HOLLYWOOD Cast and Character Guide

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A cast and character guide for the Netflix series HOLLYWOOD featuring who plays who, information about each character, and other noteworthy information about the show.


Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

Jack Castello (David Corenswet)

Jack Castello (David Corenswet) with his hands clasped.
Jack Castello (David Corenswet)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Hooray for Hollywood”

Brief Description

From Missouri, this 23-year-old veteran plans on using his looks to do what he has to to make it in Hollywood.

Additional Information About Jack

  • 1.1: Went to Anzio during the war.
    • Is from Missouri
  • 1.5: Plays Sam in “Meg”

Quotes


Raymond Ainsley (Darren Criss)

Raymond Ainsley (Darren Criss) watching a scene in his head play out.
Raymond Ainsley (Darren Criss)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Hooray For Hollywood: Part 2”

Brief Description

Like his actor, Raymond is bi-racial, with being half-white half-Filipino, but unlike Cross, Raymond has his sights on directing and making a name for himself behind the camera.

Additional Information About Raymond

Quotes


Archie Coleman (Jeremy Pope)

Archie Coleman (Jeremy Pope) unbuttoning his shirt.
Archie Coleman (Jeremy Pope)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Hooray for Hollywood”

Brief Description

Being an exception is nothing new to Archie. With being a queer man of color, all he has known is adversity. However, with talent, he is hoping to break down walls and burst through glass ceilings to be one of Hollywood’s most successful black screenwriters.

Additional Information About Archie

  • 1.6: Had an uncle who was lynched.

Quotes


Camille Washington (Laura Harrier)

Camille Washington (Laura Harrier) smiling and waiving.
Camille Washington (Laura Harrier)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Hooray For Hollywood: Part 2”

Brief Description

A Black actress with desires to be more than the limited parts offered to women like her in the 40s. What she desires is to be a movie star.

Additional Information About Camille

  • 1.5: Plays Meg in “Meg”

Quotes


Claire Wood (Samara Weaving)

Claire Wood (Samara Weaving) with her hand over her heart.
Claire Wood (Samara Weaving)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Hooray For Hollywood: Part 2”

Brief Description

Jack’s female counterpart in ambition, who thinks they could become a Hollywood power couple.

Additional Information About Claire

  • Expect an almost femme fatale vibe from Claire at times as her Hollywood starlet appearance meets the deadliness of a Black Widow.
  • 1.5: Plays Meg’s best friend Sarah in “Meg.”

Quotes


Ernie (Dylan McDermott)

Ernie (Dylan McDermott) with an excited look on his face.
Ernie (Dylan McDermott)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Hooray for Hollywood”

Brief Description

By appearances, Ernie just owns a quaint gas station which will allow you to fill up your car. However, get to know the man, and you’ll learn that the name of his gas station also could work as a euphemism.

Additional Information About Ernie

  • 1.1: Claims to be 12 inches
  • 1.7: Is a widow

Quotes


Ellen Kincaid (Holland Taylor)

Ellen Kincaid (Holland Taylor) giving some pointers.
Ellen Kincaid (Holland Taylor)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Hooray For Hollywood: Part 2”

Brief Description

A talent manager who, unlike some others in Hollywood, has less to hide, a resume of achievement, and a legacy she isn’t ready to close the book on yet.

Additional Information About Ellen

  • 1.7: Worked with Dick for over 27 years.

Quotes


Avis Amberg (Patti LuPone)

Avis Amberg (Patti Lupone) pulling up in her car.
Avis Amberg (Patti Lupone)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Hooray for Hollywood”

Brief Description

The wife of the head of Ace Studios who, using her knowledge of the business, guides up and comers through the hoops and hurdles of Hollywood.

Additional Information About Avis

  • She is a former actress
  • 1.6: Was with Ace over 20 years.

Quotes

“Make me feel like I matter, even if it is a lie.”
— Avis


Henry Wilson (Jim Parsons)

Henry Wilson (Jim Parsons) with a smirk on his face.
Henry Wilson (Jim Parsons)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Hooray For Hollywood: Part 2”

Brief Description

A major Hollywood agent who creates and breaks careers who takes note of Rock’s ambition and decides to invest in him.

Additional Information About Henry

Quotes


Rock Hudson (Jake Picking)

Rock Hudson (Jake Picking) with an astonished look on his face.
Rock Hudson (Jake Picking)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Hooray for Hollywood”

Brief Description

An up and coming heartthrob from Illinois who holds secrets that could derail his career.

Additional Information About Rock

  • 1.1: Real name is Roy Fitzgerald
    • Is from Winnetka, Illinois
    • Came to LA to get to know his biological father

Quotes


Dick Samuels (Joe Mantello)

Dick Samuels (Joe Mantello) in a meeting.
Dick Samuels (Joe Mantello)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Hooray For Hollywood: Part 2”

Brief Description

An Acer Studios executive who, due to secretly being a gay man, but openly progressive, advocates for the underrepresented and assist in them breaking boundaries.

Additional Information About Dick

Quotes


Henrietta Castello (Maude Apatow)

Henrietta Castello (Maude Apatow) talking to her husband.
Henrietta Castello (Maude Apatow)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Hooray for Hollywood”

Brief Description

Jack’s wife (!) who, on top of being pregnant, isn’t fully aware of who the man she married is when he steps outside their home.

Additional Information About Henrietta

Quotes


Jeanne Crandall (Mira Sorvino)

Jeanne (Mira Sorvino) with Ace.
Jeanne (Mira Sorvino)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4 “(Screen) Tests”

Brief Description

A contracted actress with Ace Studios who has been in the business enough to be seen as a veteran, a talented one at that, yet has never made the achievements she, or others, expected of her.

Additional Information About Jeanne

Quotes


Ace Amberg (Rob Reiner)

Ace (Rob Reiner) asserting himself
Ace (Rob Reiner): I run the fuckin’ town! Okay?

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Outlaws”

Brief Description

Avis’ husband, and the head of Ace Studios.

Additional Information About Ace

  • 1.4: Has won 8 Oscars, two during the last ceremony.

Quotes


Anna May Wong (Michelle Krusiec)

Anna May Wong (Michelle Krusiec) during an awards ceremony.
Anna May Wong (Michelle Krusiec)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Hooray For Hollywood: Part 2”

Brief Description

Considered to be one of the first Chinese American movie stars, Anna May Wong is a representative of the opportunities there can be for people of color in Hollywood – with the right backing.

Additional Information About Anna

  • 1.5: Plays Caroline in “Meg.”

Quotes


Hattie McDaniel (Queen Latifah)

Hattie McDaniel (Queen Latifah) talking to Camille.
Hattie McDaniel (Queen Latifah)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 5 “Jump”

Brief Description

Winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Hattie appears to play a role in Camille’s life as a mentor.

Additional Information About Hattie

Quotes


Eleanor Roosevelt (Harriet Sansom Harris)

Eleanor Roosevelt (Harriet Sansom Harris) talking to Avis about allowing Camille to star in "Peg."
Eleanor Roosevelt (Harriet Sansom Harris)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4 “(Screen) Tests”

Brief Description

A friend of Avis’, and former first lady, who advocates for the film “Meg” and the effect it could have on the country.

Additional Information About Eleanor

Quotes


Tallulah (Paget Brewster)

Tallulah (Paget Brewster) and Hattie (Queen Latifah) sharing a moment.
Tallulah (Paget Brewster) and Hattie (Queen Latifah)

First Noted In –  Season 1 Episode 5 “Jump”

Brief Description

A popular and vivacious actress who is portrayed as Hattie’s partner who she has an open relationship with.

Additional Information About Tallulah

Quotes


General Information

NetworkNetflix
Creator(s)Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan
First Aired5/1/2020

Groups & Organizations

  • Tattletale Magazine (1.4): A notorious gossip magazine in Hollywood.

Notable Locations

Ace Studios

The studio the majority of the actors work for and other characters are associated with.

Golden Tip Gasoline

A place to buy gasoline for the unaware and to have a drink, and so much more, if you wish to go to Dreamland.


Terms To Know


Other Noteworthy Information

  • The show takes place in the 40s
  • The ACE Studios sign is based on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles, where part of the film was shot.
  • 1.7: The 20th Academy awards happen during the season.

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