From 2003-2006, she even had her own sitcom titled, Eve. Now, the 41-year-old is revealing why the series was abruptly canceled.
Inside Eve’s career
Eve has had a multifaceted career. The Philadelphia native stepped onto the scene after rapper Mase, discovered her when she was working as an exotic dancer. He convinced her to stop stripping.
In 1999, her debut album, Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders’ First Lady debuted. From there she continued making music, appearing in movies like XXX and the Barbershop films and her own sitcom, Eve.
For Eve, starring in a sitcom was a highlight of her career. On an episode of TV One’s Uncensored, she explained,
Having my own sitcom was everything. It was pressure. It was fun. It was stressful. It was amazing. I was the youngest at the time of the cast and a lot of them were just getting married or just buying their first house or like just having babies. I was still going to the club trying to get to set at like 9:00 a.m., like trying to get to a table read, which was… don’t do that ever. It took me a minute to figure out that rhythm because I’d always been on tour all my life pretty much up until that point. When the show ended, it was definitely heartbreaking because at that time we had done three seasons and we were family at this point.
‘Eve’ premiered on UPN in 2003
Following the success of Brandy on Moesha, UPN approached Eve about her own series. Set in Miami, the series followed Shelly Williams (Eve), a fashion designer who had her career in the bag but really struggled when it came to romance.
For much of the series, Shelly is in an on-again, off-again relationship with her physical therapist J.T. Hunter (Jason George). Both Shelly and J.T. often sought out their friends for advice on the opposite sex, love, and relationships. Shelly often reached out to former model Rita Lefleur (Ali Landry) and married friend Janie Eggins (Natalie Desselle-Reid). Meanwhile, J.T. often reached out to, his best friends, nightclub manager Donovan Brink (Sean Maguire), an IRS worker Nick Dalaney (Brian Hooks).
Though the show was popular among young Black women it never garnered a huge audience in its three-season run.
This why Eve didn’t realize the significance of having her own show
Many people assumed that Eve was just a casualty of UPN’s 2006 merger with The WB which birthed The CW. However, there is a bigger story according to the rapper.
Eve revealed that she had no idea that it was such a major deal for a Black woman to have her on TV show.
I do believe a lot of it had to do with the fact that I was trying to kind of straddle both sides of my life. Like still trying to hold on to kind of hanging out. And I was late a lot. That’s not cool. You know, I do think a lot of it has to do with my actions at that time. And I do think about it sometimes. When I look back on it, I don’t believe in regrets, but that is one time in my life where I feel like I wish I would have taken it a little more seriously than I did.
Thankfully, the cancelation of Eve did not hurt her career.