Recall back in December we announced Naturi Naughton, whose last stint on the TV screen was in the NBC short-lived The Playboy Club, is slated to co-star in the upcoming Lifetime "dark" dramedy series The Client List, headlined by Jennifer Love-Hewitt. Naughton will also reunite with veteran actress and her Lottery Ticket co-star Loretta Devine.
In Client List, Naughton plays Kendra, who Naughton describes as a “young very optimistic sometimes naïve girl from Beaumont, Texas.” She's a "masseuse" at a Sugarland, TX spa called "The Rub". Devine plays Georgia, the owner of "The Rub" and a mother figure to the girls at the spa.
In a recent interview, Naughton talks more about her character and show's themes. Naturi says that although the show is a drama and will go to the "dark side," it will still be lighthearted, fun, and for "many different people." She says her character Brenda "gets a chance to be quirky and totally different; Kendra is full of energy, she’s a nervous wreck whenever something is going wrong but she’s extremely positive.”
So how will audiences connect to a show about a high end prostitution establishment and the morality issue? Naturi says, “I think the ‘relatability’ of how these woman I trying to make it on their own and trying to find themselves and their own value is something that people can connect to and relate to; just trying to find your way in life, and I think a lot of people are struggling with that especially with the economy.”
Naturi did state that the show will test the moral compasses' of the characters' choices in their predicaments. However, she hopes audiences will see “the connection to the fact that everyone is struggling [with] financial issues … [and] may be put in some very challenging decisions and [have] to make difficult choices.”
Naughton added, “It’s going to basically showcase that everyone I think has a dark side….[and]…. there’s always something one can be ashamed of, and you can’t just put it all on the girls at The Rub.”
I wonder how many, especially our dear readers :), will embrace the show. The subject matter, mixed in with the fact that two African American women play significant roles in the sex work industry, may spark much polarizing debate.
I'm actually very curious to see it; it may be one of the very few TV shows I'll get to watch regularly. The Client List begins this Sunday, April 8th at 10/9pm Central on the Lifetime network.