May 30th, 2011
05:40 PM ET
One thing you need to know about LisaRaye McCoy: She keeps it real.
Whether it's discussing the break-up of her marriage to the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, her desire to find a man of means or even the rumored beef on the set of her new show "Single Ladies" with co-star Stacey Dash, the actress doesn't hold back.
For example, she has no problem admitting that producers wanted a younger face when casting her character Keisha Green on the new VH1 romantic comedy series.
"My friend, Stacy A. Littlejohn, wrote the character with me in mind," McCoy said. "When she sold it and partnered up with VH1 and Queen Latifah's production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, they wanted a younger demographic." That is, until producers took a meeting with the stunning 40-something McCoy.
The actress added that she's passionate about the character and the show, which she says is a mix of "Sex in the City" and "Girlfriends."
"It's full of drama and comedy and yet it's so real," she said. "When you have a series that is going up against reality television, which is taking over now, you want to have something fresh enough that will capture people's attention."
On that level McCoy is competing with herself, as she also recently launched the second season of her TV One reality show "LisaRaye: The Real McCoy." Viewers get to see her be very open about her relationship with her 21-year-old daughter, Kai, and her quest to find a man of means following the break-up of her marriage.
McCoy said her fans expect such honesty from her, even when it comes to uncomfortable situations like a rumored fight with "Single Ladies" co-star Stacey Dash, perhaps best known for a starring role in the 1995 film "Clueless."
"I normally don't like to address rumors, but I think it was so unfair to both of us the way they took that story and dragged it out," McCoy said. "There was no physical altercation or some beef that people were trying to fabricate. It was us being together for the last 4 or 5 months filming every day for 15 to 16 hours a day."
McCoy goes on, "When you have creative differences with someone, some words might flow back and forth but that doesn't mean we carried it on to the next day...When we read the blogs, it became something else and we laughed at it at first. Stacey and I have known each other since before 'Single Ladies' and we worked together before so at the end of the day we have moved on and know that we've made a wonderful product."
"Single Ladies" premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on VH1.
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