“Single Ladies” newcomer, Denise Vasi, has her fans to thank for helping her land the role of Raquel on the hit VH1 series.
Denise was familiar with the show, but she credits her social media followers for alerting her when it was announced that Stacey Dash would be leaving and producers would be creating a new character.
“When Stacey decided to leave the show, I found out via Twitter. Fans of mine from ‘All My Children’ started tweeting me. So, I called my manager and I said, ‘Hey, there’s this show on VH1. Apparently an actress is leaving. So, let’s just keep an eye open, or let’s set up some meetings and be proactive about it,’” she recalled.
Denise’s agent took over from there, and the rest, as they say, is history.
While some question why the series creators decided to introduce a new character instead of allowing Denise to take over the role of Val, Denise agrees with that decision.
“I think it was a very smart move for our head writer to make that decision. No one really likes change, and I get it. Fans are still in love with Val. I think Stacey did a great job with the character. People tend to be fearful of anything different. In order to open up their idea of meeting someone new, bringing a new character was smarter,” she told Sister 2 Sister.
As far as how her co-stars felt about the new addition, Denise said she fit in perfectly.
“People were open to the new girl. Everyone was just genuinely nice. I was really excited to be a part of something that was put together so well,” she said.
See photos of Denise, LisaRaye McCoy and the entire season 2 cast.
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—Tracy L. Scott