If Tyler Perry is known for one thing, it’s discovering new talents, Showcasing them to the world, and Making their dreams come true;having given so much opportunity to black talents in Hollywood and now a new Diva emerges, in the Person of Melissa Williams.
Her first acting gig was Officer Jane in the 2011 short film, All the King’s Horses. Her first televised speaking role was on BET’s The Game, a role she landed shortly after moving to L.A.
If you’ve been following Tyler Perry’s The Oval on BET(a political drama that explores the lives and secrets of what goes on in the white house) then she may need no introduction, she plays both Denise and Ruth, twin characters with different personalities and traits.
While Denise is the ambitious mistress of the President, Ruth on the other hand plays the character of a misguided woman who joins deadly cult(Rakadush)and puts her life and that of her daughter in jeopardy, unfortunately both character met their sad demise towards the mid finale of the show, which gave birth to Ruthless, a spin off ( one could say prequel) which explores the life of Ruth and the deadly activities of the cult.
The show exposes some unhealthy,unorthodox, fetish rituals and domestic/sexual abuse by a deceptive false prophet known as “The highest” played by the super talented Matt Cedeno (Devious maids,Power, Ambitions) who they believe to be their powerful leader, until helps comes to liberate and free the captives.
Unlike your usual soap Opera drama Tyler Perry’s show, Ruthless carries a groundbreaking satirical Statement,with themes of freedom, liberation, misguided loyalty. It highlights what we see in our everyday society and turn a blind eye to; false prophets taking advantage of the ignorance of people who are lost and desperately need of something to believe in.
Melissa Williams of course gave a top notch performance in bringing this character to life, showing both vulnerability and strength in the character Ruth it was no surprise there, that the Oklahoma native actress gave such a phenomenal performance, having shown us a super threat performance on The Oval.
The show which has already premiered three episodes on BETplus also Stars Yvonne Senat Jones as Tally Davis also from the Oval, Anthony Bless(Sistas), Blue Kimble (Being Mary jane) and Stephanie Charles amongst others..