They say April showers bring May flowers, but this year, they brought murder and intrigue -- if you tune in to Amazon's upcoming series, Ladies of the Lake, that is.
The dramatic and downright scandalous mini-series co-produced by Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady Black, Days of our Lives) and Emmy-winning producer Michael Caruso, and based on the book of the same name written by DAYS' executive producer, Ken Corday, debuts on Monday, May 15. And series star Marie Wilson (ex-Meg Snyder, As the World Turns; ex-Summer Townsend, Days of our Lives) is thrilled the murder-filled project is finally coming to fans.
"I'm so excited to share this with everyone," she enthuses. "We had such a great time shooting this because there are scenes that are funny and dramatic and romantic. It's a fun ride that I feel everyone will enjoy."
Anyone who has read Corday's book of the same name knows that the four-part miniseries is chock-full of delicious drama that feels as if it could have been pulled from your favorite soap operas. After all, it's about four wealthy women who fantasize about killing their spouses -- and just may go through with their devilish plans.
"Even though the story is a little over the top, I think the core of these characters are relatable to any human being who feels fear, love, anger, pride, lust, or courage. At the center of all of us, we are the same -- making choices based on our feelings," Wilson explains, adding that her character, Morgan Firestone, couldn't help but be swept up in the murderous plot. "Morgan comes from the competitive 'pageant world' where friends are not easy to come by until one night when her whole world changes."
She continues: "All the characters in the story are so colorful and fun to play. I've never played a character like Morgan before, which made it even more enticing. She has a certain image to uphold, which makes her seem cold and standoffish, but there are layers to characters like that that intrigue me. There are so many sides to everyone, and I love playing detective and discovering and creating their story."
Of course, the real draw for Wilson was the incredible cast and crew who signed on to Ladies of the Lake.
"I enjoyed the script, and I wanted to work with all the people involved on the project: Ken Corday, Michael and Barbi Caruso, [Michael's wife]. Every single person on the set made the entire experience a dream job," she says, adding that her costars Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer Rappaport, One Life to Live), Ari Zucker (Nicole Walker, DAYS), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily Corinthos, General Hospital), and Martha Madison (ex-Belle Black, DAYS) were also amazing.
"I can't say enough great words about these girls," she gushes. "They were one of the reasons I wanted to work on this project. They are all talented, generous actors, and to have the opportunity to act with them, for me, was an honor. I looked forward to being on set every day, working as a team to create something magical. Love them!"
However, because she's just as much into fashion as the next Hollywood star, Wilson admits that the dazzling look and feel of Ladies of the Lake was also something that intrigued her -- as it's bound to do for fans, as well.
"I felt so glamorous every day, especially when I showed up in the morning in my jeans and T-shirt look, and then the talented hair and makeup artists transformed you into this diva. How fun!" she says of dressing for the part of Morgan each day. "The thought and details that were put into every character was so well done. It's a major part of their world, and it was portrayed perfectly."
For more Ladies of the Lake fun, be sure to tune in to the series when it premieres on Amazon on Monday, May 15. Anyone can watch the series for free on Amazon, and Amazon Prime members will be able to watch without ads. If you are not an Amazon Prime member, click here for a free 30-day trial.
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