Murder is in the House in Lifetime’s New Movie Line Sisters

Line SistersLifetime’s back with another female-focused horror movie this Saturday night! The network is really on a roll in 2022, using diverse stories, characters, and casts to tell good old-fashioned thrillers that appeal to a broad audience. This week’s genre is sorority house horror!

Line Sisters centers on a group of sorority sisters (played by LeToya Luckett, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Ta’Rhonda Jones and Drew Sidora) who reunite at a Black Greek Weekend celebration. The four share more than the bonds of sisterhood, as a mysterious death looms large in their memories. As soon as they arrive at the reunion, strange things begin to happen to each one of them, threatening to unearth a deadly secret that may tear these sisters apart.

SciFi Vision sat in on a panel discussion with the starring cast. Naturally, the conversation turned to sisterhood. While none of the actresses are in a sorority, all felt that they experienced sisterhood on set.

Kierra Sheard-Kelly told journalists that “true sisterhood is when you can sit in a circle of women who are secure within themselves but understand that we each have something different to offer so there is no need for a competition or a comparison.”

For Le’Toya Luckkett, sisterhood is “having a tribe that you can trust, having a group of women that you can be there for, be your true self, be transparent with and know that they got you, good or bad. I like showing up to be that for someone and I like knowing that I got it.”

That bond, she said, grew among the cast on set. “In the short amount of time that we were together, we were there for each other. Any time we needed each other or wanted to talk about something, I felt that I could trust them…I don't have any blood sisters; I have a blood brother, but I've been so blessed with a community of women who I know got me, front, back and side to side.”

For Ta’Rhonda Jones, who has five sisters in real life, sisterhood means being there.

“Anybody who knows me knows that I'm all about women’s empowerment, togetherness, unison,” she told journalists, “and sisterhood just simply means that unison, togetherness and just simply being there for one another.”

The cast also talked about their scariest moments on set and how they shook off a long day of shooting.  Read the transcript of the interview below (lightly edited for clarity).

Line Sisters premieres Saturday, February 12, at 8p/7c.

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Line Sisters
Le’Toya Luckkett, Drew Sidora, Ta’Rhonda Jones, and Kierra Sheard-Kelly

January 10, 2022

Line SistersMODERATOR: Thank you all for being here. Our first question is for all of you, the whole cast. What drew each of you to your roles and how did you prepare for them?

LETOYA LUCKETT: Okay, I'll go first.

DREW SIDORA: Yeah, you go first.

LETOYA LUCKETT: [laughs] I think for me it was really jumping over the hurdle of fear and doing my first horror film. [My character] Val was close to home because she had a real chill personality, very professional. She seemed to be the one that everyone’s drawn to confide in. And she just tried to take care of everyone and I kind of see that in myself sometimes, sometimes too much. But I think for me to be a part of a horror film was like, “Oh my God, I'm going to do it.” And I've always wanted to be a part of a sorority and I think this is the closest I'm going to ever get. So yeah, that's the reason why I was drawn to it.

TA’RHONDA JONES: I'm going to piggyback off of you, Toya, because I think that was the same thing for me. It was like oh, I get to be a sorority sister? Okay, cool. I'm in. And then, too, my character Simone, she was from Chicago, and it was very similar to my background. A little rough around the edges and things like that, always being reckless. So, I was like yeah, why not? Sure.

DREW SIDORA: Yeah. I think we could all say that. I think my dream of being in a sorority, I was like, oh yes, let me tap into this. And also working with African American women, that we can come together in sisterhood. I think that that's something powerful to be a part of. And you really want to showcase that. So, any time I get an opportunity to work alongside beautiful women, I definitely jumped on it. But my character Dominique, she’s a lot of fun. You know, she’s fun. She’s quirky. And she loves her palo santos, her meditation and I just felt really connected to that, her positivity and just always looking on the bright side of things. I felt like that was a place that I was in my life that I wanted to try to project in that moment. So, I gravitated to her instantly.

KIERRA SHEARD-KELLY: I second all of what they said. All of the (inaudible). I wanted to be a part of the sorority, too. Cassandra was a woman of faith and so that is what I am. I was the one that was praying the sisters through on God’s train. Because that usually is what I am doing. And I am a sister or women’s empowerment advocate so that was my thing, too. And these women are amazing, every last one of them, so I was excited to just glean from each and every one of them myself.

QUESTION: Are any of you actually part of a sorority?





TA’RHONDA JONES: Yeah, exactly.

QUESTION: Okay, so another question. During the filming process, did any of you actually get frightened for real?




DREW SIDORA: Yeah, yeah.

KIERRA SHEARD-KELLY: The water. I think all of the sisters could swim; I couldn't swim so I kept looking back at them like, “Y'all going to help me out or something?” So, I was really nervous about that. And I was actually in the process of – my grandfather was sick, and I just lost him to COVID. So, I was really drawing that passion and that fear from that space to kind of have me drop in. But that was my experience behind and in the scenes.

QUESTION: Did any of you know each other before filming or had you worked together before?

TA’RHONDA JONES: No, but it felt like it. Not for me, but it felt like. I feel like I've been knowing these girls for a long time because the chemistry was out of this world when we first linked up. So, it was amazing.

DREW SIDORA: Absolutely.

LETOYA LUCKETT: Absolutely. Kierra and I actually – my first film ever, “Preacher’s Kid,” we played somewhat like best friends. We sang in the same choir together.


LETOYA LUCKETT: So, it was so cool. And I'm a huge fan of hers. I listen to her and her worship music and all of that daily, so to be in this space with her and to share the screen with her was an honor once again.

KIERRA SHEARD-KELLY: The same. It was an honor for me, too. I’m a fan of all of the ladies and LeToya, too. But one of the cooler things was, like LeToya said, we were sisters or friends before so we were friends again. And it felt like a family reunion for me, because I also had the opportunity to work with Drew as well in a film called “Blessed and Cursed.” So it felt like a reunion. And then Ta’Rhonda just felt like the cousin that…

DREW SIDORA: You always wanted.



QUESTION: What about any of the crew or the other actors on the movie?

TA’RHONDA JONES: No. The only person I was connected to was one of the guys, one of the Lifetime execs at the time, because he was the one who actually offered me the role. But that was about it. Other than that, we didn't know anybody. But honestly, it literally felt like Kierra said, family reunion, because everybody literally just, I don't know, it was like this unison.

DREW SIDORA: Instant connection, yeah, yeah. It was.

LETOYA LUCKETT: Shout out to Swirl Films. I've worked with them several times.

DREW SIDORA: Yeah, same here. Swirl Films.

DREW SIDORA: Yeah, absolutely. They always provide a very family-oriented feel.


DREW SIDORA: So that's what I love, and I would work with them forever.


KIERRA SHEARD-KELLY: I thought it was awesome that we actually bonded as sisters. You know how when sisters know, “Okay, this sister, she [isn’t] on today so we going to leave her alone?” [laughs] We started picking up on each other’s energy.

DREW SIDORA: That is so true. Oh my God.


DREW SIDORA: That is so funny.

QUESTION: What were some of the most dramatic or intense scenes for all of you when shooting “Line Sisters?”

DREW SIDORA: For me, it was the snake. The snake. I thought they were going to have, I don't know, in my mind I thought it was going to be like a robotic prop snake.


DREW SIDORA: And when they brought that thing out, I was like, “Wait a minute!” And I had to lay next to a real snake. I've never done a horror movie so for me as this is my introduction with a snake, I felt like a G after. I was like, I got this. That scream and that reaction, that was all a hundred percent real because I was absolutely…

LETOYA LUCKETT: I would say for me, the scene where we come face-to-face with the killer finally. And we're in the basement and it was such a dark moment. And I just remember before we actually started shooting, how everybody just settled into their space, everything, their character. And it was super-duper quiet. And then you just heard us weeping, all of us individually. And [it] was super tough. I don't know why. I think everybody was having their own thing going on at the time, but I feel like that was one of the most emotional scenes for all of us and probably one of the darker scenes for all of us. And my girl that plays that role, the role of the killer, she nailed it. I was like, “Sis!” (Claps.)

DREW SIDORA: She had us really spooked.

LETOYA LUCKETT: I was shook.

DREW SIDORA: I was really afraid.

LETOYA LUCKETT: I was shook for real.


LETOYA LUCKETT: Yeah. That was super intense.

TA’RHONDA JONES: Yeah, same, Toya. But I think it was more so the physical. Whenever somebody, we had to punch, kick, stunts, this, that and sometimes in real life it’s, “Don’t touch me. Don’t hit me because I'll hit you back for real.” [laughs] And I think trying to pull back from reality, acting, reality, acting, take it back – I think that was more intense for me because it gets a little physical sometimes.


KIERRA SHEARD-KELLY: And I'm sorry, I don't mean to toot our own horn, but I can say I feel like we delivered that sister piece. Because for me, when I heard one sister speaking up for me, like “Oh, she got my back.” Or if I heard her crying over there, I would even feed off, like “What you crying about?” But we had to stay in that space. So, it really was a sister moment that the movie had us drop into and it had us appreciate somebody having your back. Like if your blood not there, you got some other sisters that will definitely look out.


KIERRA SHEARD-KELLY: And I think that exudes through the film as well.

DREW SIDORA: Absolutely.

QUESTION: This is such an intense film. How did you all shake off a long day of shooting?

TA’RHONDA JONES: I think with the cast, they made it easy for you to shake it off because everybody’s personality was just so grounded and friendly and welcoming. I think it was just like, “All right, we're done. All right, time to go home.”

LETOYA LUCKETT: Mm-hmm, yes.

TA’RHONDA JONES: Or where are we going next? Let’s go to dinner.

DREW SIDORA: Let’s go eat.

LETOYA LUCKETT: But you know what? I was about to say (inaudible) but Ta’Rhonda created this -- it was such a beautiful moment. We tried to do it during filming, but we ended up doing it on the last day of shooting. And brought these beautiful lanterns and we wrote our dreams and aspirations that we had, and we lit them and sent them into the sky. And it was just such a beautiful moment. We felt like a family to experience something like that with people that we didn't know for long but in that moment, it felt like we've known each other for years. I haven't had that on a set before, to really set intentions with beautiful people and in such a wonderful moment. I still think about that moment. I need another lantern by the way. I need one.

QUESTION: Five minutes into 2020 you need another lantern?


DREW SIDORA: Mustard seeds.

LETOYA LUCKETT: The mustard seeds. I still got mine.

DREW SIDORA: Yes, me too. They're in my purse. I mentioned they're in my purse, yeah.

LETOYA LUCKETT: Well, thank you for that, mama.


TA’RHONDA JONES: You're welcome.

DREW SIDORA: We love you, Ta’Rhonda. That meant everything.

QUESTION: My question is for LeToya. How did your background in music prepare you for a life as an actress?

LETOYA LUCKETT: Well, that's a good question. I think the best way to answer [is] it is like surrendering to whatever the role calls for. You have to do that in music, whatever the lyrics call for, I feel that I learned that from being a singer since I was about 12 – or five, but professionally 12. And I felt like because I was so rooted in that, I just took some of the things that I learned and brought it into this. But I will say it’s a whole new world. It really, really is. I don't think -- they have the similarities, but I think they're totally different. I think with music, especially if you're a writer, you're writing from your experiences. Whereas with an actress, you're portraying the character. You're representing that person. You're living out one of their stories. And I do that with songs sometimes, I do that with music sometimes, but not in the way that you do with building a character. And I've been asked the question a lot: which do you prefer? I still don't know. I still can’t decide. I’m in love with both of them. But yeah, I'm so glad that I've had so many wonderful experiences and not so wonderful experiences as a singer that I could bring into the acting space.

QUESTION: I'd like you all to talk a little bit more about the sisterhood since you all formed such an amazing bond. Sisterhood was mentioned briefly, but can each of you tell me what is your definition of sisterhood now that you've done this movie?

TA’RHONDA JONES: I'll go. I think for me – because I do have five sisters; there's eight of us, my mother has eight children – and sisterhood for me is just simply being there. And I think in this movie it taught me here today, gone today. Not here today, gone tomorrow. It’s literally here today, gone today. So whatever it is that you got going on, or whatever mess you might got going on with this particular person, just put it behind you and just make amends – especially if you really consider this person your sister, your blood, your family, whatever. And one thing for me, anybody who knows me knows that I'm all about, like Kierra said, women’s empowerment, togetherness, unison. And sisterhood just simply means that unison, togetherness and just simply being there for one another.

DREW SIDORA: That's it.

KIERRA SHEARD-KELLY: I think, too, true sisterhood is when you can sit in a circle of women who are secure within themselves but understand that we each have something different to offer so there is no need for a competition or a comparison. And I think that's when it’s even more powerful for us to deliver. So literally the film had us to see you're stepping on my line. And we had to let our sister speak. So, it was so many moving components as a part of this experience that really showed us. Because I used to say, oh we're going to take all of that with the sororities, but I see why that process is necessary. Because you have to prove yourself to your sister. So, it even had me to honor what the sororities or the fraternities, what you all do in your community. And then if I'm out of a job, you're going to come through for me. So, I really loved how sisterhood was defined for me in this movie because it was a life-or-death matter. It was like, all right, “I know usually I don't speak up; usually you’re speaking up for me, but you're going to see that I'm going to speak up for all of us today.” So, to me, it even pushes a woman forward if you allow me to say it that way. So, sisterhood, it builds up each other, if I can say it that way.

LETOYA LUCKETT: I think it’s having a tribe that you can trust, having a group of women that you can be there for, be your true self, be transparent with and know that they got you, good or bad. I like showing up to be that for someone and I like knowing that I got it. And I feel like even in the short amount of time that we were together, we were there for each other. Any time we needed each other or wanted to talk about something, I felt that I could trust them in that moment that I was in the trust tree. That I was in a safe space. And it’s nothing like having that. You know what I mean? I don't have any blood sisters; I have a blood brother. But I've been so blessed with a community of women who I know got me, front, back and side to side. 


LETOYA LUCKETT: That's what I say to that.

DREW SIDORA: Yeah. And I agree with what everyone said. I have three sisters and Natuno matter if you're having a good day, a bad day, you're getting along with them or y'all just had an argument, it’s the ability to just project that love and that vulnerability. Because I'm not going to lie, I have taken some time off from work having my children and I wasn't in my most confident space. I never even told y'all this but come in to work, I was like, “I just want to do a good job.” You know, I just want to do what God gave me this gift to do and it’s been a while. But being around you all, you guys were so vulnerable and just shared your true self. Even if I wasn't having a good day, you guys were there with laughs. Ta’Rhonda with her energy, here with a word. And I just felt like spiritually, there was a connectedness. And I think outside of friendships or anything else, with sisterhood there's a spiritual connectedness that I think we were all able to share working together on this project. So, I appreciate all of y'all for that moment that I've never had an opportunity to share. But I literally was going through it the day before we started filming and you guys really helped me in that moment to build up my confidence.


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