Swimming With Sharks Cast & Character Guide

A reference guide for Roku’s “Swimming With Sharks,” including character descriptions, names of actors, quotes from the series, and more.


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Title Card - Swimming With Sharks Season 1 Episode 1 Chapter One [Premiere]

A reference guide for Roku’s “Swimming With Sharks,” including character descriptions, names of actors, quotes from the series, and more.


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

Groups & Organizations

  • Fountain Pictures (1.1): The motion picture company the majority of the cast work for

Notable Locations & Items

  • Aldridge Treatment Center (1.5): Where Lou was before she went to Hollywood

Other Noteworthy Information

  • Wanderlust Chronicles (1.1): Meredith’s book series
    • Story (1.4): Is an interracial romance between a Black guy and a white girl

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Lou (Kiernan Shipka)

Lou (Kiernan Shipka) in Joyce's office
Lou (Kiernan Shipka)

From Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lou Simms is a 22-year-old who has an infatuation with Joyce Holt that led her to interning at Fountain Pictures to be close to her.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter One”
  • Parents (1.4): Doesn’t know her father
  • Birthday (1.5): It is in June, and she is a Gemini
  • Full Name (1.5): Tallulah Simms
  • Real Name (1.5): April Mace

Quotes

Joyce (Diane Kruger)

Joyce (Diane Kruger) in bed, after taking a shot to get pregnant
Joyce (Diane Kruger)

Joyce Holt is the current CEO of Fountain Pictures, who moved to Hollywood when she was 19 and has moved up in ranks ever since.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter One”
  • Former Occupation (1.1): Was an actress at one time
  • Full Name and Origin (1.2): Joyce Mueller Holt from Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Parents (1.4): She doesn’t know her dad and hasn’t seen her mom in 20 years
  • Pregnancy (1.4): Has been trying to get pregnant for 3 years
  • Length of Marriage (1.5): 16 years

Quotes

As a woman here, you start to feel like you’re supporting a system that doesn’t want to support you.
— Joyce (1.4)

My personal life is not for you to judge or for me to justify.
— Joyce (1.5)

Marty (Finn Jones)

Martin (Finn Jones) in a strip club talking
Martin (Finn Jones)

Martin Bruhl is the VP of Production at Fountain Pictures.

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Quotes

Redmond (Donald Sutherland)

Redmond (Donald Sutherland) in his living room, in a hospital bed
Redmond (Donald Sutherland)

When we meet Redmond, he is the president of Fountain Pictures, a position he inherited, and he is dying. This seems like a blessing to all since Redmond is racist, sexist, and vulgar. However, he goes into remission, and the devil gets to live a bit longer.

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Quotes

Meredith (Erika Alexander)

Meredith (Erika Alexander) laughing off Joyce's proposal
Meredith (Erika Alexander)

An accomplished writer, Meredith Lockhart is very much about authenticity and being in artist-driven spaces and punk rock – even as she wears the most expensive thing in the room.

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Quotes

Travis (Thomas Dekker)

Travis (Thomas Dekker) and Alex (Ross Butler) setting the tone for the interns
Travis (Thomas Dekker) and Alex (Ross Butler)

Travis is a 24-year-old gay man who is one of two assistants under Joy, and he has been doing the job for years.

Additional Information

Quotes

Finest trick of the devil is persuading you he doesn’t exist.
— Travis (1.3)

Alex (Ross Butler)

Travis (Thomas Dekker) and Alex (Ross Butler) setting the tone for the interns
Travis (Thomas Dekker) and Alex (Ross Butler)

A Harvard graduate, and recovering addict, between Alex and Travis, Alex is the nicer of the two when it comes to Joyce’s assistants.

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Quotes

Miles (Gerardo Celasco)

Miles (Gerardo Celasco) trying to hit on Lou
Miles (Gerardo Celasco)

Miles is Joyce’s husband, who is an artist that grew up rich.

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Quotes

Nick (Leonardo Nam)

Nick (Leonardo Nam) revealing Lou's real identity
Nick (Leonardo Nam)

A friend of Travis who is a hacker and private investigator.

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Quotes

Detective Witter (Angel Laketa Moore)

Detective Witter (Angela Laketa Moore) discovering Lou's obsession with Joyce
Detective Witter (Angela Laketa Moore)

A detective who is looking into Lou’s case.

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Quotes

Olive (Kathleen Robertson)

Olive Mace (Kathleen Robertson) saying to Lou that this is her moment, and she deserves to be part of it
Olive Mace (Kathleen Robertson)

Olive is April’s mom, who had dreams of living in Hollywood and making it.

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Quotes


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