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TNT is giving a big push to its new series “Claws,” which made its debut at 9 p.m. Sunday.

The series, a dark comedy-drama, follows the staff of a central Florida nail salon that serves as a money-laundering front for criminal activity. Niecy Nash stars as Desna, the owner of the salon. Her most trusted co-worker and best friend is Jennifer, played by Jenn Lyon, a High Point native and graduate of High Point Central and UNC School of the Arts.

“I’m a preacher’s daughter from North Carolina, went to North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem,” Lyon said. “Mostly a stage actress, just started doing films and television a couple of years ago. Got some great gigs, and so excited to be doing it.”

She describes her character in “Claws” as “rough around the edges, a former party girl, but now she’s a mom of two.”

Lyon got her first taste of acting during her father’s time as pastor of First United Methodist Church in High Point.

“I was always doing church plays and stuff,” she said. “And I was greedy for more than one life. Like, I wanted to be a lawyer and a fashion designer and a doctor, but I thought if I was an actress, I could just be all those things without having to go to all the schools.”

UNCSA was actually her third try at college. “I took a little circuitous route, where I went to one college (Catawba College), got kicked out, then went to community college (Central Piedmont Community College), and then I got my act together and went to School of the Arts.”

She enjoyed her time in Winston-Salem. “Shout out to School of the Arts,” she said, “they taught me everything I know.”

After college, she moved to New York, performing in theater and with a sketch-comedy troupe before appearing in the web-comedy series “Good Morning, Internet!” That led to television roles, first in guest spots and later in recurring and larger roles, most prominently in “Justified,” where she played barmaid Lindsey Salazar, and “Saint George,” where she played the ex-wife of series lead George Lopez.

She now lives in Brooklyn and says that she misses “so many things” about living in the South, starting with “the pear trees blooming in the spring.”

She also misses “hush puppies, Sun Drop, Cheerwine, all those good Southern things,” she said. “And I miss that slower pace as well.”Read more at:prom dress shops | cheap prom dresses