Ariana Madix Lays Down the Law in Exclusive First Look at Lifetime’s ‘Buying Back My Daughter’

The ‘Vanderpump Rules’ star booked and filmed her role in the film while dealing with the fallout from her ex Tom Sandoval’s months-long affair with co-star and close friend Raquel Leviss



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Ariana Madix suffers no fools in her next role in the Lifetime movie.

PEOPLE can exclusively reveal the first look at the Vanderpump Rules star, 37 years old. in action as Officer Karen on Redeem my daughter.

The film stars Dana (Meagan Good) and Curtis (Roger Cross), whose daughter Alicia (Faith Wright) triggers an armed search involving the police after she sneaks out of a party without returning home.

Related: Ariana Madix Lands A Lifetime Movie And A Particularly Hot New Partnership After Tom Sandoval Split



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In her search, Dana finds herself entangled in “the salacious world of online escort advertisements where, to her horror, she finds her Alicia for sale,” according to a Lifetime description.

“Dana and Curtis spring into action and attempt to ‘redeem their daughter’ in order to save her from the trafficker who kidnapped Alicia and caused her untold harm,” the summary continues.

Madix’s character is a police officer “who helps investigate the case and has a personal connection to the story”.

Related: All About “Vanderpump Rules” Cheating Drama Involving Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix & Raquel Leviss

Lifetime announced in March that Madix would star in the project, which was “inspired by real-life events of mothers who fight back when their teenage daughters go missing and are sex-trafficked online,” according to Lifetime’s statement. He will talk about the messages of the network’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

Madix’s role preview comes more than three months after she split from her boyfriend of nine years, Tom Sandoval, after discovering her affair with their VRP co-star Raquel Leviss.

Madix first commented on the split in an Instagram post about two weeks after the secret relationship was first revealed.

Rather than addressing Sandoval, 40, and Leviss, 28, she thanked her fans and friends: “When I felt like I couldn’t stand, you all gave me the strength to carry on and saw me through my darkest hours to say I was devastated and broken is an understatement.”

She ended the statement, “what doesn’t kill me is better to run.”

Related: Ariana Madix Says She Won’t Tour With Tom Sandoval or Raquel Leviss Anymore on ‘Vanderpump Rules’: ‘Good Luck’

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In May, she opened up to PEOPLE about her reaction to learning about the affair, sharing, “At first my anxiety was at its height. Those first few weeks…just stomach aches, not being able to stand up. falling asleep, not eating, and feeling sick even at the thought of wanting to eat. It was really that bad.

She said learning about the cheating scandal between now ex and their costar Bravo in March was her lowest point.

“It was like the bottom,” she explained. “I’ve been through other things on the show before, but nothing like it. But there’s nowhere to go from the bottom down except the top. So honestly, realizing that really helped me get myself out of it.”

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Redeem my daughter is slated to premiere this fall.

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