BET’s “Sistas” & “Zatima” Star Devale Ellis is hands down one of our favorite actors in the business right now and we’re in love with his friendship with co-star Crystal Hayslett!
Crystal joined the show as a main character later than Devale and her character Fatima quickly formed a bond with Devale’s character Zac.
The two now have their own show which is gearing up to begin production on Season 3!
We recently found an interview Devale did with The List and he talked about the first time he met Crystal and we had to share the nice words.
“Well, I remember the first day I met Crystal. She was working as the head costume designer for “Sistas” on Season 1 and she was also a recurring character. We talked a little bit about her wanting to act and getting into acting and things of that nature, but it was never really explained to us in Season 2, that we were going to be crossing paths as love interests. We were supposed to go and film in March of 2020, and then the pandemic happens. They closed all of our productions, but we already had the scripts. I’m going over the scripts and … I meet Fatima. I’m like, “How does Zac end up meeting Fatima? How did Tyler come up with this?” Crystal and I had a ton of time to actually work on character development because the production got pushed back two months.
As we got the scripts, she was living in Atlanta at the time, I was in LA, [and] we would Zoom every day for about two hours. We would go over every single scene. For that day, say we go over five scenes. We go over every single scene, every nuance, we would build out a story as to why we would respond. These are typically the things that you don’t get a chance to do when you don’t have that much time for a TV show. I feel like her putting in the work and me putting in the work developed into a great chemistry that people get a chance to see on television every week. It was really a divine intervention, it was God’s plan.”
Absolutely love these two!
“Sistas” follows a group of single Black females navigating their “complicated love life,” careers, and friendship through the ups and downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals. Tyler Perry takes viewers on an exhilarating ride of emotions and gut-busting predicaments that will test the ladies’ long-standing friendship. This band of women, intertwined with their newfound relationships, must navigate this new-age dating scene as they continue to search for love in their 30s. “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” airs Wednesdays at 9 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.
Tyler Perry Studios continue to reign across platforms, with “Sistas” claiming the top spot as the #1 series with Black viewers L+3 currently airing on cable.* BET grew its “Sistas” audience versus L+SD double-digits +26%. The network also scored viewership lifts with the cable airing of BET+ original series “Tyler Perry’s Zatima” and “First Wives Club” +8% and +13%, respectively. Executive produced, directed, and written by Tyler Perry, the beloved series features the talented ensemble cast, KJ Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian, Novi Brown, Crystal Renee’ Hayslett, Devale Ellis, Chido Nwokocha, Anthony Dalton II, Brian Jordan Jr., Kevin A. Walton, and Trinity Whiteside.
The BET Media Group, a unit of Paramount (NASDAQ: PARAA; PARA; PARAP), is the world’s largest media company dedicated to entertaining, engaging, and empowering the Black community and championing Black culture. Connecting Black audiences through a portfolio of brands including BET, BET+, BET Gospel, BET HER, BET International, BET Jams, BET Soul, BET Studios, and VH1, the BET Media Group is a thriving media ecosystem of leading interconnected platforms across cable TV, streaming, digital, studios, live events and international.
Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright, and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space and an expansive backlot.