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Meet the Cast of OWN’s Ready to Love

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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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Ready To Love: Season 4/ Episode 2 "Mix-er & Mingle" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)It's mix and mingle time and, already, you seeing the usual cast members eliminated first and you counting down when others will get the boot.
Ready To Love: Season 4 (Casting Special) "Meet The Singles" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In the casting special, we meet 19 new single people living in Houston, hoping to find love, and one familiar face from a past season giving the show another go!
Ready To Love: Season 3 – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)Despite changing some aspects of the show, Ready To Love still struggles to end up with three couples and cast people who can handle what the show calls for.
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 13 "Reunion Special: Part 2" [Season Finale] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)While Ready To Love is undoubtedly entertaining, clearly, somebody needs to realize that the process doesn't work and might need to be modified or scrapped.
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 12 "Reunion Special: Part 1" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Part 1 of the Ready To Love reunion special is as messy as expected between people being pregnant, exposed, and vindicated.
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 11 "Love Is Calling" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The third season of Ready To Love ends and as Nephew Tommy warned against, it seems more people stuck around to make it to the end than to find love.
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 10 "Love and Loss" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)4 cast members leave the show for varied reasons. Can you guess who and why?
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 9 "Second Choices, Second Chances" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The fellas are challenged with getting to know their second choice better to make sure they're ready to commit to their number one, and afterwards, someone is sent home.
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 8 "Fanning The Flames Of Love" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)It is too little too late for two cast members as we exit the speed dating phase, and now the only people staying are those with at least two love interests.
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 7 "Sticky Situations" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As the show dwindles down to 6 men and 7 women, jealousy starts to arise as "The Process" creates insecurity.
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 6 "Friends with Benefits" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As the friends of the ladies come to visit, most of the men say the right thing. However, others crash, burn, and one gets eliminated.
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 5 "The Tea Is Getting Good" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Two women are eliminated, and considering the gossip circulating about who said or did what, who will end up sent home?
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 4 "Boss Moves" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The drama we see every season begins as the ladies start playing "dibs" on certain men who remind them that dating is "a process."
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 3 "Watch What You Say" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)While a few couples start to form, some of the men show their true selves, and one woman reminds you why "The Journey" and "The Process" doesn't always work.
Ready To Love: Season 3/ Episode 2 "Welcome To The Last Resort" [Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The show officially starts, and just as much as the cast hopes for love, you are allowed to hope we don't have anyone playing games this season.
Read To Love: Season 2 Review“Ready To Love” still has the issue where it seems more about people “Ready To Date” and that continues to complicate the show’s overall goal.
Ready To Love: Season 2 Episode 12 “Reunion Special Part 2” Season Finale | Recap/ ReviewThe second part to Ready To Love: Season 2’s reunion special has just as much drama, if not more, thanks to Christina asking the real questions.
Ready To Love (Season 2) Episode 11: Reunion Part 1 | Recap/ ReviewIf you thought “The Journey” was a hot mess, oh, you HAVE NOT seen trifling yet. And that includes Nephew Tommy as an instigator.
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 10 “All’s Fair In Love” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As Ready To Love comes to an end, it is time to see if the remaining four couples will publicly commit to one another or decide the other person is not the one.
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 9 “All’s Fair In Love” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As we approach the penultimate episode of the season, Alexis finds herself ruffling some feathers – for both the men and women.
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 8 “Ready To Retreat” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)While there isn’t an elimination this episode, it is becoming increasingly clear that there isn’t any real, 100% solid relationship right now.
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 7 “Meet My Ex-Girlfriend” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)Well, prep to change your endgame couples since new developments certainly shake things up.
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 6 “The Friend Patrol” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As the men meet the friends and families of the ladies, there remains the issue of none of these men enjoying an aggressive woman or being held accountable.
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 5 “Love On The Rocks” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As things come down to the final set of couples, those who haven’t found a secure match compete for what remains.
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 4 “Wet and Wild” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)As we get deeper into Ready To Love, it becomes clear people are beginning to want titles and not just attention.
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 3 “Ladies First” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)In a throwback to the first season, the women get to eliminate two guys, and with three struggling with the ladies, who is going to be kicked off?
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 2 “Let The Sparks Fly” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)We’ve come to a point where you can foresee more people who should be going home than should stay – for varying reasons.
Ready To Love: Season 2, Episode 1 “Ready, Set, Mingle” [Season Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)Ready To Love officially returns, and while we got new people searching for love, you may recognize people and problems similar to what we saw in season 1.
Ready To Love: Season 1 - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Ready To Love may have presented us with a lot of women we don't often see on TV, but it's elimination process ruined the dating aspect of the show.
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 11 [Reunion Special] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Like any reunion special, we get a few touching moments, but a large part of the special was dedicated to Aaron just being Aaron.
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 10 "Commit or Quit" [Season Finale] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The first season of Ready To Love comes to an end and, as the title of the episode notes, it has come down to committing to one person or quitting the show.
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 9 "Ultimatums" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)We end up down to three men and women this episode and only one woman leaves without frustration.
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 8 "Cabin Fever" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As things begin to come down to the wire, the women grow tired and weary of the men dating around – they want a decision made.
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 7 "Trouble In Paradise" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As the numbers dwindle, and Melinda doesn’t become the sole woman to eliminate herself, there is a need to question if anyone may find love?
Ready to Love: Season 1/ Episode 6 "Friends and Lovers" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)With a double elimination around the corner, the question isn’t so much who should stay but who should have been left – on their own accord.
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 5 "Deal Breakers" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Aaron realizes he has a problem and Alexx reveals another side to himself which makes it harder to say if these women aren’t wasting their time.
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 4 "Hot and Bothered" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Aaron reaches peak f***ery as Michael and Alexx continue to play the game because… well, it is what the show calls for.
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 3 "Then There Were Three" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 2 "First Dates" - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Ready To Love: Season 1/ Episode 1 "First Impressions" [Series Premiere] - Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Note: The casting special was the premiere for Season 3 and the season roughly took place over 10 weeks (according to Nephew Tommy in episode 11).


Khalfani, a 38 year old personal trainer.

Khalfani is a 38-year-old personal trainer and a professional bodybuilder – one that has gone so far as to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition (A competition made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger).

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Children? (3.2): Has a 12-year-old daughter
  • Love Language (3.5): Quality time
  • Family Background (3.11): His family is Ghanian
  • Final Decision (3.11): Ends up with Adriana

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Rashid smiling

The 42-year-old Rashid is a luxury car broken who has been divorced for 2 years and the marriage lasted 10 years. From that marriage, he had a 7-year-old son.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Relationship With Father (3.7): Rashid’s dad died at the age of 57, just when he finished college
  • Eliminated (3.10): Eliminated himself in episode 11

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Bryan pointing towards the camera

The 35-year-old education consultant is a single father of a 3-year-old daughter who notes he is much more about personality than he is looks.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Eliminated: Episode 8

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Joy being interviewed for Ready To Love Season 3

The relationship oriented Joy is 38, a management consultant, no kids, and likes a tall man, with nice teeth, loves the lord (naturally), and knows what he is doing.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Divorcee (Casting Special): Was married for 3 years and knew she made a mistake in week 1.
  • Friends (3.6): Has been friends with Kris since 2015
  • A Man’s Role (3.6): Doesn’t mind a house husband
  • Eliminated (3.10): Eliminated herself in episode 10 after the death of her sister.

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Adriana being interviewed for Ready To Love Season 3

This 31-year-old realtor was a cheerleader for ten years, is a hopeless romantic, but has found that finding a man that recognizes she is special, that she is the catch, not them, has been difficult.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Height (3.3): Is 5’11
  • Children (3.3): Adriana doesn’t have children, but would, in a perfect world, have three boys.
  • Racial Background (3.4): Is just Black
  • Father’s Occupation (3.11): Her dad is a therapist and a preacher
    • Family Background (3.11): Was raised in a small family
  • Final Decision (3.11): Choses Khalfani over Rashid partly based on her father saying that she and Rashid didn’t have chemistry.

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Alisha being photographed for Ready To Love Season 3

After being on and off with the father of her children for over 4 years, the 38-year-old Alisha is looking for something new. Someone who is taller than her, Black, fine, looks like he can handle himself, a beard, and someone photogenic. But, it should be known, she isn’t traditional in the sense of wanting to be domestic. Not to imply she is messy or expect him to do everything, but don’t think she is going to be a 1950s housewife.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Occupation (Casting Special): Is a clinic manager for a medical practice
  • How many kids (3.3): She has two children.
  • Eliminated (3.5): Episode 4
  • Reunion Special (3.12): Is pregnant by someone she met after leaving the show.

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Wynter during a promotional shoot

This small business consultant from Houston was married, for two and a half years, with a man she met in church. But after 3 weeks he cheated and so she is under the impression she makes bad choices when it comes to men.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Age? (Casting Special): She is 40
  • Final Decision (3.11): Despite not seeming strongly into Anthony, and more so hoping she’ll grow to love him, she chooses him as her end game pick.

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David in what looks to be a mix between his Sunday's best and brunch attire.

A self-described country boy, the 36-year-old country boy was a jock in high school, loves to ride horses, and his trouble is he loves hard and in the past was cheated on. Thus leading to some trust issues.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Occupation? (Casting Special): He is a chemical operator
  • Hometown (1.1): Is from Lufkin, Texas
  • Kids? (3.3): He doesn’t have kids.
  • Eliminated: Episode 3
  • After Show Chemistry (3.12): Is Dating Alex

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Jay smiling, with the sun in the background.

In many ways, you can see Jay, a 43-year-old real estate broker, as an old school and traditional man. Well, at least in his last marriage he tried to be. His focus was being a provider and after almost 5 years, it was realized that the marriage didn’t work. So, in order for his daughter to see the kind of relationship he grew up with, Jay filed for divorce and is now looking for love.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • How Long Has His Parents Been Married (Casting Special): 40 years
  • Eliminated (3.10): Eliminated himself in episode 10 to be with and support Joy.

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Symone striking a post during a promotional shoot.

Symone is a 37-year-old attorney, focused on injury cases, who doesn’t necessarily know how to turn off being an attorney. Mainly because being an attorney allows her to be herself, which is an aggressive Black woman. But, don’t take this as she doesn’t want to sometimes be sensitive, and with a man she feels comfortable in handling things. It’s just, finding a guy who can support and encourage her, yet also can get her to fallback has been hard.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Relationship with Father (Casting Special): Symone had a difficult relationship with her father and she credits that for the reason she was with a man for 7 years since he looked like her dad. But after some therapy with her dad, and repairing that relationship, she feels she has moved past those lingering feeling.
  • Dominican Republic (3.2): Formerly lived in the Dominican Republic and speaks Spanish
  • Parents’ Marriage (3.3): Parents have been married for 40+ years
  • Accomplishment (3.3): As a first-year attorney, an article she wrote was put into a legal magazine.
  • Eliminated: Episode 8

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Vulnerability is a luxury.
— Symone


Sam being interviewed.

After a failed engagement, and trying to make a relationship work with the mother of his second child, the 36-year-old visual artist and illustrator is back on the market and trying to find love.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Eliminated: Episode 1

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Denise smiling for a photo

A track and field coach, who went to Brown State University, and went so far as Olympic tryouts, has only had 3 serious relationships in her life. The first with a high school to college sweetheart, the second with a possessive man, and a third that went undefined. But, for the last 4 years, she has just been single since opening up has become difficult.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Age (Casting Special): Denice is 39
  • Height (3.2): Is 5’10
  • New York, New York (3.8): Went to New York when she was younger with $200, three bags, and found her way onto Essence magazine.
  • Eliminated (3.10): Eliminated herself in episode 10

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Kris (KG Smooth)

Kris being interviewed

Kris is a 42-year-old man known for his radio persona, KG Smooth, and his radio career spans 20+ years. But, he isn’t just an entertaining on the radio, he is also a social activist whose last relationship was in 2012. So he is in dire need of a woman with some melanin.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Kids (3.3): Wants 3 children
  • Eliminated (3.6)
    • Family (3.6): Has a younger brother
    • Minister Kris (3.6): Is ordained

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Dani posing for the camera

This mother of one, who is a 41-year-old project coordinator for a pipeline company, can be described as a woman who put her daughter before herself, so her focus primarily was on being a provider. However, with her daughter grown, she is back out there and while she has recently had a significant relationship, there was bad timing there so she is single once more.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Hometown (1.1): Troup, Texas
  • Eliminated: Episode 1

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Edwin with a more serious look for his photo

Edwin is a 39-year-old Iraq war veteran who loves Sex and the City, to the point it inspired the name of his business, of which he acts as a private chef.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Relationship History (Casting Special): He has had 3 serious relationships
  • Occupations (3.8): Has worked in law enforcement and was a personal trainer
  • Eliminated (3.10): Eliminated himself in episode 10.

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Shay smiling for her picture

To truly prove your past doesn’t determine your future, Shay was pregnant at 16, yet still made her way through college, raised her daughter, and at 41 is a chef and doing the damn thing. Now, as for her dating life? Well, she dates based on how someone makes her feel over looks. I mean, if the man is ugly but is fine to her, that is her ugly man.

But, one thing she doesn’t like is how dating can feel like a sport. She wants to be pursued but not feel like the whole courtship is a game.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Eliminated: Episode 4

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Nyya being interviewed for Ready To Love

Nyaa owns a salon and is in deep within the hair care industry, after starting off as a hairstylist. One of the her main goals is having a child and while she does want to be married too, having a child is priority since her biological clock is ticking and after 4 miscarriages, there is a worry her time is running out.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Childhood Dreams (Casting Special): As a child, she wanted to be a housewife
  • Started Dating (3.3): She started to date around 15.
  • Eliminated/Quit: Episode 7

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You can like what you see, but not what they say.
— Nyya (3.2)


Raymond walking towards the camera

Tank, Ginuwine, Angie Stone, those are but some of the names Raymond, a 52-year-old guitarist, and overall musician, has toured with. But while his professional life has hit some good highs, the most he has to show from his relationships are the 5 kids he has, of which he has 3 girls and two boys.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Oldest Child (3.2): Is 24
  • Abstinence (3.3): Has been practicing abstinence for over 40 days.
  • How Many Women Bore His Children? (3.3): 4
  • Eliminated: Episode 2

Quotes & Gifs

I’m not looking for love. I found love. I’m looking for someone to share love.
— Raymond


Alex in a photo from her collection

32-year-old Alex is a software specialist whose longest relationship was 3 years, and that relationship ended due to him cheating. And for the last two years she has been celibate and noted, while not waiting for marriage to end that tenure, she is looking to end it with someone she trusts and loves.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Love Inspirations (3.7): After her mom got into a nasty car accident, her father took care of her and that is the basis for what she sees love as.
  • Eliminated: Episode 9
  • After Show Chemistry (3.12): Is Dating David

Quotes & Gifs

If you can “Huh?” you can hear.
— Alex (3.6)


Anthony walking towards the camera, but not looking at it.

The former football player turned student support manager is 38.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 3
  • Football Team Played For (Casting Special): Played for the Florida Firecats.
  • Final Decision (3.11): Chooses Wynter
    • Reunion Special (3.12): He and Wynter are on a break due to having a disagreement about finances that he didn’t take well to.

Quotes & Gifs

We’re not perfect, but we are perfected.
— Anthony (3.6)

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  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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