Monet Bell (“Married At First Sight“ ) is no stranger to love. After just five short weeks, she ended her marriage to Vaughn Copeland, a man who she thought was her soul mate.
The newly single reality star is taking a journey with four women in FYI’s new series “#BlackLove.” The show’s stars will follow the guidance of two relationship experts: certified dating coach and author, Damona Hoffman, and psychotherapist and author, Jack A. Daniels.
Read what Bell has to say.
What made you feel comfortable doing the show?
Knowing that I would be sharing this experience with a group of women who to some degree were in the same situation as myself made me feel comfortable. I really find therapy to be beneficial. I advocate for the benefits of therapy. Also, knowing there would be a male psychotherapist on the panel made me excited. I felt like that would balance all the women out and put some things in much needed prospective.
Name two of your favorite Hollywood icons and why you appreciate their body of work.
Jada Pinkett Smith is a woman who champions for other women. I appreciate her owning her power and her craft. I think she is an amazing business woman and extremely talented. She has not allowed anyone to define who she is as a black woman. I admire that about her, because I want to be known for being my own woman. Good, bad, or indifferent, I am who I am. She is my mentor in my head.
Mara Brock Akil: I love the programming that she puts out. I appreciate her consideration and detail that’s put into the content of her programs. She hits the issues and topics that resonate with me. I would love to brunch with her.
What did you learn about yourself while working on the project?
The most important thing I learned was to just share all of who I am as a person. That I am enough; I am not too much. I also learned that I truly want a gentleman as a partner, and how to make space for a man to display those characteristics.
Describe how you have grown in understanding working with the television production.
This is my fourth show on FYI. I understand that sharing my life on tv subjects me to public opinion. I have to accept all of it, as the end goal is that other women will grow with me and learn from my mistakes. Social media has humbled me in ways I never imagined. It has also made me very confident and strong. Television has given me an outlet to share what my romantic struggles have been. I have lessons and tips which I want nothing more than to share with other women.
Finish the sentence.
My character shows emotions like …
Fear, happiness, hope, empathy, compassion.
Being filmed allowed me to …
Touch other women with my story. I hope that watching my growth will help others. My goal is to promote self acceptance and self worth in women. I want women to be ok with who they are. I’m tired of this idea that women have to change everything about ourselves for a man. What if we like who we are, and maybe we just haven’t met the right man yet. I’m all for self improvement, as long as we don’t lose ourselves in the process.
My favorite part about this project is …
Meeting men from different walks of life. I am really intrigued by meeting new people. This process really helped me narrow down what I want in a partner.
If I could have a dinner party with Hollywood icons and invite five iconic living women I would invite …
Jada Pinkett Smith, Ellen Degeneres, Taraji P Henson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Shonda Rhimes, and if I could sneak an additional person in it would be Serena Williams.
My three favorite books …
One Drop by Bliss Broyard, Behold a Pale Horse by Milton William Cooper, and Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. (Also, I secretly read trashy romance novels.)
Sister is …
Love is …
“#BlackLove” is set for premiere at 10:15 PM ET Tuesday, December 8 on FYI.