Vixen Exclusive: Jodi Lyn O’Keefe Talks ‘Hit the Floor’ and Lessons Learned from Hollywood

Jodi Lynn O'Keefe

VIBE Vixen: How do you feel about joining the cast of Hit the Floor?

Jodi: I feel really lucky, it’s been a really great experience for me. I was nervous at first because the cast has already been together for a year and they have such great camaraderie, so it’s hard to be the new guy. However, they welcomed me with open arms and made me feel comfortable immediately. Gosh, I just had such a blast with them.

How has Lionel’s addition to the cast shaken up the show?

Well, an estranged wife will shake up anything. I think it just adds a little bit more drama to Pete’s already dramatic life. There is finally a face to Lionel; we heard about her in the past now here she is in the flesh. It’s out of sight, out of mind but then all of a sudden your estranged wife shows up on your doorstep again.

She recently revealed that she wants Pete back after leaving him. Have you ever had a similar experience where you feel you made a mistake in leaving someone?

I mean, I made tons of mistakes. Who hasn’t? Yeah, it’s happened to me in the past and the things that I’ve learned is that the time to walk away is when you really want to walk away. It’s better not to play any games.

Are there any similarities between you and your character?

Well I am non-confrontational to a fault so there’s not that much similarity but it is definitely fun to walk around in her shoes because she’s okay with confrontation. She’s strutting her stuff to the world but I’m a little bit more shy than Lionel, let’s say that.

What do you think are Lionel’s best and worst personality traits?

Her best personality traits are—well, she loves her husband very deeply and I think thats one of her best personality traits. I think her worst personality trait is that she will get whatever she wants by any means necessary. She is a little ruthless [laughs].

Tell me something that we don’t know about her.

I wish I could tell you but I can’t give you any spoilers [laughs] so I think the things that you don’t know about Lionel are gonna be revealed eventually.

So we definitely have to stay tuned then.

Yes, please!