Cast and Characters: Hulu’s Shrill

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The Following is a list of cast and characters from the Hulu program Shrill and their status at the end of the season(s).


Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 4 “Pool”Annie finds herself taking on her insecurities, even Gabe, after going to an inclusive pool party.
Director(s) Shaka King
Writer(s) Samantha Irby
Air Date 3/15/2019
  • Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right: Lamar, Fran, Annie, Ryan
  • Paradise: Annie
  • Do You Hear Yourself Right Now?: Vera, Gabe, Annie
Season 1, Episode 5 “Article”Annie hits another post out of the park, but the fallout from her article may unravel many relationships she has built.
Director(s) Gillian Robespierre
Writer(s) Sudi Green
Air Date 3/15/2019
  • Who Works For Who?: Gabe, Annie, Amadi
  • Bullies & Trolls: Annie, Vera, Bill
  • One Step Forward & Two Steps Back: Annie, Fran, Ryan
Season 1, Episode 6 “Troll” [Season Finale]In the season finale, Annie meets her troll, Vera has a bit of a breakdown, Fran and Annie have a fight and so much more.
Director(s) Shaka King
Writer(s) Craig DiGregorio
Air Date 3/15/2019
  • You And Him Aren’t That Different: Annie, Fran, Ryan
  • Burning Bridges With Minimal Ability To Swim: Gabe, Annie, Amadi, Vera
  • Awesome: Annie
Season 1, Episode 3 “Pencil”Ryan is given a chance to really step up, show he is boyfriend material, as Fran’s brother Lamar shows up and brings up something done in the past.
Director(s) Andy DeYoung
Writer(s) Dave King
Air Date 3/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Bill Daniel Stern
Lamar Akemnji Ndifornyen
Cindy Leslie Grossman
Kayla Esther Povitsky
Amadi Ian Owens
  • Things Were Going Good: Vera, Bill, Gabe, Annie, Fran, Lamar, Ryan
  • You Aren’t The Only One: Kayla, Cindy, Amadi, Ryan, Annie
  • The Best Way To Get Over Someone: Lamar, Annie
Season 1, Episode 2 “Date”While Annie gets to celebrate her first published article, things get kind of weird with Ryan. Actually, very weird as he attempts to do a 180 on their relationship.
Director(s) Carrie Brownstein
Writer(s) Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West
Air Date 3/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Janelle Gretchen Corbett
  • The Bigger, The Better: Annie, Gabe
  • New Attitude: Annie, Vera
  • Second Chances: Annie, Fran, Gabe, Ryan, Janelle
Season 1, Episode 1 “Annie”While diversity has come in the form of different skin tones, ethnicities and sexualities coming to the forefront, Shrill breaks ground.
Network
Hulu
Creator Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West
Director(s) Jesse Peretz
Writer(s) Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West
Air Date 3/15/2019
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama
Good If You Like Stories About Growth

Perspectives Rarely Focused On

Isn’t For You If You Fatphobic
Introduced This Episode
Annie Aidy Bryant
Gabe John Cameron Mitchell
Ryan Luka Jones
Fran Lolly Adefope
Vera Julia Sweeney

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General Information

  • The show takes place in Portland.

Notable Locations

The Weekly Thorn

Where Annie works.

John Cameron Mitchell As Gabe

Gabe (John Cameron Mitchell) looking over his Mac computer towards Annie.
Gabe (John Cameron Mitchell)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 1 “Annie”

Gabe is pretty much Annie’s idol, and she has been reading his work since she was 14. Thus making the fact he is a bit of a douche unfortunate, especially since he is her boss at The Weekly Thorn. However, as she begins to advocate for herself, it seems things might turn around in their relationship.

Additional Information About Gabe

 

Luka Jones As Ryan

Ryan (Luka Jones) looking dumbfounded.
Ryan (Luka Jones)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 1 “Annie”

Ryan is, or was, Annie’s f*** buddy for the last 6 months but also someone a bit ashamed of her. He’d make her go in and out through the back, over a fence, and made sure his roommates, including his brother, never met Annie. To put some diarrhea frosting on this piece of s***, he also didn’t mention to Annie he is the deadbeat dad of a 14-year-old.

Additional Information About Ryan

  • He works at a hardware store.

 

Lolly Adefope As Fran

Fran (Lolly Adefope) having a hearty laugh.
Fran (Lolly Adefope)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 1 “Annie”

Annie’s lesbian roommate, who is also a bit of a player, but also has a strong role in Annie changing her mindset to putting herself first. Not just by leading by example but being there for her in ways not even Annie’s parents try to be. Well, her mom anyway.

Additional Information About Fran

 

Julia Sweeney As Vera

Vera (Julia Sweeney) talking to Annie about their diet plan.
Vera (Julia Sweeney)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 1 “Annie”

Vera is Annie’s mother and could be seen as the root of her insecurities. Maybe because she doesn’t like herself or because she fears for her daughter’s health? Either way, while not as wicked as a Disney step-mother, she does make the kind of comments which plant poisonous seeds.

Additional Information About Vera

  • Vera seems to have become especially health conscious after her husband got sick.

 

Gretchen Corbett As Janelle

Janelle (Gretchen Corbett) introducing herself to Annie.
Janelle (Gretchen Corbett)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 2 “Date”

Janelle is Ryan’s mom who seemingly enables a lot of his bad behavior.

Additional Information About Janelle

Daniel Stern As Bill

Bill (Daniel Stern) at a piano
Bill (Daniel Stern)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 3 “Pencil”

Bill is Annie’s dad, still married to Vera, and is the parent she is closest to. For while he does sometimes crack a joke at her, he isn’t as consistent and low-key vicious as Vera.

Additional Information About Bill

Akemnji Ndifornyen As Lamar

Lamar (Akemnji Ndifornyen) before he kisses Annie.
Lamar (Akemnji Ndifornyen)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 3 “Pencil”

A chef, and Fran’s younger brother, Lamar reveals he has a crush on Annie and they explore it together.

Additional Information About

Leslie Grossman As Cindy

Cindy (Leslie Grossman) proclaiming it is over between Annie and Ryan.
Cindy (Leslie Grossman): I’m done, you’re down, he’s done.

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 3 “Pencil”

Amadi’s girlfriend, who married and divorced young, is Cindy. She has one brother and is portrayed as a comical, passionate person.

Additional Information About Cindy

Esther Povitsky As Kayla

Kayla (Esther Povitsky) saying goodbye to Ryan.
Kayla (Esther Povitsky)

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 3 “Pencil”

Kayla is Ryan’s co-worker and the other person he is having sex with.

Additional Information About Kayla

Ian Owens As Amadi

Amadi (Ian Owens) praising Annie.
Amadi (Ian Owens): That’s my friend, she’s on top of the world.

Character Introduction

First Noted In Season 1, Episode 3 “Pencil”

The flamboyant Amadi is Annie’s best friend at work.

Additional Information About Amadi

  • He has children, possibly with Cindy or from a previous relationship.

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