Paula Jai Parker has been cast for a role on the Showtime drama series, Ray Donovan. Parker will play Sylvie, a lounge singer at Buffalo Bill’s Casino in Primm, NV. Liev Schreiber stars in the title role as L.A.’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away.

Parker made her film debut in the F. Gary Gray cult comedy Friday.  Throughout the 90’s she starred in supporting roles in a number of films such as Tales from the Hood, Spike Lee’s Million Man March drama Get on the Bus, Sprung, Woo alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Why Do Fools Fall in Love and more.  In the early 2000’s she played a supporting role in the Spike Lee comedy-drama She Hate Me alongside Kerry Washington, appeared in the biographical film Ray, and also starred in the independent drama Hustle & Flow.  Parker had a recurring role in the HBO series True Blood during the final season in 2014, and then went on to star as one of the five leads on the TV One reality series, Hollywood Divas.  In 2015, Parker was cast in the recurring roles on the Amazon drama Hand of God, and the Freeform series, Recovery Road

In an interview with Essence, Parker stated that after achieving success throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, she was then “blackballed” by Hollywood after starring in the film Idlewild.  Her passion and love for acting allowed her to continue pushing forward by starting her career over and working on independent films making less than $100 a day.

Hollywood is a tough industry to navigate as a young woman….I think people like to look at the smoke and mirrors of Hollywood and create their own fantasy about who we are and how we did it, and how it goes down. But real life isn’t always that glamorous.” – Paula Jai Parker

We are looking forward to seeing Parker on a major cable network drama such as Ray Donovan!



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