“Being Mary Jane” has received its share of criticism for allegedly glorifying the life of the side-chick, but actress Robinne Lee, who plays the part of the blindsided wife, Avery Daniels, is defending the show’s lead character, in a manner of speaking. When we asked Robin what she thinks about all the backlash over the new BET series and it’s portrayal of Mary Jane and Andre she said this:

“To Mary Jane’s defense… she did not know that Andre was married when she got involved in this relationship and it kind of took her by surprise and I think by the time she found out she was already falling in love with him. It wasn’t just sex, in her mind it was a relationship and he could be the one and this could be great, so I understand why it’s been difficult for her to cut him off and just walk away.

“[But], it’s drama and we’re going for ratings and if everything was happy and neat and tucked away, we wouldn’t have people tuning in all the time. I don’t think that Mary Jane, herself, is a role model for young black women out there to say ‘let’s go find someone else’s husband and sleep with him,’ but I think that she, as a flawed character, is entertaining.”

Judging by the show’s season 1 ratings, clearly a lot of people agree with that last point.

Check out the full interview with Robinne Lee in the video above as she dishes out advice for women in her character’s position and speaks on Gabrielle Union’s admitted mean-girl past. What do you think?

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