Meet Lady Mae Greenleaf

Season 1
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On OWN’s new megachurch drama Greenleaf, Lynn Whitfield plays Lady Mae Greenleaf, the wife of Bishop James Greenleaf, the leader of Greenleaf World Ministries in Memphis, Tennessee.

Lady Mae is as much a believe in God as she is the family business. “She is also a real believer in the power of controlling a family business, which that happens to be a church,” Lynn says. “She also brings to the family and to the church a kind of grace, elegance and no messin’ around attitude all in one.”

Ultimately, Lynn says, she has a deep appreciation of this character. “I find her to be a very interesting layered character, flawed, with many great qualities,” Lynn says. “Just a real challenge and joy to play because we are presenting a woman who has good traits and who has problems.”

Tune in for the two-night season premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and Wednesday, June 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 10 p.m. ET/PT. The remaining episodes will air regularly on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.