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Rapper Eve Lands the Lead Role Starring in ABC's Music Drama 'Queen' — Here Are the Details

Cathrine Mabvudza
Feb 22, 2021
11:50 A.M.

Rapper and actress Eve is making her way back to the small screen. She recently landed a lead role in ABC's musical drama, "Queen," where she will portray a role very similar to her real life.

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It's been almost 15 years since hip-hop rapper and actress Eve Jihan Jeffers graced the small screen on her eponymous UPN sitcom which ran from 2003 to 2006.

However, a new ABC drama has lured the talented actress back to the sitcom world. Variety reported that Jeffers had landed a lead role in the pilot, "Queens," about four former rap group members who reunite in the hopes of regaining their 90's fame.

Eve Jeffers Cooper at On The Record Speakeasy and Club at Park MGM on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

Eve Jeffers Cooper at On The Record Speakeasy and Club at Park MGM on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

Jeffers will portray Brianna, a happily married mother of five who, in her prime, went by the stage name "Professor Sex," rapping about sex, money, and glamour as one-fourth of the legendary '90s hip-hop group.

The show picks up 20 years after the group disbanded and the four women went their separate ways. Now out of touch with their music careers behind them, the women are presented with a chance to reunite and ignite their former glory.

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This role is close to home for Jeffers, who enjoyed fame and fortune in the 90s and early 2000s as one of hip-hop's leading female rappers and a member of the Bronx-based label, Ruff Ryders.

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During the time, the rapper released one chart-topping hit after another and earned worldwide recognition and a Grammy award in 2002 for her single "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," featuring Gwen Stefani.

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Just like the character she will portray in "Queens," Jeffers' time in the limelight came to an end, and by the later 2000s, she was no longer a household name in the rap community, and her sitcom, "Eve" had been canceled.

The "Gangsta Lovin" rapper admitted that the show's cancellation was partly due to her own irresponsible behavior as a young artist trying to balance work with a life of partying.

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Not only did Jeffers' work suffer on the small screen, but her music career also received a blow when her 2013 album, "Lip Lock," tanked, forcing her to retreat and map out her career going forward.

The "Who's That Girl" rapper returned to television as a co-host on the Emmy award-winning daytime talk show, "The Talk," from 2017 until she left in 2020 to spend time with her husband and expand her family.

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Jeffers married British billionaire entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper in 2014 after three years of long-distance dating. She moved to the UK and became a stepmom to his four children.

The "Barbershop" actress welcomed her new role as a wife and stepmom in a new country. However, she admitted to The Guardian that the couple initially went through growing pains before settling into a perfect rhythm.

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