A Stanford University graduate, Ryan Michelle Bathe went on to earn her MFA in acting from New York University before beginning her professional career. Most recently, Ryan completed a pilot for ABC called "Steps" and can be seen in recurring roles on the hit shows "Empire," "This Is Us" and the upcoming series "The Rookie." Her numerous other TV credits include "Good Fences," "ER," "Medium," "Brother to Brother," "Boston Legal," "Trauma," "Retired at 35" along with film roles in "One for the Money" and "Leaving Barstow," for which she received critical acclaim on the festival circuit. In addition to her on-screen appearances, Ryan has performed on stage in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and "Much Ado About Nothing" at Guthrie Theater and The Old Globe Theatre. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet and critically acclaimed actor are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the number one album in the country with "The Light of the Sun," performing at the White House, being named People Magazine's Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on "VH1 Divas" alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons The Roots, Will Smith and Common in the late 90s. In 2000, she released her much anticipated debut record "Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1," a double platinum album that earned Jill several Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. Two more critically acclaimed albums followed, "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2" and "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3," which garnered two more Grammy Awards and spawned multiple worldwide tours.
Never limited to music, Jill is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Jill starred in "Get on Up: A James Brown Biopic" as DeeDee, the wife of James Brown. She also starred alongside Tyler Perry and Janet Jackson in the number one national movie series "Why Did I Get Married?" and "Why Did I Get Married Too?" as well as "Baggage Claim," "Steel Magnolias" and "Sins of the Mother," which aired on Lifetime and became the second most watched premiere in the network's history. Jill was cast as the lead character in the HBO/BBC mini-series, filmed on location in Botswana, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," a Peabody Award-winning show directed by the late Oscar Award-winning director Anthony Minghella.
A consummate writer at heart, she penned "The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours," a book of poems that instantly became a New York Times best-seller. Scott also developed an intimates line for Ashley Stewart and founded the Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)(3) foundation that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support minority students pursuing college degrees.
Jill released her highly anticipated fifth studio album "Woman" on July 24, 2015, which opened on the music charts at number one, giving her her second consecutive number one album. In January of 2017, Jill's brand expanded into stationery and released an exclusive "Jill Scott" greeting card collection in partnership with Hallmark Mahogany. Jill received a 2017 Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional R & B Performance category for her single "Can't Wait."
Born in New Jersey to Caribbean parents, actress/comedian Michelle Buteau brings her unique perspective and big personality to the stage and screen. Michelle's television credits include "The Tick" on Amazon, "Broad City" and "Key and Peele" on Comedy Central and "Enlisted" on FOX. She has had a stand-up special on Comedy Central as well as an album called "Shut Up," which was released on their label. Recently, she was a featured comedian on the "2 Dope Queens" special for HBO and is currently producing and hosting "Late Night Whenever," a talk show podcast for WNYC. Her latest special was just released on Netflix as part of "The Comedy Lineup" series. She most recently wrapped an Ali Wong-Randall Park movie and will next be shooting the "Tales of the City" series, both of which will be released on Netflix.
About First Wives Club
In this series adapted by Tracy Oliver, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott, and Michelle Buteau star as jilted women who are still determined to live their best lives.