Eva Marcille Talks Playing a Boss on Tyler Perry Strip Club Drama ‘All The Queen’s Men’

Eva Marcille has no regrets about leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta because she’s focused on taking her acting career to the next level.

Marcille will next star on Tyler Perry’s strip club drama All The Queen’s Men as madam Marilyn Deville.

“She’s a completely different woman. She’s a boss. She is a pioneer. She is building an empire in the city of Atlanta, where men are usually on top, but in this town they are at my feet. I love it,” Marcille said in the press room at Sunday’s BET Awards.

As previously reported, the series centers on the world of male exotic dancers and is based on the book “Ladies Night” by Christian Keyes. The drama premieres on the BET+ streaming service in the fall.

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Marcille broke into the entertainment industry after winning the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model in 2004. She returned to reality TV on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2018. The model, actress and entrepreneur announced she was leaving RHOA in 2020, after two seasons on the Bravo series.

The Los Angeles native told reporters in the press room she doesn’t consider herself a reality star.

“I was on a competition based show, which was Top Model, so I’m not like a reality star in terms of where I make my money. Being in this business for, now 19 years, I can say 98 percent of my money comes from TV and film,” she said. “Reality wasn’t really my world. I did enjoy my little time on Housewives. I was able to have a baby and kind of transition into Atlanta life as a new mom there, but I’m excited about All the Queen’s Men.”

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The additional cast on the series includes Skyh Alvester Black as AMP Addiction Anthony; Racquel Palmer as Blue; Candace Maxwell plays DJ Dime; Raquel Palmer as Blue; Michael Bolwaire as Doc; Keith Swift as Babyface; Dion Rome as El Fuego; Jeremy Williams as Midnight; and Christian Keyes as The Concierge.

The 10-episode drama is one of the first shows from Tyler Perry Studios’ scripted development arm Pitch Black Development.

Michelle Sneed and Christian Keyes are executive producers. Elon D. Johnson serves as co-executive producer for Tyler Perry Studios. Kim Fields Morgan directed the first four episodes and is also a consulting producer.

BET+ previously announced the series would debut this summer, but the show has now shifted to a Sept. 9 premiere. Watch the trailer below.