Lynn Whitfield is best known for her roles in films such as Eve’s Bayou and The Cheetah Girls, as well as her portrayal of Lady Mae in the OWN drama Greenleaf. In a new interview with TVLine, Whitfield discussed Lady Mae and the potential spinoff that could revolve around her breakout character.
When asked about Greenleaf creator Craig Wright’s plans to create a Lady Mae spinoff, Whitfield said she hasn’t read any scripts. “Well, he’s working,” she said. “I’ve not read anything, but I know that he’s been working on it, and you know how brilliant he is.”
Wright first disclosed plans of a potential Lady Mae spinoff to TVLine last year.
“I think Lady Mae’s new role as pastor of this church or another church is definitely going to be tentpole of whatever we do next,” he told the publication. “When I saw her [preaching], it made me even more excited about the spinoff, because when you hear Lady Mae talking about how to love the past enough to let it go and how to look for the future, it’s just so exciting to me to do another chapter in the story.”
Whitfield further disclosed her excitement at where Lady Mae’s journey takes her. “I think it would be fun to see where she lands,” Whitfield said of her character.
Her Greenleaf co-star Merle Dandridge spoke to S&A last year and hinted at where she thinks the spinoff could go.
“There are a lot of stories being tossed around about how we’re going to frame it and what it’s going to look like,” she said. “But, we have the same team on board, and I just think it will be a very welcome return to the Greenleaf world. Possibly in a different framework. But it will be nice to see some of those characters again, and I think we all feel like it just went too soon, and we miss it.