Character Guides Meet the Cast of OWN's Ready to Love

Meet the Cast of OWN’s Ready to Love

The following is a cast guide for the OWN program Ready To Love and their status throughout the series (with spoilers).

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Tommy Miles As The Host

Who Is Tommy?

Tommy telling the cast his purpose.
Tommy: I’ll be here to guide you through, give you some advice.

Tommy is a small part who plays a big role. He’s the one who facilitates the decision of who is and won’t be continuing on the show. Plus, he offers a little bit of commentary on what’s going on.


London

London walking through the city.

41-year-old London is a sales manager for the mid-south area who comes from a line of football players, his dad playing for the Baltimore Colts for example. His preference is athletic women who want kids.

Additional Information About London

  • He is from Houston, Texas
  • Can cook
  • His parents divorced when he was 7 and moved to California with his mom and got into a bit of trouble. Leading to, about 8 years later, him moving to Houston to live with his dad and become the man we see on camera.
  • London’s longest relationship is 8 years.
  • Considers himself to have three personalities ranging from Mr. Dunlap, London, and D-Lab.

How Do Things End For Them?

London ends up with Devyne.

Darin

Darrin with his abs out, drinking water.

35-year-old Darin is a personal trainer and fitness club owner formerly from Ohio. He is at the point of his life where he feels secure financially and professionally so he is seeking a partner who wants him, doesn’t need him.

Additional Information About Darrin

  • His ex proposed to him in an attempt to get him to stay in Ohio and fit the lifestyle she wanted.
  • He is a strong believer in the zodiac and identifies with his sign – Capricorn.
  • Has two labrador dogs that have been in his life for 7 years.
  • His ex is named Courtney and while broken up, she is still very much part of his life and he is  thinking about starting a business with her.
  • 1.8: Reveals his father cheated on his mother

How Do Things End For Them?

Darrin ends up with Ashima.

Chimuka (Chika)

Chimuka (Chika) striking a hard pose.

A 42-year-old barber by trade who now works from home and is seeking a woman that compliments. He has, thus far, had three relationships and the last one lasted two years and the one before 10. It isn’t clear how long the first one lasted but he notes the two-year relationship failed due to him not speaking up.

Additional Information About Chimuka (Chika)

  • Has a mutual friend which connects him with Devyne.

Eliminated Episode 3

How Do Things End For Them?

From what it seems, Chika remains single.

Alexis

Alexis with a morning look.

33-year-old Alexis has worked in the software sales industry for 10 years and her longest relationship was 6 years. She prides herself in being a no bulls*** alpha woman who would like to find someone who being submissive around makes her comfortable.

Additional Information About Alexis

  • Notes she loves competition.
  • Says, as of episode 1, she was single for two years
  • Is from Kansas City.
  • When she was younger she got bullied, fought a lot, and was in and out of juvenile detention facilities.
  • Wants to go to South Africa, and have 3 kids.
  • Grew up an only child.
  • Her last relationship was a year and a half and ended due to her partner, at the time, losing their mother and on top of the issues they already had, it was too much of a strain on the relationship.

How Do Things End For Them?

She is still dating Brent, but they aren’t using titles yet.

Devyne

Devyne in a little Black dress.

44-year-old Devyne is a director of sales, who also does real estate, and doesn’t really approach guys. Which sucks for her since, in Atlanta, she feels men are spoiled and expect women to take on that traditional role of being the pursuers.

As for what she is looking for? Muscles, abs, dimples, someone who is transparent and can laugh at themselves, and also isn’t looking to have kids.

Additional Information About Devyne

  • Her ex was 34
  • She was married for 6 years to a person she met only a month before signing papers.

How Do Things End For Them?

She is with London and considers all the Alexis drama not to matter for it came before he committed to her.

Kimber

Kimber next to a car.

34-year-old Kimber is a realtor looking to settle down. She has been done dirty in the past, but many of her exes will note she is the best they ever had – as a girlfriend. But now she is ready to not be the best ex but just someone’s current and find something real. Also, in time, have a few kids.

Additional Information About Kimber

  • Has been single 8 months and was with the last person for around 2 years before they were locked up.

Eliminated Episode 6

How Do Things End For Them?

If Nephew Tommy had his way, Jimmy may have been given another chance.

Brent

Brent on vacation.

39-year-old Brent is an entrepreneur whose focus is opening behavioral health agencies that are marketed towards assisting at-risk youth. His signature is his grey hair, which he acquired at 13, and he considers himself an aggressive dater. It’s just, as a boyfriend, it seems he hasn’t often made himself available.

Additional Information About Brent

  • Raised by a single mom.
  • Was formerly married to someone he had a verbally abusive relationship with.
  • His marriage lasted 4 years and both of his parents have been divorced twice.
  • Does martial arts in his spare time.

How Do Things End For Them?

He is dating Alexis.

Tondy

Tondy looking over her shoulder.

The 42-year-old singer originally from Detroit, Michigan puts it out there she is like Miss Parker, from The Parkers, of her neighborhood. She also makes it know she likes tall men who are slinging and isn’t afraid to compete to get her someone who fits her preference.

Additional Information About Tondy

  • She has a school-aged daughter.
  • Grew up a tomboy who would box and play ball.
  • Has past trauma dealing with exes trying to control her.

How Do Things End For Them?

After Mario decided to break up with her for Reva, she became single.

Jimmy

Jimmy being interviewed.

From Decatur, Georgia, the soon to be 40 real estate agent says he dates frequently and notes he is needy. Also, that he is divorced after being married for 3 years.

Additional Information About Jimmy

  • Claims he was single a year and a half in episode 1

Eliminated Episode 5

How Do Things End For Them?

Despite how toxic he may seem, he may have been given another chance with Kimber.

Nina

Nina's headshot.

The 33-year-old massage therapist has never been married and notes she spent her 20s dealing with her emotional baggage. However, now she is ready to date, find a man to have kids with, and also someone who her 7-year-old son can see join their family.

Additional Information About Nina

  • Originally from St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Has no contact with her child’s father.

Eliminated Episode 4

How Do Things End For Them?

We learn, in unseen footage, she made a connection with Terrell.

Mario

Mario in a tan suit.

The tax accountant from Jackson, Mississippi, who has his own firm now, is an adrenaline junkie with three daughters, at 25, 18, and 6, as well as a grandson. Also, in his 41 years of life, he was married for 6 of them to an alpha female. The type of woman he does not like.

Additional Information About Mario

  • Also works in real estate and is off 8 months out of the year.
  • Ex is named Latasha and broke up with him over being too controlling.

How Do Things End For Them?

He ended up with Reva days after breaking up with Tondy.

Reva

Reva taking a seat in a light colored dress.

A daughter of pastors, the Gary, Indiana native is an IT Professional who has three kids, is a veteran, divorced after being with someone for 11 years, and got pregnant from her first sexual experience.

Additional Information About Reva

  • She is 43
  • Reva is used to dating men in the military
  • Has been in ATL for 5 years and has only dated around two people in the last couple of years.
  • Enjoys going to church, shooting, and experiencing a good nut – the three most important things in her life.
  • Is a grandmother

How Do Things End For Them?

Despite Mario choosing Tondy, she ends up with him in the long run.

Kerry

Kerry striking a pose at a party.

From Pontiac, Michigan, the 51-year-old Kerry works in pharmaceutical sales for a diabetes company and has multiple failed marriages. In fact, he has been single for around 6 years. However, one of the reasons could be him being a single father who put major time and effort into his son’s rearing. Especially since Kerry grew up without a father.

Additional Information About Kerry

Eliminated Episode 7

How Do Things End For Them?

As of the reunion show, we’re left assuming he is still looking for love.

Ieashia

Ieashia in a freakum dress.

37-year-old Ieashia is a pediatric nurse who loves kids and left her former marriage after it became abusive. The situation was so dire that she took her kids to live in a shelter with her for three months. Because of this, she has a passion for volunteering, especially for the homeless, and seeks someone who likes to give back.

Additional Information About Ieashia

  • Has been divorced about 4-5 years

Eliminated Episode 4

How Do Things End For Them?

Ends up with Mike, per the reunion special part 2 and they recently got engaged.

Terrell

Terrell casually dressed in a t-shirt.

A college veteran advisor, and pastors child, Terrell, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, considers himself the bad boy who didn’t get caught. At least until he lost his virginity at 18 to a 26-year-old woman who exposed him to his momma.

Additional Information About Terrell

  • With growing up in a two-parent household, Terrell wants that for his future family.
  • Is 42 years old

Eliminated Episode 3

How Do Things End For Them?

Thanks to his kindness and a gift, it seems him and Nina may have found a relationship.

Christina

Christina looking away from the camera.

33-year-old lawyer, focusing on various fields, Christina, considers herself aggressive, ambitious, and someone who likes to party and travel. She also is a protector and likes a man who can lead when called upon.

Additional Information About Christina

  • Practices personal injury law, litigation, and more.
  • Wants two kids

Eliminated Episode 1

How Do Things End For Them?

We’re not told if Christina has found love after the show, but it is made clear she didn’t find it with anyone on it.

Angie

Angie striking a pose in a white outfit.

An author/ publisher from St. Louis, Missouri, 37-year-old Angie is looking for a handful of things from a man. Money, good sex, and someone who will treat her well. Also, they need to have something edgy to them, but a subtle, calm, edginess.

Additional Information About Angie

  • Is not religious

Eliminated Episode 2

How Do Things End For Them?

We’re not told if Nina has found love after the show, but it is made clear she didn’t find it with anyone on it.

Michael

Michael talking about himself.

40-year-old truck driver Michael is from Beaufort, Georgia and considers himself a people person. He is seeking out a woman who is put together.

Additional Information About Michael

Eliminated Episode 2

How Do Things End For Them?

Behind the scenes, we learn him and Ieashia have become a thing and they recently got engaged.

John

John's name, occupation, and age.

Digital C.O.O of World Star Hit Radio and their marketing agency counterpart John, he is from Jefferson County, Georgia and considers himself a dresser. One that could give Puff Daddy and Steve Harvey a run for their money. Also, he notes he is very spiritual and has taken a vow of celibacy until marriage. Perhaps due to dealing with a materialistic ex and wanting a woman who is down for him and not trying to collect a child support check (the last part we added in, he did not say that).

Additional Information About John

  • He is 36

Eliminated Episode 1

How Do Things End For Them?

We learn he is married, and the person he ended up marrying he knew previous to the show and getting eliminated helped him realize she was the one.

Ashima

Ashima dressed up.
Ashima

A comedian from Mobile, Alabama who has your usual dose of vulgar comedy. She is looking for a guy who will take her seriously and look beyond how funny she is and how easily they can get comfortable around her. For it appears, at the age of 39, she is too often friend-zoned and after 4 to 5 years of lacking a serious relationship, she is looking for a change.

Additional Information About Ashima

  • 1.8: Reveals she was raised by a single mom

How Do Things End For Them?

She and Darrin are going strong and she is slowly, but surely, getting used to his dogs.

Season 1 Cast Members

Alexx

Alex's name, age, and occupation.

Who Is Alexx

Alexx is 34, owns a trucking business, and he touts himself to be an everyday, average, guy. His first real connection is with Tiffany, but with multiple women interested in Alex, she may have some serious competition on her hands.

At The End Of Season 1

After realizing he can’t work things out with Tiffany, Alexx ultimately chooses Ashlee. The key thing to that decision is that she is not confrontational. Yet, with them only really starting to talk when things got bad with Tiffany, it’s hard to say if they left the honeymoon stage.


Aaron

Aaron talking about his situation.
Aaron: I’m dating for purpose. I do have a 10 year old son.

Who Is Aaron

At 34, Aaron has one 10-year-old son, and seems to want to settle down. You know, give his kid a family environment. Though, considering how Aaron is with the ladies, you may question if he is just there for some fun more than anything. Granted, his style could just be showing off his abs, getting a little touchy, and that’s what works for him. But, like with Alexx, Aaron is at the top of many a woman’s list so the competition will be fierce.

At The End Of Season 1

After “Keeping an open mind” for most of the season, Aaron ultimately realizes he isn’t probably ready to love. At least to the point of having the last woman eliminated, Angel, meet his son.


Stormy

Stormy smiling.

Who Is Stormy

Stormy is a 39-year-old, international, DJ who has tattoos, a funky style, and usually meets guys in the same environment she works in – though not while working. Her type is usually tall, dark and handsome but, in a opposites attract twist, she finds herself taken by the average height pastor, Chris.

Episode 4 Update

In episode 4, Stormy cements that idea that you can’t go by basic perception to get her. She reveals, 5 years ago, she was divorced and one of the main things which kept that marriage alive, towards the end, was her husband’s kids. She loved playing the role of stepmom and even to this day are close to those kids.

Eliminates herself Episode 9


Shanta

Shanta introducing herself.

Who Is Shanta

At 43, and an entrepreneur, the main thing established about the rarely focused Shanta, in episode 1 at least, is that she is aggressive. She has no problem going after a man and boy does she.

Eliminated Episode 5


Tiffany

Tiffany telling the audience she comes from the hood.Who Is Tiffany

The VP of Community Development, in an undisclosed company, of course, is 41 and is still relatively new to Georgia. She has only been in the state 5 years and believes this air about her, which leads to people thinking she is bougie, is because she can be a bit reserved. Why? Well, that isn’t 100% clear. What she does make clear is that she can switch up if she needs to. It is noted she grew up in the hood, used to rap a little bit, and while it isn’t clear if she can fight now, fighting over a boy did give her a scar on the right side of her face – all thanks to 133 stitches.

Episode 4 Update

A few details are added to Tiffany’s story like her main gig is working for a bank, but she has quite a bit of side hustles. Including hosting art events to allow local women to express themselves in wine and paint opportunities.

Eliminates herself Episode 9


Michael

Michael talking.

Who Is Michael

The import business owner, Michael, is a 39-year-old man who seems ready to have kids. Problem is, he might be an Ankh. For with him talking to Shea and making it sound like a woman’s purpose is bearing children, he says the type of things which starts ticking off boxes. Add in him being the type who talks as if he doesn’t know how to approach women and there could be some potentially dumb things said as the season continues.

Episode 4 Update

Arguably, Michael is simply a man who knows what he wants and doesn’t have time to figure women out. He doesn’t enjoy meeting a woman’s “Representative” or whatever false persona they put out there when meeting men. He’d rather you be upfront and honest because that is what he is. Sometimes to a fault but just like he wants to get to know the real you, warts and all, he is willing to be just as open.

At The End Of Season 1

Michael ultimately chooses Shea and with the love she has for him, she decides she is open, ready, and willing to have a child with Michael.


Chris

Chris learning he is not eliminated.

Who Is Chris

Chris is a 49-year-old pastor who was married for 15 years and has been single for 12. He tries his best to make is a point he isn’t some boring, holier than thou, type of pastor. In fact, he tries to make it seem like they, the pastor and himself, are two sides of the same person. However, the ladies are a bit mixed on the idea of becoming his First Lady in his congregation.

Eliminated Episode 2


Paco

Paco relaying how he will handle dating on the show.
Paco: Let them know who Paco is. Let them feel Paco.

Who Is Paco

A 50-year-old Market Owner, or entrepreneur, Paco has the most baggage. He’s been married twice, cheated in both marriages, and he has a bit of a verbal confrontation with Tiffany over cheating. Specifically, him taking a woman back if she cheated. Which becomes a big deal for the person he revealed his past to, Courtney, puts all his dirty out there.

Eliminated Episode 1


Melinda

Melinda smiling.

Who Is Melinda

A 45-year-old medical device salesperson, like many of the women on the show, Melinda feels like she got everything she could want but a man to share it with. Her eye specifically is on Aaron who she gets a little touchy with. Nothing sexual, just a hand on a thigh or knee. But with her just really having eyes on him, the other ladies better watch out.

Quit Episode 4


Angel

Angel smiling.

Who Is Angel

Angel is another person who kind of gets neglected in episode 1. The 35-year-old young woman, in software sales, only gets highlighted for taking note how hard it is for women to date in Atlanta. Specifically keeping themselves up and looking perfect to attract men. She’ll be one of Melinda’s competition for Aaron since he takes an interest in her.

At The End Of Season 1

After being connected to Aaron throughout the season, almost eliminated once, never really checking out the other men, Angel ultimately ends up eliminated in the finale. Though, rather than exiting as Melinda and Stormy did, she exits without being too upset and is quite understanding.


Kebba

Kebba talking about his opinions on marriage.

Who Is Kebba

After Aaron and Alexx, Kebba, 37-year-old Marketing Manager, Kebba, might be in third place. The half-Gambian man claims to have never cheated on a significant other and pushes it is because he grew up with 5 sisters as well as his mother. As for his dad’s part in this? Well, his father left the family when Kebba was 6.

Eliminated Episode 2


Dr. Lexy

Dr. Lexy side eyeing Chris.

Who Is Dr. Lexy

Honestly, that is a good damn question. Outside of knowing she is a 45-year-old insurance broker, with kids, not much is revealed about Dr. Lexy. What is she a doctor of? Your guess is as good as mine. All that is made clear is that she is extra, believes in always going the extra mile, and while she may not get much screen time in episode 1? Ha, something tells me that’ll change as the season continues.

Episode 2 Update

Dr. Lexy reveals to us that all that we see that may look like her being extra actually came from her growing up a rather shy child. However, after going into the armed forces, and finding confidence, she learned to fully embrace herself. As for her look? It comes from that being one of the ways she likes to express herself. Though, for the right man, she’ll tone it down – only a little.

Eliminated Episode 3


Ashlee

Ashlee smiling.

Who Is Ashlee

This 31-year-old speech therapist, for kids, is perhaps one of the most comical ladies on the show. With her fan, that she keeps holding out like a microphone, she presses a few men. Not in an overtly aggressive way, but definitely pushes the more quiet ones to tell her about them. As well as the other ladies she often finds herself sitting with.

Her prospect currently seems to be Devan who didn’t click with a huge amount of girls but did with her. Maybe because her brothers are similar to him or, because she works with kids, and their similar age, she just gets him. Hopefully, we’ll find out soon enough.

Episode 2 Update

With many relationship troubles in her past, what Ashlee is looking for is someone who will wholly be hers. Not someone she shares with his main check, or be the main chick who gets cheated on. Just a good man.

At The End Of Season 1

Despite learning Alexx cheated on someone, which damn near leads you to believe they’re done, with that being in the past, and him seemingly growing since then, she lets it go. Thus leading to her choosing to be with Alexx and finally letting him kiss her.


Shatava

Shatava

Who Is Shatava

Shatava is yet another woman who doesn’t get much screen time. Leading us to only know she is 35, a fashion boutique owner, and she sees this show as a straight up competition. Meaning, she will, absolutely, kick off someone else’s romantic prospect if it may threaten her meeting somebody. She does not care about any woman on that show but her.

Episode 2 Update

Shatava is the type who does a lot for others but doesn’t seem to have someone who could do the same for her – a hero, if you would. So that is what she is trying to find. Someone who doesn’t need to ask, or attempt to coerce, her making time for them. She’d rather have a guy who has his own thing, but is still the type of person who would reciprocate the investment she puts into them. Especially considering what matters it could take away from.

Eliminates herself Episode 9


Shea

Shea smiling

Who Is Shea

Print shop owner Shea is a 44-year-old woman with a son who just graduated from high school. For nearly the entire first episode, she is locked in conversation with Michael and seemingly is the one for him. She wouldn’t mind being married, the idea of having another kid isn’t ideal, but she’d do it. So it seems she is ready to ride off into the sunset. Problem is, the show doesn’t work like that and with Michael having a laser focus on her, it may get him eliminated.

Episode 6 Update

While it seemed the main reason Shea didn’t want to have another child was between her son being grown, alongside her ex not participating much in helping her, another factor is she experienced post-partum depression. Something which took her to the lowest point she has ever been in life and she doesn’t want to revisit that feeling.

At The End Of Season 1

With her mom’s approval, consistency and honesty shown throughout all the time she has known him, Shea decides to let herself fall in love with Michael. Even to the point of having a child with him.


Darnell

Darnell hyping himself up.

Who Is Darnell

The 36-year-old Darnell is probably the most timid of all the men on here. Yes, he has a job, is a commercial electrician, has all his teeth, good credit, is in good shape, but he doesn’t put himself out there. Darnell comes off as the kind of guy, call me a hypocrite for saying this, who thinks being on a dating app, just not being at home, means he is putting himself out there.

Though, he has a reason for being timid. His former fiancée cheated on him and that crushing blow led him to being single for three years. Add in he doesn’t seem as aggressive as most dudes and it already has led to some ladies not seeing him capable of being more than a friend.

Eliminated Episode 1


Devan

Devan listing his occupations.
Devan: I’m an artist and entrepreneur, and then I co-direct a platform.

Who Is Devan

Depending who you ask, 30-year-old Devan is either self-absorbed or just someone who requires you being an active participant in the conversation. For with him passionate about being an actor, model, musician, activist, and wanting to make a documentary, he will easily steamroll you. Which makes a lot of the ladies not so sure about him.

Eliminated Episode 1


Rita

Rita jealous of Mike and Shea.

Who Is Rita

Outside of learning she is a 41-year-old business development manager, I can’t tell you a thing. The first episode gives her maybe one or two scenes, and they aren’t that eventful. She just joins some of the other ladies in breaking up the cocoon Shea and Michael had going on. That’s about it.

Making it seem, if the men had ability to eliminate first, she’d probably be one of the first to go.

Episode 3 Update

In episode 3 we finally get to know something about Rita and it is that she, in her last relationship, of three years, had a side chick problem. However, because her man had a stronger sex drive, she was cool as long as said woman knew her place. But, with her wanting kids, and that guy, who she was in a on again and off again relationship with, having two and not wanting more, she dropped him. It isn’t clear if she is over him though.

Eliminated Episode 7


Christina

Christina talking.

Who Is Christina

Christina is probably only 2nd or 3rd to Ashlee in terms of getting her personality on display. The 32-year-old marketing specialist, like many of the ladies, doesn’t get a whole lot of one on one time, if any, but does keep herself from getting lost in whatever group she is sitting in. Mostly by inserting herself in conversation.

Episode 2 Update

On top of learning she and her family aren’t much for drinking, we also learn she is a bishop’s daughter.

Eliminated Episode 3


Courtney

Courtney listening to Paco talk.

Who Is Courtney

With being a flight attendant, it makes Courtney’s desire for a family, including children, a bit difficult. For despite being 36, it seems a lot of people assume she got men near every airport and that’s just not true. As for what we learn beyond her wanting kids? Just that she is able and willing to put people on blast. She pretty much is the one who likely will have Paco on the cutting block.

Quit Episode 7

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Questions, Comments, or Opposing Opinion?

  1. Just wondering if OWN TV and Will Packer Productions conducted background checks (criminal, civil) on the cast of Ready to Love. An internet search revealed one of the females has a criminal record and the occupation of one the males is questionable. Both were in the Cabin episode. Were these people properly vetted?

  2. Hello, I’d like to say I really liked the Series Ready to love watching the show really represents the reality of what it’s like to get to know someone on a different level which was real for me, I can’t wait until the next season. One more thing Arron was full of mess from the beginning I don’t know how he made it to the end.

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