Who is actress Rochelle Aytes from A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado? The new Hallmark production premiered on Tuesday and has got viewers feeling a little bit like Christmas already.
As the holiday season draws closer, viewers are making their way through all the new Christmas movies and TV shows – and between December nostalgia and being cooped up at home under widespread lock-downs, it’s easy to see why.
Who is Rochelle Aytes?
Rochelle Aytes is an actress and model who was born in Harlem, New York City on 17 May 1976.
She went to LaGuardia high school and then studied dance for her bachelor’s degree, graduating in 1998 from SUNY Purchase College.
At the beginning of her career, Aytes did a lot of modelling work, mainly starring in commercials. Her first film role was in the 2004 film White Chicks, alongside Terry Crews and Shawn and Marlon Wayans.
Rochelle married CJ Lindsey, a fellow actor, on 28 August 2016. The couple both starred in the ABC show Mistresses, which ran between 2013 – 2016.
Where else have we seen Rochelle Aytes?
Rochelle has starred in many TV shows and films, such as S.W.A.T, Hawaii Five-0, The Purge (TV Series), Criminal Minds, Madea’s Family Reunion, the video game Left 4 Dead 2, and the aforementioned role in White Chicks. Talk about an impressive resume!
Coming up this year she is starring in the indie film Miss Havisham Effect. Aytes plays a struggling actress in LA who must deal with the issues of her past in order to move forwards. She also has to look after her father who is struggling with a crack addiction.
Rochelle’s character in A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado
Aytes plays Erin in the Hallmark Christmas movie, a community development director living and working in Brooklyn. She is tasked with finding the perfect Christmas tree for the festivities this year, in order to boost tourism in the area through a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Erin finds the perfect tree on the front yard of firefighter Kevin (played by Mark Taylor), who lives with his adopted daughter, Claire (played by Grace Sunar). However, Kevin is quite reluctant to part with the tree and Erin must spend time trying to convince him. She may or may not win over his heart, too, in the process. We’re not giving away any spoilers!
Aytes told MediaVillage: “I remember reading the script and being taken to another space in my head. These characters were so happy, accepted — and building snowmen!”
Aytes also mentioned that what drew her to the project was the diversity and inclusion of the film: “For people to get to see themselves — to feel seen, heard and validated — is so important.”