The Cast and Characters of FreeForm’s Good Trouble

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The following is a list of cast and characters from the Freeform program Good Trouble and their status at the end of the season(s).


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Characters description and pictures used are changed as notable information is presented and better screenshots are taken. Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member. Only those who have presented themselves as an important part of the show are noted. With the exception of some guest stars.

How characters end each season are presented on the second page after the season has concluded.


Cierra Ramirez Plays Mariana

Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) smiling at Gael.
Mariana (Cierra Ramirez)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Mariana?

An MIT grad now working at tech startup Speckulate, she is a fun, mostly carefree, girl who wants love, fulfillment, and is struggling to find both. Thankfully, with living at The Coterie and living with he adopted sister Callie, her struggles seem to be met with just the support she needs.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Maia Mitchell Plays Callie

Callie (Maia Mitchell)
Callie (Maia Mitchell)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Callie?

Raised in the foster system, with her younger brother Jude, and going through quite some trials and tribulations during that time, Callie found stability in the Fosters’ home. It was a little bit rough at first, since Callie lacked trust, but eventually she found a home under their roof. Now, there were some problems with her siblings, like Mariana, as well as an off and on again romance with her foster brother Branden, but eventually their chemistry fizzled out and their loved for one another became appropriate for their circumstances.

Now, in Good Trouble, after graduating from a state school, at the top of her class, she has decided to work under the tutelage of Judge Wilson. A man whose politics are the opposite of hers, Callie’s is very liberal, an activist even, but she figures she can learn from him and hopes he is willing to learn from her. For if Callie has proven one thing over the timespan we have gotten to know her is that she tries to keep an open mind. Yes, there will be initial judgments, but she will try to push against those to find your humanity and ultimately understand you.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

 


Roger Bart Plays Judge Wilson

Judge Wilson (Roger Bart) talking to Callie about a case.
Judge Wilson (Roger Bart)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Judge Wilson

Appointed during the Bush administration, Judge Wilson is considered a conservative judge but he is first to note he is not an activist one. He goes strictly by the constitution and depending who you ask, the main reason he may have hired Callie was to prep against a liberal argument.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Chloe Wepper Plays Casey

Casey (Chloe Wepper) talking to Mariana.
Casey (Chloe Wepper)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Casey

Perhaps one of the few female software engineers, outside Mariana, at Speckulate and she may become Mariana’s mentor. If not someone whose team Mariana may switch to if things remain difficult in the one she was assigned to.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

 


Molly McCook Plays Rebecca

Rebecca (Molly McCook) at the law firm.
Rebecca (Molly McCook)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Rebecca

Callie’s co-worker who tries to guide her on how to work with Judge Wilson. Though, when they first met, Callie decided to trust Ben instead of Rebecca.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Comes from a wealthy family.

Ken Kirby Plays Ben

Ben (Ken Kirby)
Ben (Ken Kirby)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Ben

Ben is Callie’s co-worker who has no issue sabotaging her.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • He is a Harvard graduate who didn’t come from money.

 


Sherry Cola Plays Alice

Alice (Sherry Cola) introducing herself to Callie and Mariana.
Alice (Sherry Cola)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Alice

Alice owns The Coterie, is queer, single, and arguably is being taken advantage of by most of the tenants. Yet, as a mother hen type, she loves the hustle and bustle of The Coterie. Especially since, when it comes to her family, she isn’t close with her mother.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

 


Zuri Adele Plays Malika

Malika (Zuri Adele) DJ'ing
Malika (Zuri Adele)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Malika

Like Callie, Malika grew up in the foster system. Unlike Callie, she didn’t find her forever family. But, she is doing okay now. Her role, early on in the series, seems to be making Callie feel guilty by not telling her a Black Lives Matter case she is invested in got switched to Judge Wilson. Someone who usually sides with cops.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • Malika wasn’t in foster care because someone called CPS on her mother, who was raising her, but she is the one who called CPS. Also, since then, her childhood, she never did reconcile with her mom. At least to the way her brother thinks they should had.

Tommy Martinez Plays Gael

Gael (Tommy Martinez) meeting Callie officially.
Gael (Tommy Martinez)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Gael

Mariana’s co-worker, and one-time love interest, is also the last notch on Callie’s bedpost. Well, considering she and Gael had sex at his place, last notch on his bedpost. However, because Mariana had a crush on him, that ended. But, with learning Gael is bi, it seems between that, and Callie sleeping with him, her feelings for Gael may have dissipated.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Emma Hunton Plays Davia

Davia (Emma Hunton) at communal dinner.
Davia (Emma Hunton)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Who Is Davia

Not much is divulged from Davia in episode one beyond she used to have an eating disorder and now is very much into body positivity.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  •   Her mother is her biggest critic, and harasses her online and was never really supportive of her.

Hayden Byerly Plays Jude

Jude (Hayden Byerly) talking to Callie about bi-sexuality.
Jude (Hayden Byerly)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Coterie”

Who Is Jude

Jude is Callie’s younger brother who is also in college and is gay. He also, helps Callie navigate liking Gael, despite him being bi-sexual.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Michael Galante Plays Bryan

Bryan (Michael Galante) trying to stir up trouble.
Bryan (Michael Galante)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Coterie”

Who Is Bryan

Gael’s lover who seems a bit jealous of Callie and Gael’s relationship. Probably because Gael and him lack a romantic commitment.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  • He is best friends with Davia


J. Mallory McCree Plays Dom

Dom (J. Mallory McCree) talking to Malika about their mother.
Dom (J. Mallory McCree)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Coterie”

Who Is Dom

Dom is Malika’s older brother, despite his size, and unlike her, he is still rather close to their mom. In fact, he and Malika have a bit of a tiff for he’d rather they’d find a way to stay with their mom, and struggle, than end up in the system. What doesn’t help him getting over the past is they were seperated when they went into the system.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Kara Wang Plays Sumi

Sumi (Kara Wang) smiling, having fun.
Sumi (Kara Wang)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Coterie”

Who Is Sumi

Alice’s ex who she is not over what so ever. Yet, to pretend to be mature, she has remained friends with Sumi to the point Sumi takes advantage of her. But, since Alice gives so willingly, she doesn’t see how much she is using and hurting alice. For example, she asks Alice to be her maid of honor.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Dustin Ingram Plays Alex

Alex (Dustin Ingram) who is Mariana's boss.
Alex (Dustin Ingram)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Coterie”

Who Is Alex

Alex is Mariana’s boss who often ices her out and maintains a boys club culture. Something which, increasingly, Mariana is sick of trying to join and may rather wish to destroy.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Beau Mirchoff Plays Jamie

Jamie (Beau Mirchoff) having a drink.
Jamie (Beau Mirchoff)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Allies”

Jamie is an old friend of Callie, a potential love interest who, with already being a lawyer, acts as both a confidant and a bit of a mentor to her as well.

Who Is Jamie At The End of Season

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Nicki Micheaux Plays Sandra

Sandra (Nicki Micheaux) crying after giving a speech.
Sandra (Nicki Micheaux)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Allies”

She is Jamal Thompson’s mother, the child who was killed in a brutal police shooting.

Who Is Sandra At The End of Season

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


T.J. Linnard Plays Evan

Evan (T.J. Linnard) after Mariana spills coffee on him.
Evan (T.J. Linnard)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Allies”

The CEO of  Speckulate, where Gael and Mariana works, and he is a bit socially awkward. Yet, he recognizes Mariana’s talent in ways her boss, Alex, doesn’t.

Who Is Evan At The End of Season 1

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Dhruv Uday Singh Plays Raj

Raj (Dhruv Uday Singh) being introduced to Mariana.
Raj (Dhruv Uday Singh)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Allies”

Raj is one of Mariana’s first potential allies on Alex’s team but he isn’t necessarily a reliable one. While he recognizes Alex’s boy’s club is horrible, he is too afraid to call Alex out and this frustrates Mariana to the point of calling him out.

Who Is Raj At The End of Season 1

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Max Cutler Plays Sam

Sam (Max Cutler) being a kiss ass.
Sam (Max Cutler)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Allies”

Sam is a kiss ass. Alex makes his life easy, so he sides with Alex no matter what. Making it so he is usually at odds with Mariana who is more innovative than the rest of the team members.

Who Is Sam At The End of Season 1

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Hailie Sahar Plays Jazmin

Jazmin (Hailie Sahar) talking to her brother Gael.
Jazmin (Hailie Sahar)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Allies”

Jazmin is Gael’s sister who doesn’t get along with their parents, at all. So, she is often reliant on him for moral, sometimes financial, support. She also happens to be trans.

Who Is Jazmin At The End of Season 1

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Jessica Tuck Plays Libby

Libby (Jessica Tuck) with Callie next to her.
Libby (Jessica Tuck)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Playing The Game”

Libby is Judge Wilson’s wife and while she may not be the fondest of some of the games he plays with his clerks, she does participate. If only to help him weed out who can and cannot be trusted.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series


Chris Sheffield Plays Jeff

Jeff (Chris Sheffield) looking at Davia
Jeff (Chris Sheffield)

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Playing The Game”

Jeff is one of Davia’s friends from back home who, when he is out in LA, she has sex with. This is despite him being married, and seemingly not willing to leave his wife or advocating for Davia to return to Fitchburg, WI to be together.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

 


Josh Pence Plays Dennis

Dennis (Josh Pence) after revealing his truth to Stef.
Dennis (Josh Pence)

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “Parental Guidance Suggested”

Dennis is the oldest member of the Coterie family and he lives there to escape his former life. At one time he had a big house, a wife, even a kid, alongside a corporate job but then his kid died of cancer. Once that happened, Dennis regressed in life and though he makes a decent enough salary to live comfortable at the Coterie, he experiences less stress. Which makes it so, even if bad mouthed for messing around with younger women, it is better than dealing with the past life he doesn’t want to face.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

  •  The bad things noted in Dennis’ introduction happened two years prior.

Teri Polo Plays Stef

Stef (Teri Polo) in season 1, episode 5 of Good Trouble.
Stef (Teri Polo)

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “Parental Guidance Suggested”

Stef is the more serious of Mariana and Callie’s moms, but that comes from her police background and not having the best parents. Loving, in their own way, but her dad was a real piece of work. However, despite how hard she can be, and judgmental, she does push her kids to want and expect better, as well as lets them know someone loves them, fiercely, and would do anything and everything within her power if something happened to them.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

 


Sherri Saum Plays Lena

Lena (Sherri Saum) talking to Malika.
Lena (Sherri Saum)

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “Parental Guidance Suggested”

Lena counteracts the seriousness of Stef with a much more friendlier vibe. She is more open, gentle, and maternal figure in Callie and Mariana’s life. Also, she has recently taken up running for State Assembly, after making other career accomplishments.

Noteworthy Facts & Moments In The Series

 


Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 5 "Parental Guidance Suggested"Stef and Lena come to The Coterie and reveal what is going on in their lives, and shine a light on Dennis.
Director(s)Bradley Bredeweg
Writer(s)Joanna Johnson
Air Date2/5/2019
Introduced This Episode
DennisJosh Pence
StefTeri Polo
LenaSherri Saum
  • Moms Are Coming!: Callie, Gael, Mariana, Malika, Bryan, Davia, Stef, Lena
  • Introducing Dennis: Stef, Dennis
  • The Truth Sets You Free/ Someone Who Understands: Lena, Malika, Callie, Mariana, Gael, Bryan, Ben, Davia
Season 1, Episode 4 “Playing The Game”Mariana and Alice are given the opportunity to stand up for themselves, as Davia and Callie are tasked with a needed shift in an important relationship.
Director(s)Michael Medico
Writer(s)Cristian Martinez
Air Date1/29/2019
Introduced This Episode
LibbyJessica Tuck
JeffChris Sheffield
  • The Boy Back Home: Davia, Jeff, Mariana
  • You Got To Stand Up For Yourself: Mariana, Raj, Casey, Alice, Malika, Sumi, Alex
  • We All Have Our Secrets: Libby, Judge Wilson, Rebecca, Ben, Callie, Malika
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Allies”Both Mariana and Callie continue to struggle with office politics as Malika’s activism puts her at odds with her family.
Director(s)Laura Nisbet Peters
Writer(s)Kris Q. Rehl
Air Date1/22/2019
Introduced This Episode
JamieBeau Mirchoff
SandraNicki Micheaux
EvanT.J. Linnard
RajDhruv Uday Singh
SamMax Cutler
JazminHailie Sahar
  • You Make Time For The Things, And People, You Think Are Important: Malika, Sandra, Dom
  • Slowing Down The Train Won’t Mean It Won’t Get To Its Destination: Mariana, Alex, Raj, Sam, Evan, Casey
  • Step Your Game Up: Jamie, Callie, Rebecca, Ben, Judge Wilson, Gael, Bryan, Davia

Season 1/ Episode 1 “DTLA”

Good Trouble is charged with messages of equality mixed in with the relationship (platonic and otherwise) drama fans of its predecessor are used to.

CreatorJoanna Johnson, Bradley Bredweg, Peter Paige
Director(s)Jon M. Chu
Writer(s)Joanna Johnson, Bradley Bredweg, Peter Paige
Air Date1/1/2019
Genre(s)Drama, Young Adult
Good If You LikeProgressive TV Programming

Racial & Cultural Diversity

Your Usual 20 Something Drama with Random Sex Partners, Job Anxiety, and Unnecessarily Complicated Relationships

Isn’t For You If YouDon’t Like Your TV Programs Being Political
Introduced This Episode
MarianaCierra Ramirez
CallieMaia Mitchell
Judge WilsonRoger Bart
CaseyChloé Wepper
RebeccaMolly McCook
BenKen Kirby
AliceSherry Cola
MalikaZuri Adele
GaelTommy Martinez
DaviaEmma Hunton

Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Coterie”

We got a conversation on bi-sexuality, the backstory of multiple characters and work drama – aka what will probably be the usual from Good Trouble.

Director(s)Peter Paige
Writer(s)Joanna Johnson
Air Date1/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
JudeHayden Byerly
BryanMichael Galante
Dom (Malika’s Brother)J. Mallory McCree
SumiKara Wang
AlexDustin Ingram
  • Let’s Talk About Sex(uality): Jude, Callie, Gael, Bryan, Sumi, Alice
  • The Outsider: Mariana, Alex, Davia
  • I’m Trying Here: Malika, Dom, Callie, Rebecca, Mariana, Ben

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