*The new STARZ drama “P-Valley” takes you deep into the Mississippi Delta to show you the colorful tale of a southern-fried strip club filled with big personalities.
Ballers, the beautiful ones and those trapped by circumstance, all fall through “The Pynk,” filled with huge aspirations.
Described as “trap music meets film noir” the show dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawnshop.
Based on the play Pussy Valley, created by playwright Katori Hall, (The Mountaintop, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) the series stars Brandee Evans (“The Bobby Brown Story”) as Mercedes, Nicco Annan (“This is Us”) as Uncle Clifford, Shannon Thornton (“Power”) as Miss Mississippi, Elarica Johnson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Autumn Night, Skyler Joy (Ma) as Gidget, J. Alphonse Nicholson (“Chicago P.D.”) as Lil’ Murda, Parker Sawyers (Southside With You) as Andre, Harriett D. Foy (“Elementary”) as Pastor Woodbine, Tyler Lepley (“The Haves and the Have Nots”) as Diamond, and Dan J. Johnson (“Underemployed”) as Corbin.
EURweb correspondent Jill Munroe talked with Brandee about the role of “Mercedes” as real-life preacher’s daughter, the decision to take on a starring role as a stripper was one that she was concerned about how her family would feel seeing her in that role. To her surprise, her father was incredibly supportive, telling her to “go act.”
She also shared her first strip club experience with EUR. Spoiler alert, it was with Drake. As a professional dancer and choreographer, Evans has worked with notables like Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and more.
“He doesn’t even know this, mine first time in a strip club was with Drake. We were on tour with, I think Lil Wayne. We came through Memphis and we went to a strip club. I had never been to one before. Even then, I was like ‘I don’t go to no strip clubs, what are we doing?’
But then I went and I discovered that it was dope. There were couples in there. People go with their man, this is fun. That’s when I started to think, it might be a little bit different than what I had been told my whole life; That these women are just having sex and doing crazy stuff.”
She also discussed how the role has made her more confident in her body, and that she learned through portraying this character that there is so much more going on beyond the surface in the life a stripper.
Munroe also spoke with series co-stars Shannon Thornton and Skyler Joy about their roles as “Miss Mississippi” and “Gidget.”
P-Valley premiers on STARZ Sunday, July 12.