A cast and character guide for the HBO Max series Love Life 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.

General Information

Creator(s) Sam Boyd
First Aired (HBO Max) 5/27/2020

Groups & Organizations

  • Sutton Court Publishing (2.1): Marcus’ employer
  • Wetherlys auction house (2.1): Mia’s employer
  • Maeve (2.1): Where Emily works

Other Information

  • Where We Begin (2.1): 2016
    • Where We End (2.10): Roughly 2022, or 2023

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Character Guide

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Season Reviews

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Season 2

Marcus Watkins (William Jackson Harper)

Marcus watching his father's cab drive away

Marcus is a book editor for Sutton Court Publishing who does his best to advocate for people of color, but it doesn’t always go well. Trae Lang, a young man he tries to sign, shows why since Marcus is seen as a translator for more urban people and between being considered similar to Lavar Burton and Barack Obama, he wants an escape.

However, what doesn’t help is one of the few, if not only, women he had a serious relationship with, Emily, whom he is married to and feels disconnected from.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 2/ Episode 1 “Mia Hines”
  • Nickname (2.3): He was called smart guy by Destiny back in the day
  • Birthday (2.4): October 13th
  • Title (2.5): Is an executive editor

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Trae Lang (Jordan Rock)

Trae (Jordan Rock) talking to MArcus
Trae (Jordan Rock)

An author that Marcus loves the work of, for his story focuses on an alternate reality in which Haiti was never colonized.

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Yogi (Chris Powell)

Yogi (Chris Powell) hanging out with Marcus
Yogi (Chris Powell)

Marcus’ best friend who is in a committed relationship and pretty much focuses on his job, family and avoids any kind of situation like Marcus got himself into.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 2/ Episode 1 “Mia Hines”
  • Job (2.1): Sells luxury boxes at Madison Square Garden
    • Job (2.6): Transitions to a more stable position in the front office

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Mia (Jessica Williams & Hailey Clairese Stone)

Mia is one of Darby’s co-workers at Wetherlys auction house who entertains Marcus’ attention until her boyfriend comes home.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 2/ Episode 1 “Mia Hines”
  • Lineage (2.1) Her parents are divorced, and her mom is a loan manager at the Bank of Maryland and dad owns 6 Popeyes, of which her mom got him the loan for the first one.
    • Also, she is from PG County and went to Spelman
  • Apartment (2.1): She lives in 5J
  • Shoe Size (2.6): 11 in women and a 9 in men’s
  • Abortion (2.6): Reveals she had an abortion at 18 and has a mixed opinion on having kids
  • From (2.7): In or around Bowie, Maryland
  • Guilty Pleasure (2.7): Minute Maid Fruit Punch
  • Job (2.7): Sells Birkin Bags

Quotes & Gifs

Her philosophy has always been, “I should be making more.” Not, “I should be spending less.”
— Mia (2.7)

Emily (Maya Kazan)

Emily (Maya Kazan) after reading all of Marcus' texts
Emily (Maya Kazan)

Emily is Marcus’ wife who he has been with since college, and who works nights. Which sometimes complicates their relationship.

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Paloma (Aline Mayagoitia)

Paloma (Aline Mayagoitia) talking to Marcus at a bar
Paloma (Aline Mayagoitia)

Paloma is a 22-year-old RA, almost done with her BA, with who Marcus hooks up with.

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Ida (Punkie Johnson)

Ida (Punkie Johnson) watching her brother smoke her weed
Ida (Punkie Johnson)

Ida is Marcus’ sister who is lesbian and also lives out in NYC.

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Kian (Arian Moayed)

Kian (Arian Moayed) texting some girl to meet up
Kian (Arian Moayed)

Kian was a lit major, like Marcus, but then focused on a dress shirt designed to be worn untucked, sold that company, and now he is relatively rich.

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Keiko (Emma Kikue)

Keiko Love Life Season 2 Episode 3 Destiny Mathis

Keiko is one of Ida’s girlfriends that we’re introduced to, who works at a bar, but also makes soaps and lotions.

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Donna (Janet Hubert)

Donna (Janet Hubert) getting ready for a chat with her son
Donna (Janet Hubert)

Donna is Ida and Marcus’ mom who lives with her husband, Kirby, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Also, like her husband, she is a tenured professor.

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Kirby (John Earl Jelks)

Kirby (John Earl Jelks)
Kirby (John Earl Jelks)

Kirby is Isa and Marcus’ father who gets along more with Ida and has a strained relationship with Marcus due to how critical Kirby can be.

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Destiny (Yasha Jackson)

Destiny (Yasha Jackson) meeting up with Marcus
Destiny (Yasha Jackson)

Destiny was one of Marcus’ teenage crushes who, despite her being a year older than him, he tutored her in geometry.

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Tina (Nikiya Mathis)

Tina (Nikiya Mathis) and Yogi at lunch with Ida, Marcus, and Ola
Tina (Nikiya Mathis) and Yogi

Yogi’s wife and the mother of his kids.

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Ola (Ego Nwodim)

Ola (Ego Nwodim) meeting Marcus
Ola (Ego Nwodim)

Born in Lagos, but moving with her family to Houston when she was 6, Ola currently is a playwright trying to get her first NYC production produced.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 2/ Episode 5 “Becca Evans”
  • Background (2.4): She originally was supposed to be in the biotech industry and make her civil engineer dad and superintendent mom proud.

Quotes & Gifs

Becca (Leslie Bibb)

Becca talking to Marcus about losing their baby

At one time, Becca was one of Marcus’ friends with benefits but after a threesome in which he didn’t toss the condom, she almost became the mother to his first child.

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Gigi (Briana Marin)

Becca and Gigi (Briana Marin) the morning after their threesome with Marcus
Becca and Gigi (Briana Marin)

Gigi is Becca’s vocal coach and friend who has a threesome with her and Marcus.

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Suzanne (Kimberly Elise)

Suzanné (Kimberly Elise) having a moment
Suzanné (Kimberly Elise)

Suzanne is Mia’s mom who, despite working at a bank, has never really been good with money. The way Mia explains it, her mother’s philosophy is “I should be making more.” Not, “I should be spending less.” But, despite money woes, Mia got what she needed and was put through college.

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Leon (Blair Underwood)

Leon (Blair Underwood) having a meal with Mia
Leon (Blair Underwood)

Leon is Mia’s father who, financially, is better off than Suzanné, but Mia didn’t fully benefit from that. In fact, she would say that while Leon would be willing to pay for things, and had to pay child support, he was rarely physically present. Which Leon owns, but whether he truly wants to do and be better is hard to Mia is hard to say for he remains inconsistent.

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Jalessa (Jasmin Walker)

Jalessa (Jasmin Walker) and Ida announcing their marriage
Jalessa (Jasmin Walker) and Ida

Jalessa is the love of Ida’s life who she did break up with in the past, but she gets back wit her by 2020.

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Anjami (Asra Arif)

Anjali (Asra Arif) apologizing for going to yoga class
Anjali (Asra Arif)

Anjami was a short-term girlfriend of Marcus’ who he almost ended up living with at the start of the COVID pandemic. However, her habits led to him ending the relationship and them sharing his space.

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Josh (Steven Boyer)

Josh is Marcus’ boss.

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Season 1

Darby (Anna Kendrick & Courtney Grosbeck)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

When we meet Darby, she is 24, and it is implied she is still affected by her parents’ divorce when she was 4. Thus leading to her not necessarily desperate for meaningful connections but certainly hopeful and open. Our journey with her is through every role a person can play in a relationship – be it something casual or with long term potential.

Additional Information About Darby

  • S1E1: Worked for Bradley doing tours
    • Was into musical theater in high school and did a performance of “Cats.”
  • S1E3: Has the opportunity for an assistant gig at an auction house.
  • S1E4: Wants 3 kids, max
    • Had braces until she was 17
  • S1E7: Used to collect Beanie Babies.
  • Relationship (2.10): She is still with Grant

Notable Episodes

Therapist (Siobhan Fallon Hogan) speaking to Darby.
Therapist (Siobhan Fallon Hogan)
  • S1E5: We meet 15 year old (in 2006) Darby and see the braces
    • Darby goes to see a therapist (Siobhan Fallon Hogan)

Quotes


Augie (Jin Ha)

Augie (Jin Ha) with his shirt off.
Augie (Jin Ha)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

An employee of Politico and the first man we meet that Darby dates.

Additional Information About Augie

  • S1E1: Gets the opportunity to work on President Obama’s reelection campaign, and it is noted he met Darby in January, so the official start of the show is January 2012.
    • Is a Knicks fan
    • He has tried long-distance, and he isn’t for it.
  • S1E10: Has a son with Darby named Theo.

Quotes

Knowledge is subject to the context of a certain moment.
— Augie (S1E9)


Sara (Zoe Chao)

Sara (Zoe Chao) giving advice to Darby.
Sara (Zoe Chao)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

Sara is the maternal figure in Darby’s household, and also the one with the most stable life. She works at Webster Hall and loves her job, and with Jim, her relationship has been going for a few years. Essentially, Sara is a shining example in Darby’s life.

Additional Information About Sara

Sara and Angelo (Angelo Lanza) dancing at their reception.
Sara and Angelo (Angelo Lanza)
  • S1E8: We learn she has a sister
  • S1E10: Is with a nice man named Angelo (Angelo Lanza)

Quotes


Mallory (Sasha Compère)

Mallory (Sasha Compere) on a bed being nice to Darby.
Mallory (Sasha Compere)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 1

Brief Description

Darby’s other roommate who is queer and works for a catering company.

Additional Information About Mallory

Notable Episodes

Mallory and Taryn (Julia Shiplett) at a dinner table.
Mallory and Taryn (Julia Shiplett)
  • S1E8: We meet her wife Taryn (Julia Shiplett), learn Mallory has been friends with Sara since high school, and Sara is one of the first people she came out to.

Quotes


Bradley (Scoot McNairy)

Bradley (Scoot McNairy) looking at Darbey lovingly.
Bradley (Scoot McNairy)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 2

Brief Description

Darby’s former boss, when she worked at a museum who, thanks to an app he invested in, is doing quite well – outside of being recently divorced.

Additional Information About Bradley

  • S1E2: Was with Kate 11 years, married for one, and then divorced
    • Has collected art since college
    • Got rich off of a museum tour app
    • Was with Darby 11 months

Quotes


Kate (Maureen Sebastian)

Kate (Maureen Sebastian) side eyeing Bradley in therapy.
Kate (Maureen Sebastian)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 2

Brief Description

Bradley’s ex-wife who, even after their divorce, is beloved by his family.

Additional Information About Kate

Quotes


Danny (Gus Halper)

Danny (Gus Halper) giving Darby the side eye.
Danny (Gus Halper)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 3

Brief Description

Danny meets Darby in 2015 at a party Sara brings her to, and they don’t hit it off quickly due to Danny’s insistence on wearing a gold chain. However, after an accident, he offers her the opportunity to clean up in his apartment where they get to talking. Mind you, nothing sexy, at first, but about how hung up he is on his ex – who left him three years ago.

But, with Darby’s encouragement, he tries to move on and does. It is just through Darby treating him like a one night stand despite him desiring a relationship.

Additional Information About Danny

  • S1E3: Notes his family is full of liars, so he picks up when someone is lying to him easily.

Quotes

I’m not a moment, I’m a person.
— Danny | Love Life: Season 1 Episode 3 “Danny Two Phones.”


Emily (Erica Pappas)

Augie and Emily (Erica Pappas) talking to Darby outside a breakfast place.
Augie and Emily (Erica Pappas)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 3

Brief Description

Augie’s new girlfriend, who is a writer and graduated from Gallatin.

Additional Information About Emily

Quotes


Jim (Peter Vack)

Jim (Peter Vack) getting ready for a family event.
Jim (Peter Vack)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 3

Brief Description

Sara’s boyfriend of at least 4 years whose family is waiting for them to get married and have kids.

Additional Information About Jim

Laurel (Diana Irvine) at Jim's friendsgiving.
Laurel (Diana Irvine)
  • S1E3: Is Jewish
  • S1E9: Is dating a woman named Laurel (Diana Irvine).

Quotes


Magnus (Nick Thune)

Magnus (Nick Thune) talking to Darby.
Magnus (Nick Thune)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4

Brief Description

When we first meet Magnus he is a sous chef at a place named Maeve where he seems to excel. Alongside that, he is the ideal man for Darby since he falls fast, is family planning with her in no time, but then a life event changes Magnus, and his relationship with Darby, in the worst way possible.

Additional Information About Magnus

  • S1E4: Wants 6 kids
    • Pursued art, acting, culinary school and bee keeping
    • Is not from New York

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Hunter (Jackson Demott Hill)

Claudia and Hunter (Jackson Demott Hill) having dinner with Darby and Magnus.
Claudia and Hunter (Jackson Demott Hill)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4

Brief Description

Darby’s little brother from her mother’s relationship after being with her father.

Additional Information About Hunter

  • S1E7: Is 20, dropped out of NYU, and lives in Brooklyn.

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Claudia (Hope Davis)

Claudia (Hope Davis) having dinner with Darby and her boyfriend.
Claudia (Hope Davis)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4

Brief Description

Darby’s mother who loves to give an underhanded compliment and rarely take on the blame for anything wrong with Darby. She will, however, take credit for her positive attributes.

Additional Information About Claudia

Claudia, with her mother Janet in the background.
Claudia, with her mother Janet in the background.
  • S1E7: Is 55
    • Her mother, Janet, had her at 16 and emotionally abandoned Claudia when Claudia was 10.
  • S1E9: We meet her mother.

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Luke (Griffin Gluck & John Gallagher Jr.)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 5

Brief Description

What Darby paints as one of her firsts loves, since her feelings were reciprocated, back when they met in 2006 during Thanksgiving break.

Additional Information About Luke

  • S1E5: Family is from Corpus Christi, Texas and his father a Republican lobbyist

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Larry (James Le Gros)

Larry (James Le Gros) on the phone with Darby
Larry (James Le Gros)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 5

Brief Description

Darby’s dad who has a bit of a drinking problem, but is way nicer than her mom.

Additional Information About Larry

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Lola (Nadia Quinn)

Lola (Nadia Quinn) watching Claudia and Darby bicker.
Lola (Nadia Quinn)

First Noted In – Season 1

Brief Description

One of Bradley’s friends who become a mentor, and later boss, to Darby.

Additional Information About Lola

  • S1E7: Has a daughter named Ruby, who is 4.

Notable Episodes

Quotes


Grant (Kingsley Ben-Adir)

Grant (Kingsley Ben-Adir) at Sara's reception.
Grant (Kingsley Ben-Adir)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 10

Brief Description

The man who might be the one for Darby, despite not necessarily being Mr. Perfect.

Additional Information About Grant

  • S1E10: Is divorced and had issues with gambling.
    • Was introduced to Darby through Sara, at her wedding.

Notable Episodes

Quotes



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