Rochelle Aytes is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as April Malloy on ABC drama series Mistresses (2013–16) and as the voice of Rochelle in the critically acclaimed video game Left 4 Dead 2 (2009). Aytes also starred in the auto-biography story film of TLC titled CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story as Perri "Pebbles" Reid, short-lived series Drive and The Forgotten (2009–10), as well as Criminal Minds and Work It. In film, Aytes has appeared in White Chicks, Madea's Family Reunion and Trick 'r Treat. Aytes also had a recurring role as Agent Greer, an ex-CIA officer, on the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0.[1]

Rochelle Aytes
Rochelle Aytes interviewed about The Forgotten by Real TV Films.
Born
New York City, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
EducationState University of New York, Purchase (BFA)
Occupation(s)Actress, model
Years active1999–present
Spouse
CJ Lindsey
(m. 2016)

Early life and education edit

Aytes was born in Harlem, New York City,[2] and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from State University of New York at Purchase college.[3][4] She began her career as model and has appeared in commercials for McDonald's, L'Oreal, Coca-Cola and Mercedes-Benz.[4]

Career edit

Aytes made her film debut in the 2004 comedy White Chicks, as Denise Porter.[5] She is also known for playing Lisa Breaux in Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, where Aytes plays a woman who is caught in a relationship in which her fiancé (Blair Underwood) beats and threatens her.[6] In 2006, she played Nicole Jamieson in the test pilot episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She also provides the voice for Rochelle in Left 4 Dead 2. In 2007, Aytes guest starred in the Fox series Bones as Felicia Saroyan, the sister of Lab Supervisor, Cam. She starred in the independent film Trick 'r Treat She played role Leigh Barnthouse in the 2007 Fox series Drive. She also played Tara Kole in the TV show NCIS from CBS. Aytes also appeared in the TNT drama series Dark Blue in 2010.

Aytes was a regular cast member in the ABC drama series The Forgotten from 2009 to 2010, playing Detective Grace Russell who teams up with a volunteer group, including former Chicago police detective, Christian Slater, to solve cases of missing or unidentified homicide victims.[7] From 2010 to 2011, she had a recurring role in the ABC series Detroit 1-8-7 as prosecutor Alice Williams, until her character was murdered in the episode "Key to the City", which aired on January 11, 2011.[8] In 2011, Aytes guest starred in three episodes as Amber James, the former girlfriend of Keith Watson, in the seventh season of ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives.[8] She is represented by Ryan Daly of Zero Gravity Management.[9][10] She also starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Work It in 2012.[11]

In 2012, Aytes was cast as one of the four leads, along with Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim and Jes Macallan, in the ABC drama series Mistresses about the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships.[12][13] The series premiered on June 3, 2013. Aytes played the role of Perri "Pebbles" Reid in the 2013 biographical film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story about the R&B and hip hop musical trio TLC.[14][15] In 2013, she also began appearing as Savannah Hayes, the girlfriend of Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) on the CBS series Criminal Minds. When Moore moved to S.W.A.T., her character was written out. However, Aytes was then cast as his character Hondo's girlfriend Nichelle on S.W.A.T. as well, starting in season 3.[16]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1999 A Hot Dog Program Customer
2004 White Chicks Denise Porter
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Lisa
13 Graves Karen Television film
2007 Trick 'r Treat Maria
2011 The Inheritance Lily
2013 CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Perri "Pebbles" Reid Television film
Stupid Hype Tina Television film
2015 My Favorite Five Hailey Colburn
2017 Doomsday Elle Television film
2020 Magic Camp Zoe Moses
A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado Erin Television film
2021 Redemption in Cherry Springs Melanie Abrams Television film
The Men in My Life Tish Helms

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Sex and the City Hostess Episode: "Great Sexpectations"
2005 Jonny Zero Keisha Episode: "I Did It All for the Nooky"
My Wife and Kids Nurse Episode: "The 'V' Story"
2006 ER Tamara Episode: "Split Decisions"
CSI: NY Sienna Episode: "Stuck on You"
Half & Half Yolanda Episode: "The Big Who You Gonna Call Episode"
2007 Day Break Woman on Plane Episode: "What If He's Free?"
Las Vegas Carley Episode: "When Life Gives You Lemon Bars"
Bones Felicia Saroyan Episode: "Intern in the Incinerator"
Drive Leigh Bartnhouse Main cast
2008 Dirt Jasmine Ford Recurring cast (season 2)
Shark Karla Ballantine Episode: "Leaving Las Vegas"
2009 NCIS Tara Kole Episode: "Knockout"
2009–10 The Forgotten Grace Russell Main cast
2010 Dark Blue Eva 2 episodes
2010–11 Detroit 1-8-7 Alice Williams Recurring cast
2011 Desperate Housewives Amber James Recurring cast (season 7)
White Collar Isabelle Wilson Episode: "As You Were"
2012 Work It Vanessa Warner Main cast
2013–16 Criminal Minds Savannah Morgan Recurring cast (seasons 9-11)
Mistresses April Malloy Main cast
2017–18 Designated Survivor Senator Cowling Recurring cast (season 2)
2018–19 Hawaii Five-0 Agent Greer Recurring cast (season 9)
2019 Heartstrings Scarlett Episode: "Cracker Jack"[17]
The Purge Michelle Moore Recurring cast (season 2)
2019– S.W.A.T. Nichelle Carmichael Recurring cast (seasons 3-5), main cast (season 6)
2022 Monarch Mackenzie Recurring cast

Video games edit

Year Title Role
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Rochelle
2013 Resident Evil 6 Rochelle

References edit

  1. ^ "Rochelle Aytes will recur in 'Hawaii Five-0' Season 9 as McGarrett's ex-girlfriend". Newsweek. 23 August 2018.
  2. ^ Twitter-Rochelle Aytes
  3. ^ Star Pulse. "Rochelle Aytes Biography". Star Pulse. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Rochelle Aytes Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  5. ^ Meye, George (June 23, 2004). "Lame comedy, bad makeup make this a real stinker flick". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  6. ^ Saucedo, Robert (January 14, 2011). "Madea's Family Reunion – Blu-ray Review". Inside Puls. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  7. ^ Hale, Mike (September 22, 2009). "Amateur Detectives Meet Unidentified Victims". The New York Times. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "'Desperate Housewives' 7.13 Preview: Meet Keith's Ex". Ace's Showbiz. January 10, 2011. Archived from the original on January 22, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (January 13, 2011). "Ryan Daly Leaves Agenting for Zero Gravity Management". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 14, 2011). "Hollywood Agency Comings And Goings..." Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  11. ^ "Work It canceled | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2012). "ABC Series 'Mistresses' Casts 2 Leads". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  13. ^ Hibberd, James (April 16, 2013). "Alyssa Milano's new soap 'Mistresses' gets a poster". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "Carl Payne Cast As 'L.A.' Reid & Rochelle Aytes Will Play Pebbles In VH1's TLC Biopic". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 2021-11-20.
  15. ^ "Rochelle Aytes Talks 'Mistresses,' & TLC Biopic, ' Crazy, Sexy, Cool'". HuffPost. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2021-11-20.
  16. ^ "Rochelle Aytes On Reuniting With Shemar Moore On 'S.W.A.T.': "I Was Just So Excited To Be Working With Him Again"". CBS. 2019-11-21. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
  17. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (February 11, 2019). "Sarah Shahi, Scandal's Bellamy Young, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology". TVLine.

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