Acting Alumna Ito Aghayere ’12 to Star in New CBS Pilot 'Carol’s Second Act'

BY Paola Alexandra Soto, April 2, 2019

Headshot of Ito AghayereActing alumna Ito Aghayere ’12 joins the cast of CBS’ Patricia Heaton comedy pilot Carol’s Second Act. The series centers around Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor. Aghayere will be playing Dr. Maya, the Chief Resident in charge of Carol and the other three interns. A type-A, high-achieving disciplinarian, Dr. Maya is all business. She’s instantly annoyed because Carol is a chatty maverick who hates authority — and Dr. Maya and her authority are not up for debate.


The project received a series commitment with a substantial penalty attached back in October but is still awaiting a release date.


Aghayere’s credits include the films Logan Lucky and Wet Behind the Ears. Her theater credits include, Bernhardt/Hamlet on Broadway and Junk at Lincoln Center Theater. Other credits include Off-Broadway: Danai Gurira’s Familiar (Lucille Lortel nomination), The Liquid PlainThree Days to SeeThe TempestMuch Ado About NothingMacbeth (Classic Stage Company). TV: “Instinct,” “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Doubt,” “Master of None,” “Braindead,” “The Knick,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Unforgettable,” “Forever.” Education: MFA, Columbia University; BA, Duke University.