranger to playing the role of villains, as with his role in John Singleton’s “2 Fast 2 Furious,” Hauser welcomed the challenge of portraying a darker character.
“I usually play the role of the ‘hero,’” says Hauser, “and at times, those roles can be boring to portray and even dull for audiences to watch. So I enjoy playing a character like ‘Nick.’” As a philandering husband who’s hell bent on replacing his mother as head of their family-owned corporation, Hauser insists that he still digs down deep to find the good in his character. “I’m a good guy, married with kids, but I’ve got some other things stuff going on that’s affecting people’s lives.”
As secret lovers in the film, Hauser and Lathan portray a couple carrying on a long-term affair unbeknownst to their spouses. “In the grand scheme of things, the audience will probably look at our characters and think negatively of us, but people do cheat on their wives and husbands and sometimes they fall in love. So we really fought to show our connection.”
Says Cannon, “Their characters are indicative of the kind of narcissistic and self-indulgent people who do what they want because they’re completely selfish….I think they both do a fantastic job at bringing that scenario to light.”
A professional thrill for Hauser was the opportunity to work opposite Bates. Because of the contentious nature of their mother/son relationship – with him trying to replace her as head of their family business at every turn – all of their scenes were adversarial. “We did a scene together where we’re sitting in the boardroom looking at each other smiling, not in a pleasant way, but like two evil people,” Hauser recalls. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘I learned to be crafty and sneaky because of the way you raised me as a woman’,” he says.
Bates recalls that scene fondly. “That was my very first scene with him and we’re at our most ferocious with each other, so that was a lot of fun to start off that way,” she says. At one point, Hauser started making up lines while the cameras were rolling that were not in the script. “That really pissed me off – which was good for the scene,” recalls Bates. “We had good chemistry together.”
Rounding out the ensemble cast of PREYS, actress KaDee Strickland portrays Jillian Cartwright, Hauser’s naïve and supportive wife who is blindsided when she learns of her husband’s affair. “Cole called me the minute he got in town and said ‘let’s talk about our relationship’ recalls Strickland, who had worked with Hauser on a previous project. “I appreciate him so much for that because it helped create the history between us, so that when you have to play this huge fight or loving moment, there’s someone opposite you who’s invested as well.”
Calling Bates and Woodard “human anchors,” Strickland was thrilled as an evolving actress to have an opportunity to work with them. “These women are powerhouses, luminous human beings that have such humanity about them, you can’t deny it and it was wonderful to be in their midst.”
Principal photography began in early March of 2008 and the cast and crew shot on location for five weeks in Atlanta, New Orleans and briefly in Arizona.

ABOUT THE CAST

TYLER PERRY’s (Ben) inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood’s A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows.
It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Tyler’s career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, Tyler began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself—letters full of pain, forgiveness, and, in time, a healing catharsis. The letters inspired a musical, I Know I’ve Been Changed, and in 1992 Tyler gathered his life’s savings and set off for Atlanta in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Tyler once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith—in God and, in turn, himself—only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the church, and he kept writing. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked I Know I’ve Been Changed for a limited run at a local church-turned-theatre. This time the community came out in droves, and soon the musical moved to Atlanta’s prestigious Fox Theatre. Tyler Perry never looked back.
I Know I’ve Been Changed was a poignant story of failure and redemption, and it resounded with urban audiences who identified with its themes and exalted in its spirit. In Tyler they’d found a voice for their longings, and an outlet for their entertainment, and so began an incredible run of eight plays in as many years, including Woman Thou Art Loosed!, a celebrated collaboration with the prominent Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes.
But if audiences were buoyed by Tyler’s faith, they were bowled over by his humor. No way around it: the man was plain funny. Nowhere was this more in evidence than in 2000’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, which marked the first appearance of the now-legendary Madea. A God-fearing, gun-toting, pot-smoking, loud-mouthed grandmother, Madea was played by Perry himself. Madea was such a resounding success, she soon spawned a series of plays—Madea’s Family Reunion (2002), Madea’s Class Reunion (2003) and Madea Goes to Jail (2005)— and set the stage for Tyler’s jump to the big screen.
In early 2005, Tyler’s first feature film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, debuted at #1 nationwide. By the end of its first weekend in theatres, two things had happened: the film had earned $22 million, and Tyler Perry—writer, actor, and producer—had become a superstar. Tyler’s ensuing films, Madea’s Family Reunion, Daddy Little Girls, and 2007’s monster hit Why Did I Get Married? have all met with massive critical and commercial success, delighting audiences across America and around the world.
2006 saw the publication of Tyler’s first book, Don’t Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Life and Love, which shot to the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and remained there for eight weeks. It went on to claim Quill Book Awards for both “Humor” and “Book of the Year” (an unheard-of feat for a first-time author), and spread Tyler Perry’s unique brand of inspirational entertainment to a devoted new audience.

It is a brand that is quickly becoming an empire. In 2007, Tyler expanded his reach to television with the TBS series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, the highest-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time. Not one to rest on success, Tyler Perry and his 300 Atlanta-based employees are hard at work on new projects including Meet the Browns a ten-episode pilot (based one of Tyler’s plays) for a TV series and feature film starring Angela Bassett; A Jazz Man’s Blues, a 1940s-era film drama (currently in pre-production); The Family That Preys Together starring Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan and Rockmond Dunbar (opening in Fall 2008).


Also opening this fall will be his 200,000 square foot studios in Atlanta situated on the former Delta Airlines campus on more than 30 acres. Employing hundreds of local Atlantans, his new studio will provide consist of 4 sound stages, a post production facility, a back lot, a 400 seat screening room and designated areas for entertaining and holding events.
But listen to Tyler Perry (and you can: he even has his own online talk show), and you’ll hear a man who hasn’t forgotten about the people that have helped him reach the top a mountain he could once only dream of climbing. He has been intimately involved in civil rights cases—including the trial of the Jena 6 in his home state of Louisiana, and charities that focus on helping the homeless, such as America’s Second Harvest, the Atlanta Food Bank, and Perry Place - a 20 home community Tyler built for survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Tyler Perry practices what he preaches, and what he preaches has endeared him to millions of fans drawn by that unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work.
KATHY BATES (Charlotte) is an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Award winning actress whose diverse body of stage, screen and film work has distinguished herself as one of the most talented artists of our time. Bates Best Actress Oscar® and Golden Globe® awards came for her unforgettable portrayal of obsessed fan, Annie Wilkes, in the 1990 thriller MISERY directed by Rob Reiner and based on the book by Stephen King. She earned her third Oscar® and Golden Globe® Award nominations for her role in Alexander Payne’s ABOUT SCHMIDT. In addition, she received Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award nominations for her work in Jon Avnet’s FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, and shared in a SAG Award nomination as a member of the ensemble cast of James Cameron’s all-time top-grossing blockbuster, TITANIC.
Some of Bates’ other film credits include CHERI, which she stars alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard LaGravenese’s romantic comedy drama P.S. I LOVE YOU, Jerry Seinfeld’s animated comedy BEE MOVIE, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD in which she stars with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, PERSONAL EFFECT with Ashton Kutcher and Michelle Pfeiffer. She also stars opposite Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly in the upcoming THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.
Bates additional film credits also includes FRED CLAUS, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, FAILURE TO LAUNCH, LITTLE BLACK BOOK, DRAGONFLY, AMERICAN OUTLAWS, THE WATERBOY, THE WAR AT HOME, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, A HOME OF OUR OWN, PRELUDE TO A KISS, SHADOWS AND FOG, “AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD, DICK TRACY, MEN DON’T LEAVE, COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, STRAIGHT TIME and TAKING OFF.
On the small screen, Bates won Golden Globe® and SAG Awards and earned an Emmy® Award nomination for her portrayal of Helen Kushnick in the HBO film THE LATE SHIFT. Her television honors also include her performance as Miss Hannigan in the musical ANNIE; the telefilm MY SISTER’S KEEPER; and four Emmy® Award nominations for her work on the projects 3rd Rock From The Sun, Six Feet Under, Warm Springs, and Ambulance Girl, which she also directed.
Also honored for her work behind the camera as a director, Bates work on the A&E telefilm “DASH AND LILLY,” starring Sam Shepard and Judy Davis, earned 9 Emmy® nominations. She has also directed five episodes of the acclaimed HBO series “Six Feet Under,” the pilot for “Fargo” and episodes of such acclaimed series as “OZ,” “NYPD Blue” and “Homicide: Life On The Street.”
Bates first rose to national prominence starring on Broadway in such productions as Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Night Mother” and the original off-Broadway production of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune.”
Actress and political activist ALFRE WOODARD (Alice) is a versatile and highly respected award-winning artist whose recent credits include the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS co-starring Sissy Spacek, a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in New Line’s TAKE THE LEAD, and the role of Betty Applewhite on the ABC drama “Desperate Housewives.”
Additional credits include the film SOMETHING NEW, the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of THE WATER IS WIDE, the films BEAUTY SHOP, THE FORGOTTEN, RADIO, THE CORE, THE SINGING DETECTIVE, K-PAX, Showtime’s HOLIDAY HEART (for which she was nominated for a 2000 Best Actress Golden Globe® Award), LOVE ‘N BASKETBALL, DOWN IN THE DELTA, WHAT’S COOKING, MUMFORD, HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, CROOKLYN, the USA Cable telefilm THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, STAR TREK:  FIRST CONTACT, the thriller PRIMAL and NBC-TV’s adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s GULLIVER’S TRAVELS. 
Her starring film projects include the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of August Wilson’s play THE PIANO LESSON, which earned her a Best Actress Award from the Screen Actors Guild and an Emmy® Award nomination.  In 1984 Woodard was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Martin Ritt’s CROSS CREEK.  Other starring credits include John Sayles’ PASSION FISH, Morgan Freeman’s South African drama BOPHA! also starring Danny Glover, Bruce Beresford’s RICH IN LOVE, William Freidkin’s BLUE CHIPS and Ron Underwood’s comedy HEART AND SOULS.  Her additional film credits include Lawrence Kasdan’s GRAND CANYON, the comedy SCROOGED, MISS FIRECRACKER opposite Holly Hunter and Robert Altman’s HEALTH.  She made her motion picture debut in Alan Rudolph’s REMEMBER MY NAME.  Woodard has also lent her voice to animation projects including portraying the cheetah mother in Paramount/Nickelodeon’s feature THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE as well as the character Plio in the summer blockbuster DINOSAUR. 
A four-time Emmy® Award winner, Woodard was first honored for her performance in the acclaimed NBC series HILL STREET BLUES.  She won her second Emmy® Award for her portrayal of a rape victim on the pilot for L.A. LAW.  The same year she was nominated for her role in the John Sayles’ telefilm, UNNATURAL CAUSES.  Woodard earned her third Emmy® for Best Actress in a television mini-series or movie in HBO’s MISS EVER’S BOYS (for which she also received a Golden Globe® Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a cable Ace Award).  Most recently, Woodard received an Emmy® in 2003 for her guest starring role on THE PRACTICE.  Previous nominations include “Words By Heart” and “St. Elsewhere.” She was also honored for A MOTHER’S COURAGE:  THE MARY THOMAS STORY and as Winnie Mandela in the HBO presentation MANDELA, starring Danny Glover.
Her stage credits include Broadway’s “Drowning Crow,” David Hare’s “Map Of The World” and the 1989 “A Winter’s Tale.” She also starred in A Christmas Carol, Leander Stillwell, Horatio, Edward Bond’s “Saved,” “Me and Bessie,” “Act and Split Second,” and she has also appeared in the long running Los Angeles production of “Love Letters” and produced “East Texas Hot Links.”  Woodard’s upcoming credits include BURY ME STANDING, directed by Caran Hartsfield.
SANAA LATHAN (Andrea) is a Tony Award® nominated actress with a striking presence and undeniable energy.  Lathan’s recent film credits include the romantic comedy SOMETHING NEW, in which she starred as a successful businesswoman, determined to find the perfect mate, who winds up in a passionate romance with the man whom she least expects.  Lathan received a NAACP nomination for Best Actress for her role.
Lathan also costarred on the critically acclaimed FX Network series “Nip/Tuck” as the owner of McNamara/Troy and love interest to Dr. Troy. She received a NAACP nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role on the show.  She also recently reprised her role Tony®-nominated role as ‘Beneatha Younger’ in ABC’s “A Raisin in the Sun” opposite Sean Puffy Combs.
Her additional credits include a starring role in the action blockbuster ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, the romantic comedy BROWN SUGAR, and the critically acclaimed LOVE AND BASKETBALL, for which she won a BET Award and an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress.  Lathan also starred in THE BEST MAN, one of the top ten highest grossing African-American films in history, Carl Franklin’s crime thriller OUT OF TIME, BROWN SUGAR and MTV/Paramount’s THE WOOD.
Her television credits include a series regular role on NBC’s “Lateline” with Al Franken, a CBS original movie MIRACLE IN THE WOODS with Della Reese and the HBO film DISAPPEARING ACTS. 
Lathan is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and has performed on-stage in numerous regional and off-Broadway productions including: “Por’ knockers,” “A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White,” “Measure for Measure,” “To Take Arms,” and the New York West Side theatre production of Eve Ensler’s acclaimed “The Vagina Monologues.”
ROCKMOND DUNBAR (Chris) is a captivating actor with a notable on-screen presence. Some of Dunbar’s upcoming feature credits include the Indie films SUPERMARKET, and DIRTY LAUNDRY (produced by Codeblack Entertainment) which was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Best Independent Film and a 2008 GLAAD Media Award for Best Film in Limited Release.
Dunbar has also guest starred on the award winning hit television series, “Grey’s Anatomy,” the CBS drama “Shark,” TNT’s “Heartland,” and for two seasons as the tough, mysterious inmate C-Note on the Fox drama series, “Prison Break,” which received the 2006 People’s Choice Award for Best New Drama Series.
Named one of "Television's 50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" by TV Guide, Dunbar is best known for his leading role as “Kenny Chadway,” the hard-working family man and entrepreneur on the long-running, critically-acclaimed Showtime drama series “Soul Food” which won multiple NAACP Image Award’s for Outstanding Drama Series. Dunbar is a true renaissance man, from his provocative mixed-media exhibit, “Artherapy," to his powerfully unforgettable guest appearance in Dylan McDermott’s directing debut of “The Practice.”
Additional television credits include: Steven Spielberg’s “Earth 2 strapped,” “Good News” and over nine guest starring roles on such shows as “Felicity,” “The Contender,” “Two Guys and A Girl”, “G. vs. E.,” “North Shore” and the UPN series “Girlfriends.”
Dunbar has also had lead roles in the films, MISERY LOVES COMPANY, SICK PUPPIES, WHODUNIT, ALL ABOUT YOU, and LOVE THE WAY and KISS KISS, BANG BANG with Robert Downey Jr.
Also a writer, producer and director, he recently produced an independent film titled JADA and also completed a script for a television drama series entitled “Solitar,” which he is expected to executive produce. He also directed and produced a short film for Showtime entitled THE GREAT COMMISSION.
KADEE STICKAND (Jillian) currently stars as Dr. Charlotte King, the chief of staff at on the ABC medical drama “Private Practice,” the new series from executive producer and creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Shonda Rhimes.
Strickland's film credits include Ridley Scott’s AMERICAN GANSTER, THE FLOCK, a thriller with Richard Gere and Claire Danes; WALKER PAYNE, FEVER PITCH, directed by the Farrelly Brothers and starring Drew Barrymore; the hit horror film THE GRUDGE, Woody Allen's ANYTHING ELSE, ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID, SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE, and THE STEPFORD WIVES.
Her additional television credits include a starring role on the David E. Kelley series, “The Wedding Bells,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
While studying at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Strickland was cast in the fit film THE SIXTH SENSE and the Indie darling GIRL INTERRUPTED. After graduating with her Fine Arts degree, Strickland moved to New York and continued her studies with master teacher Maggie Flanagan at the Maggie Flanagan Studio. In 2006, the University honored Strickland with the Outstanding Alumni Award. In New York, she appeared in the off-Broadway productions of “A Requiem for Things Past,” “Near Tragedy” and in John Patrick Shanley's “Women of Manhattan.”
COLE HAUSER (William) recently starred in Fox television’s crime drama “K-Ville” opposite Anthony Anderson. His upcoming FILM credits Include: TORTURED with Laurence Fishburne and LIKE DANDELION DUST with Barry Pepper & Mira Sorvino.
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