‘Desperate Widows’ Full Cast List: Meet Justine Eyre, Allison McAtee and rest of the actors from Lifetime's thriller drama

A mother discovers a black market human trafficking racket by the corrupt owner of a grief counselling group for widows


                            ‘Desperate Widows’ Full Cast List: Meet Justine Eyre, Allison McAtee and rest of the actors from Lifetime's thriller drama
Justine Eyre, Allison McAtee and Olivia Stuck feature in the thriller drama film 'Desperate Widows' (Lifetime)

When Paige's husband dies, leaving her with her teenage daughter Allie, the family of two is burdened with grief. Paige sees a psychiatrist, who tells her about a support group of similarly aggrieved widows, begging her to go "at least once". She meets Dianne, who heads the grief counseling group at "The Farm", her own "community collective", and Paige is convinced to go over with Allie and spend three months at the retreat. Thus, begins the unwilling discovery of a black market human trafficking ring by the 'Mommune's corrupt owner, and Paige must fight to keep herself and her daughter from becoming its next victims."

Here's all you need to know about the cast of the new Lifetime thriller drama written, directed and produced by the Emmy-award-winning Lane Shefter Bishop.

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Justine Eyre as Paige in 'Desperate Widows' (Lifetime)

Justine Eyre

Justine Eyre is a Canadian multilingual actor who plays the role of Paige, a novelist and the newest mother to join the "Mommune". She has narrated well over 400 audiobooks and been honored to receive a coveted Audie Award and multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in TV series like 'Sheena', 'Ocean Ave.' and 'Las Vegas'. She played Rocci di Persia in 'Mad Men', Gabrielle in 'Two and a Half Men', and Janice Potter in 'CSI: Miami'. 

Eyre was born in Nova Scotia yet spent most of her childhood in the Philippines, educated in British schools, while her Kiwi father was an attorney for the Asian Bank. Apart from acting, she records audiobooks and is listed as a narrator on Penguin Randomhouse Audio Publishing. She has narrated the bestseller 'The Historian'. She's the writer of a novel and is equally comfortable wielding knitting needles, or a sidearm at the local shooting gallery. 



 

Allison McAtee

Allison McAtee plays the role of the ruthless head of the Mommune, Dianne. After a Broadway career, she broke into television garnishing small roles on 'Rescue Me' opposite Dennis Leary and 'Stella' with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. She starred as Tanya Jackson in Lifetime's 'Deadly Mile High Club'.

McAtee starred opposite Michael Madsen and Dennis Hopper in Quentin Tarantino's 'Hell Ride' in 2008. That same year she starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow in Jon Favreau's 'Iron Man'. In 2010, she featured in the coming-of-age indie drama 'Bloomington'. The film is now regarded as a cult film. Then, came a recurring role starring opposite David Duchovny on Showtime's 'Californication' proceeded by a series regular role opposite John Schneider and Tika Sumpter on Tyler Perry's 'The Haves and the Have Nots' on OWN.



 

Olivia Stuck

Olivia Stuck plays the role of Paige's daughter Allie. The 21-year-old actor from Toledo, Ohio is known for nown for portraying Dawn Buckets on the Disney XD series 'Kirby Buckets' (2014) and Missy Bradford in an episode of 'Girl Meets World' (2014). In 2015, she appeared alongside Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier in the high school comedy/drama film 'The Outfield'. 

She has also starred in 'The Jadagrace Show' and has guest-starred in 'Good Luck Charlie' and 'CSI: NY'. She had a small role in the feature film Last Vegas, starring Morgan Freeman.

Jake B. Miller as Jon in 'Desperate Widows' (Lifetime)

Jake B. Miller

Jake B. Miller plays the role of Jon, or Greyson, the farm 'handyman' who hasn't spoken a word since his wife died. The actor, producer, writer. from Decatur, Alabama has a fraternal twin brother.

In 2013, Miller booked his first small role as Charles Gates on 'Criminal Minds'. He created his own content in the form of short films and web series, then landed a guest star appearance as Spence on 'Longmire' in 2015. Shortly afterward, he appeared as a recurring character Dax Daley in 'Fear the Walking Dead'. That momentum carried onward into roles on several more television series, including 'Shut Eye', 'NCIS' and 'Narcos'.



 

Kate Bond

Kate Bond plays the role of Tessa, the mother of Allie's roommate Sam. Bond landed her first on-screen role opposite Tim Roth on Fox's hour-long drama 'Lie To Me'. She went on to work with Jim Caviezel on CBS' 'Person of Interest', and with Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne in the HBO film 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'. She served as executive-produced and starred as Liv in the award-winning web series 'Cam Girls' and had her writing published in 'Playboy'. In 2017, she began a recurring role as Jill Morgan on CBS' 'MacGyver'.

Bond's talents are not restricted to acting. She has a passion for politics and served as a field organizer on Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, and as GOTV director on Representative Ami Bera's first congressional campaign.

Elyssa Joy as Samantha in 'Desperate Widows' (Lifetime)

Elyssa Joy

Elyssa Joy plays the role of Allie's roommate Samantha. She is an actor, known for 'Hawaii Five-0' (2010) and the upcoming 'Sound of Violence' (2021).

She is a TikTok star who, best known for her lifestyle, lip-sync, and dog-related video clip content. She has a popular Instagram account with more lifestyle, fashion, and travel content. She got engaged to pop singer and fellow TikTok star Jon Klaasen in June 2020. The couple got married the following month. 'Mommune' (as 'Desperate Widows' was called originally) is her first feature-length film. 

Geri-Nikole Love as Kianna in 'Desperate Widows' (Lifetime)

 

Geri-Nikole Love

Geri-Nikole Love plays Dianne's right-hand woman Kianna. 

The actor became a co-founder of The Movement Theatre Company, and has performed in various plays like 'Carlisle: A Different Three Sisters' (La Mama) and 'Black Boy & the War' (Harlem School of the Arts). She appeared on The Biography Channel's 'Celebrity Ghost Stories' and the Independent feature 'Purpose Built'. She has starred as Agent Diaz in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', Detective Watkins in 'The Young and the Restless', and Shanna in 'Lethal Weapon'. Her other roles include in series like 'Westworld', 'Redrum', 'Livin' the Dream' and 'NCIS'.

'Desperate Widows' also co-stars Aylya Marzolf, Mark Valeriano, Tabitha Petrini, Sarah J. Cornelius, Michael Dean, Bill Dion and Bret Shefter. The film premieres on Lifetime Channel on March 7, at 8 pm.

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