Meet Ryan Michelle Bathe: Wife, Mother and Leading Lady of First Wives Club

Allow us to introduce you to Ryan Michelle Bathe.

She’s a mother of two precious boys, a wife to one of Hollywood’s finest (a man who is apparently committed to making us all cry), a daughter, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (oo-oop!), and the list goes on and on. But what you might not have known—y’all, she can act a role DOWN. After watching First Wives Club, which is now streaming on BET+, you will read this blog and say, “Where’s the lie?”


In First Wives Club, Bathe (pronounced Bath-aye) plays a super-smart, ambitious type-A attorney named Ari—the rock of her crew, in tandem with Michelle Buteau and Jill Scott.

“When we meet [Ari], she’s going through a crisis of her own. But [there’s] a little bit more simmering under the surface than the other two,” Bathe told The Root. Ari (also a mother of two) sacrifices her career as a high-powered attorney to support her husband’s political campaign.


Sacrifice is a common theme of women—whether or not they are fictional. The actor says balancing a career in Hollywood, two kids and a husband is no joke.

“Somebody ‘special’ came up with this idea of balance,” the Stanford and NYU alum quipped. “Girl, no!”

Ryan Michelle Bathe is her name, and while you might have caught her on Boston Legal, Army Wives, or This is Us—never have you seen her quite like this. Promise.

See the entire video above.

Afro-Cuban woman that was born and branded in New York. When León isn't actually creating cool videos, she's thinking of cool videos that she can create.

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