Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes (born May 17, 1976) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as April Malloy on ABC drama series Mistresses (2013-16). Aytes also starred in the auto-biography story film of TLC titled CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story as Perri "Pebbles" Reid, short-lived series Drive and The Forgotten (2009–10), as well as Criminal Minds and Work It. In film, Aytes has appeared in White Chicks, Madea's Family Reunion and Trick 'r Treat. Aytes also had a recurring role as Agent Greer, an ex-CIA officer, on the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0. [2] She is currently performing in Season 2 of USA’s The Purge

Rochelle Aytes
Rochelle Aytes interviewed about The Forgotten by Real TV Films.
Born (1976-05-17) May 17, 1976[1]
EducationFiorello H. LaGuardia High School
State University of New York at Purchase
OccupationActress, model
Years active2000–present
CJ Lindsey (m. 2016)

Early life

Aytes was born in Harlem, New York,[3] and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from State University of New York at Purchase college.[4][5] She began her career as model and has appeared in commercials for McDonald's, L'Oreal, Coca-Cola and Mercedes-Benz.[5]


Aytes made her film debut in the 2004 comedy White Chicks, as Denise Porter.[6] She is also known for playing Lisa Breaux in Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, where Aytes plays a woman who is caught in a relationship in which her fiancé (Blair Underwood) beats and threatens her.[7] In 2006, she played Nicole Jamieson in the test pilot episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She also provides the voice for Rochelle in Left 4 Dead 2. In 2007, Aytes guest starred in the Fox series Bones as Felicia Saroyan, the sister of Lab Supervisor, Cam. She starred in the independent film Trick 'r Treat She played role Leigh Barnthouse in the 2007 Fox series Drive. She also played Tara Kole in the TV show NCIS from CBS. Aytes also appeared in the TNT drama series Dark Blue in 2010.

Aytes was a regular cast member in the ABC drama series The Forgotten from 2009 to 2010, playing Detective Grace Russell who teams up with a volunteer group, including former Chicago police detective, Christian Slater, to solve cases of missing or unidentified homicide victims.[8] From 2010 to 2011, she had a recurring role in the ABC series Detroit 1-8-7 as prosecutor Alice Williams, until her character was murdered in the episode "Key to the City", which aired on January 11, 2011.[9] In 2011, Aytes guest starred in three episodes as Amber James, the former girlfriend of Keith Watson, in the seventh season of ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives.[9] She is represented by Ryan Daly of Zero Gravity Management.[10][11] She also starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Work It in 2012.[12]

In 2012, Aytes was cast as one of the four leads, along with Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim and Jes Macallan, in the ABC drama series Mistresses about the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit and complex relationships.[13][14] The series premiered on June 3, 2013. Aytes played the role of Perri "Pebbles" Reid in the 2013 biographical film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story about the R&B and hip hop musical trio TLC.[15][16] In 2013, she also began appearing as Savannah Hayes, Shemar Moore' character, Derek Morgan's girlfriend on the CBS series, Criminal Minds.

Personal life

In July 2015, Aytes became engaged to her boyfriend, CJ Lindsey.[17] The couple married on August 28, 2016.[18]

Aytes has partnered with DonorSee, a charitable giving platform that allows donations directly to specific needs, and provides raw video of how the money changed someone's life. Aytes has supported building a well in rural Malawi.[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 White Chicks Denise Porter
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Lisa
2007 Trick 'r Treat Maria
2011 The Inheritance Lily
2014 The Butterfly Chasers Diana Lee
2015 My Favorite Five Hailey Colburn
2020 Magic Camp Zoe Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Outer Limits Breanna Episode: "Abduction"
2003 Sex and the City Hostess Episode: "Great Sexpectations"
2005 Jonny Zero Keisha Episode: "I Did It All for the Nooky"
2005 My Wife and Kids Nurse Episode: "The 'V' Story"
2006 13 Graves Karen TV pilot
2006 ER Tamara Episode: "Split Decisions"
2006 CSI: NY Sienna Episode: "Stuck on You"
2006 Half & Half Yolanda Episode: "The Big Who You Gonna Call Episode"
2007 Day Break Woman on Plane Episode: "What If He's Free?"
2007 Drive Leigh Bartnhouse Series regular, 7 episodes
2007 Las Vegas Carley Episode: "When Life Gives You Lemon Bars"
2007 Bones Felicia Saroyan Episode: "Intern in the Incinerator"
2008 Dirt Jasmine Ford Episodes: "Ties That (Don't) Bind" and "And the Winner Is"
2008 Shark Karla Ballantine Episode: "Leaving Las Vegas"
2009 Mistresses Ava TV pilot
2009 NCIS Tara Kole Episode: "Knockout"
2009–10 The Forgotten Grace Russell Main role; 17 episodes
2010 Dark Blue Eva Episodes: "Shell Game" and "Home Sweet Home"
2010–11 Detroit 1-8-7 Alice Williams Recurring role; 5 episodes
2011 Desperate Housewives Amber James Recurring role; 3 episodes
2011 White Collar Isabelle Wilson Episode: "As You Were"
2012 Work It Vanessa Main role; 13 episodes
2013 CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Perri "Pebbles" Reid Television film
2013–2016 Mistresses April Malloy Series Regular; 52 episodes
2013–2016 Criminal Minds Savannah Morgan Recurring role; 10 episodes
2017 Designated Survivor Senator Cowling Recurring role; several episodes
2018–2019 Hawaii Five-0 Agent Greer Recurring role; 4 episodes
2019 S.W.A.T. Nichelle Episode: "Track"
2019 Heartstrings TBA Episode: "Cracker Jack"[21]

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Rochelle Voice
2013 Resident Evil 6 Rochelle


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  3. Twitter-Rochelle Aytes
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  7. Saucedo, Robert (January 14, 2011). "Madea's Family Reunion – Blu-ray Review". Inside Puls. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  8. Hale, Mike (September 22, 2009). "Amateur Detectives Meet Unidentified Victims". The New York Times. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
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  11. Andreeva, Nellie (January 14, 2011). "Hollywood Agency Comings And Goings..." Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  12. "Work It canceled | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  13. Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2012). "ABC Series 'Mistresses' Casts 2 Leads". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  14. Hibberd, James (April 16, 2013). "Alyssa Milano's new soap 'Mistresses' gets a poster". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  15. "Carl Payne Cast As 'L.A.' Reid & Rochelle Aytes Will Play Pebbles In VH1's TLC Biopic|Shadow and Act". Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  16. "Rochelle Aytes Talks 'Mistresses,' & TLC Biopic, ' Crazy, Sexy, Cool'". 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  17. "Rochelle Aytes Engaged". 18 July 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  18. "Rochelle Aytes Married". 28 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  19. Rochelle S. Aytes [@rochelleaytes] (2 June 2017). "Hey guys! So, I have teamed with a startup called @DonorSee that allows you to give directly to specific (cont)" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  21. Iannucci, Rebecca (February 11, 2019). "Sarah Shahi, Scandal's Bellamy Young, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology". TVLine.
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