Sheryl Lee Ralph has joined the cast of Claws Season 2.
At the center of Claws is salon owner Desna (played by Niecy Nash), who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother, Dean (played by Harold Perrineau). Desna’s staff includes best friend Jennifer (Jenn Lyon), a tenuously sober ex-party girl raising two children from previous relationships; Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes), Desna’s enigmatic driver who also provides security for the salon; Polly (Carrie Preston), a mild-mannered preppy who recently served time in prison for identity theft; and Virginia (Karrueche Tran), who makes no effort to hide her boredom and impatience with her job. Adding chaos to the Nail Artisan mix is Roller (Jack Kesy), a gangstered-out redneck who runs a barely legal pain clinic and uses Desna’s nail salon to launder their obscene profits; Bryce (Kevin Rankin), Jennifer’s husband who is also newly sober and trying to stay legit by working as an abundance coach; and Dr. Ken Brickman (Jason Antoon), a bona fide doctor at a decidedly un-bona fide and illegal drug clinic.
Ralph will play Matilde Ruval, mother of Desna’s love interest, Gregory Ruval (Jimmy Jean-Louis)
The actress also has recurring roles on MacGyver and The Quad right now. She also just appeared in Netflix’s comedy film Step Sisters. She also starred with Tia Mowry from 2013-2015 on Nick-at-Nite’s Instant Mom.
Janine Sherman Barrois is executive producer and serves as showrunner for Claws. Will McCormack and Rashida Jones are executive producers, with the show being under their Le Train Train banner.
Deadline first reported Ralph’s casting.