See Ariana Madix Lay Down the Law in Trailer for Her First Acting Role Since Scandoval

In her first TV movie following her breakup with Tom Sandoval earlier this year, Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix is a fierce cop in the new trailer for Lifetime's Buying Back My Daughter.

By Brett Malec Sep 15, 2023 4:46 PMTags
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Ariana Madix is ready to SUR-ve up some justice.

The Vanderpump Rules star is taking on the role of badass cop Officer Karen in Lifetime's Buying Back My Daughter, her first acting gig since the Bravo series' Scandoval controversy earlier this year.

In the movie's first trailer, released Sept. 15, the reality star and actress is on a mission to help a mom named Dana (Meagan Good) track down her missing teen daughter Alicia (Faith Wright). According to the new preview, the 16-year-old daughter snuck out to go to a party, where she was abducted as part of a sex-trafficking ring.

As the search commences, Madix assures Good's character, "Most runaways are found within 72 hours." However, Good worries, "A little Black girl goes missing and they assume she ran away?!"

Things take a potentially deadly turn for Wright's character, who is seen locked in a room while being beaten by a man. But when Good discovers her daughters location, Madix's team must figure out a way to safely extract her.

Vanderpump Rules: Everything That's Happened Since Season 10

"If we intervene without taking the proper precautions..." Madix says before Good interrupts, "They might hurt her."

Determined to save her daughter as soon as possible, Good seemingly takes things into her own hands and dangerously hunts down the criminals herself.

Check out the dramatic trailer above before Buying Back My Daughter premieres Oct. 7 on Lifetime.

Madix's new TV movie is just one of her latest major career successes following her breakup from boyfriend of nine years Tom Sandoval earlier this year. The Bravo costars split after his shocking months-long affair with Rachel "Raquel" Leviss came to light back in March.

Since the scandal, Madix landed a guest spot on Peacock's Love Island USA in July, plus she's set to compete on season 32 of Dancing With the Stars later this month.

The 38-year-old also recently announced her new book Single AF Cocktails, in which she promises to detail her messy split. Of course, she also reunited with her ex while filming the new season of VPR this past summer.

Keep reading to see everything we know (so far) about Vanderpump Rules' upcoming season 11.

Season 11 Filming Begins

Filming for Vanderpump Rules season 11 began in late June just weeks after the explosive three-part season 10 finale finished airing. Ariana Madix was even spotted letting loose while shooting at her ex's restaurant TomTom.

"Dj James Kennedy is playin' a set at tomtom," TikTok user audpen wrote June 30 with a video of Madix dancing inside the West Hollywood eatery. "Ariana is as gorgeous as ever living her best life, and the whole crowd chants for her. The world is good." 

Tom Sandoval Films With Lisa Vanderpump

On July 6, Tom Sandoval was seen filming for the first time since Scandoval. The 40-year-old dropped flowers off at Lisa Vanderpump's now-closed West Hollywood hot-spot PUMP, which shut its doors this summer.


Something About Ariana Madix & Katie Maloney's New Business

Season 11 will surely highlight the opening of Madix and Katie Maloney's new West Hollywood sandwich shop Something About Her, which is supposed to open this summer amid filming. The BFFs have shared plenty of sneak peeks inside their latest business venture on social media.

Tom Sandoval & Ariana Madix Reunite

Four months after filming their shocking season 10 reunion showdown, the exes were spotted filming together on July 11 at SUR's weekly See You Next Tuesday event with several of their costars. 

Bravo fans will have to wait and see as to whether Madix and Sandoval actually interacted during the outing.

Raquel Leviss Not Returning

After checking out of a mental health facility in Wickenburg, Arizona in July, Rachel "Raquel" Leviss confirmed in August she is not returning for season 11. In fact, she stated that she won't be coming back to reality TV at all. 

"Oh, hell no," Raquel told Bethenny Frankel. "No because I refuse to not respect myself on that level where I would endure that emotional abuse any longer."

The Cast Trip to Lake Tahoe

On July 18, Scheana Shay and husband Brock Davies, James Kennedy and girlfriend Ally Lewber, Tom Schwartz, Sandoval and Lala Kent jetted off to Lake Tahoe for a summer getaway, marking the cast's first post-Scandoval vacation.

Shay and Kent shared Instagram Stories from their luxury lakeside rental. As for where they stand with Sandoval…

Scheana Shay Has Not Forgiven Tom

Although Shay and Sandoval were photographed posing with a fan alongside their costars in Tahoe, the "Good as Gold" singer clarified she has not totally forgiven the TomTom co-owner for his affair.

Retweeting a video of Sandoval from her Instagram, Shay wrote July 19, "Who said all is forgiven?? We are all here for Lisa."

She added in response to another social media user questioning if they were friends again, "I'm posing in a photo for a fan. I take photos w strangers on the daily and have my arm bent up behind ppl. End of story. Should I look miserable in a group fan photo I got thrown in walking to our car?"

Lisa Vanderpump's New Tahoe Club to Be Featured

While in town, the cast checked out Vanderpump's new club Wolf at Harrah's, meaning fans will definitely get a look at the restauranteur's new Tahoe business venture next season.

In videos shared to social media, Shay, Davies, Kent, Sandoval, Schwartz, Kennedy and Lewber even helped knock down walls inside the venue during renovations.

James Kennedy Reunites With His & Raquel Leviss' Dog

Several weeks after Leviss finished her stay at a treatment facility, Kennedy announced their dog Graham, who they rescued in 2018 while still dating, was back in his custody.

"Look who made his way back home, back into my life," the DJ wrote in a July 19 Instagram along with two adorable photos. "I'll take care of you forever and I love you."

Ariana Madix's Dancing Debut

As it was announced in early July that Madix is officially joining season 32 of Dancing With the Stars, we can only hope we'll get a behind-the-scenes look at her ballroom prep.

Ariana Madix Makes Her Love Island USA Debut

While the cast was filming their Tahoe trip, Madix flew to Fiji to make a special appearance on her favorite show Love Island USA.

Sandwich Celebrations

On Aug. 6, the whole cast (minus Sandoval) was pictured enjoying a tasting at Something About Her ahead of the shop's opening.

Ariana Madix & Tom Sandoval Pictured Together All Smiles

While they made sure to keep their distance from one another, Madix and Sandoval were photographed together for the first time since the explosive season 10 reunion.

The exes reunited for an Aug. 8 water tasting with the rest of their season 11 castmates.

Tom Schwart'z New Look

Schwartz debuted bleach-blond hair in August.

San Francisco Cast Trip

Season 11 culminates with a group vacation in San Francisco. Madix, Sandoval, Schwartz, Maloney, Kent, Shay, Kennedy and Lewber were all in attendance according to their Instagram Stories touring the Golden Gate bridge and other landmarks.

Daniel Wai's Debut

Madix's man joined the cast on their season 11 trip to San Francisco and it seems he's set to make his debut on the show.

Coordinating Couple

Madix and Wait coordinated for a night out in SF.

That's a Wrap

On Aug. 3, Kennedy announced "that's a wrap" on season 11 with a cute pic with Lewber in San Francisco.

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