Meet The Characters of Lifetime’s YOU

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The following is a character guide for the Lifetime program You and their status throughout the series (with spoilers).


Characters description and pictures used are changed as notable information is presented and better screenshots are taken. Especially if they represent their personality better.

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Penn Badgley/Gianni Ciardiello As Joe/Young Joe

Joe looking over his shoulder.

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

Who Is Joe

Joe is a young man with issues. Most of which deal with trust and being abused a bit growing up. Yet, he is a bit of a hopeless romantic. Problem is, his ideas of romance, and what is appropriate, stems from romantic comedies. Thus making him feel some of his actions, from stalking to violent acts, are justifiable – as long as they are for love.

Quote(s)

No matter how destroyed it seems, it can always be saved.
— Joe | You: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot”

The most valuable things in life are usually the most helpless.
— Joe | You: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot”


Elizabeth Lail As Beck

Beck trying to connect with Joe and get her freedom.

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

Who Is Beck

Beck is the focus of Joe’s affection and is an MFA student who largely is unremarkable. That is until certain events of the series spring her career forward and coerce her to take her writing more seriously than she formerly had.


Lou Taylor Pucci As Benji

Benji trying to break Joe's rose colored glasses.
Benji: She’s branded the living shit out of herself.

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

Who Is Benji

Benji is the man Beck has an on again and off again relationship when we are introduced to her. He doesn’t take Beck seriously but it is assumed that, because he is rich, she takes being with him – when possible – very serious.


Shay Mitchell As Peach

Peach looking towards Beck who is clearly smitten.

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

Who Is Peach

Arguably, Peach is Beck’s closest friend and some would say she might see Beck as more than something innocent. However, with Peach being a Salinger, yes, a Salinger, i.e. Catcher in the Rye, that is just something assumed and certainly not true. Her interest in Beck is just because she is a sweet girl, a decent writer, and certainly more trustworthy than the other girls in Peach’s friend group.


Luca Padovan As Paco

Paco smiling.

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

Who Is Paco

Paco is Joe’s next door neighbor and might just be someone who helps provide a bit of insight into Joe’s childhood. Not word for word, action for action, but Paco is close enough to Joe’s life and story that he dotes on the kid. Takes him under his wing like he was his biological little brother. Thus giving Paco an escape from the domestic violence happening in his home.


Daniel Cosgrove As Ron

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

Who Is Ron

Ron is Claudia’s on again and off again boyfriend who is abusive, controlling, and doesn’t trust Joe a bit. Maybe because he knows he could expose who he is to all of Ron’s cop friends. Yet, considering how well-connected Ron is said to be, it might not matter what Joe might say.


Victoria Cartagena As Claudia

Claudia (Victoria Cartagena) talking to Joe about Ron.
Claudia (Victoria Cartagena)

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

Who Is Claudia

Claudia is Paco’s mom, Ron’s girlfriend, and is a nurse. She also has a bit of an issue with drugs and that has isolated her a bit from most of her family. Thus allowing Ron to have a strong grip on her life with very little able to pry him away.


Mark Blum As Mr. Mooney

Mr. Mooney admonishing and abusing Joe.
Mr. Mooney (Mark Blum): You learn the value of these books.

First Noted In:  Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Last Nice Guy In New York”

Who Is Mr. Mooney

An old man when we meet him, barely able to do much, he is the closest thing to family Joe has. However, when it comes to Joe’s youth, there are little to no nice moments between him and Mr. Mooney who only added to Joe’s trauma.


Manini Gupta As Maddie

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Last Nice Guy In New York”

Who Is Maddie

Maddie is a friend of Joe’s ex Candace who helps fill in some details, when Beck asks about her, late in the first season.


Reg Rogers As Professor Paul Leahy

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “The Last Nice Guy In New York”

Who Is Professor Leahy

Originally, he was Beck’s MFA professor. However, after he made a move on her, she makes the necessary moves to make it so he can’t silence her. That and so she can keep the benefits of being a TA – like cheaper rent. Leaving him to just be another creep at her university.


Hari Nef As Blythe

Blythe questioning what Beck is doing?
Blythe: Are we really going to do that?

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

Who Is Blythe

Blythe is everything Beck wishes she was. Someone well-traveled whose stories, written or verbalized, capture the focus of all in the room. But, despite being quite interesting to most, Blythe isn’t someone who tries to intimidate Beck. If anything, she is probably one of the most encouraging. In fact, unlike Peach and Joe, she might be the only one who pushes Beck without an ulterior motive.


Christine Toy Johnson As Professor Mott

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

Who Is Professor Mott

She replaces Professor Leahy, as Beck’s MFA professor, after Beck threatens to expose him.


Michael Park As Edward

Edward, Beck's dad.

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

Who Is Edward

He is Beck’s dad who she often claims is dead, but really is just dead to her. It’s because of him leaving her mom, who was left worse for wear, and for him not supporting her after an incident when she was a child. Now he seemingly has been trying to win her back, with money, for years.


Emily Bergl As Nancy

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

Who Is Nancy

Edward’s new wife who doesn’t really like Beck, but is very passive aggressive about it.


Mercedes Griggeth As Mia

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

Who Is Mia

Beck’s sister in law who is a little less passive about her distaste for Beck.


Kathryn Gallagher As Annika

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 5 “Living With The Enemy”

Who Is Annika

One of Peach’s crew who has a love/ hate relationship with her. But with her being one of Beck x Joe’s biggest supporters, he befriends her and tries to use her to tame Peach. That backfires though.


Reggie Gowland As Roger Stevens

Roger insulting Beck when she rebuffs his advances.
Roger Stevens (Reggie Gowland): Jesus, no wonder I couldn’t get through your stuff.

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 5 “Living With The Enemy”

Who Is Roger Stevens

He is a literary agent who is a friend of Peach who she pushes to take an interest in Beck. Unfortunately, his attention leads to a Professor Leahy moment.


Ambyr Childers As Candace

Candace smiling and laughing.

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6 “Amour Fou”

Who Is Candace

Joe’s ex who is, or rather was, a musician. For most of the season, we’re left wondering if she is dead or alive and whether Joe took care of any and all who could question him having to do with it.


Michael Maize As Nico

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6 “Amour Fou”

Who Is Nico

Just a Greenwich, Connecticut cop who suspects Joe is lying when he decides to take a trip up there.


Gerrard Lobo As Raj

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6 “Amour Fou”

Who Is Raj

Someone Peach tries to use to initiate a threesome between her, Raj, and Beck.


John Stamos As Dr. Nicky

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 7 “Everythingship”

Who Is Dr. Nicky

Beck’s therapist who tries to help her understand and deal with her issues with her father as well as Joe. Someone who he ends up counseling as well, but with him not knowing Joe’s identity.


Natalie Paul As Karen

Karen (Natalie Paul) and Joe after having sex.
Karen (Natalie Paul): I love you, Joe

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 7 “Everythingship”

Who Is Karen

Claudia’s sister who ends up dating Joe for a while. Leading to Paco getting to see his aunt more than even and giving him a serious family vibe.


Nicole Kang As Lynn

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 7 “Everythingship”

Who Is Lynn

Lynn is Peach’s other friend who Joe doesn’t really interact with as much and doesn’t have the same social media following Annika has. However, like Annika and Peach, she comes from a rich family. Also, like Annika, she has a serious love/hate relationship with Peach.


Ryan Andes As Ross

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 10 “Bluebeard’s Castle”

Who Is Ross

Ross is a hired private investigator who looks into a crime which happens towards the middle of the season.


Zach Cherry as Ethan

Ethan enraptured by Blythe.

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

Who Is Ethan

Ethan is the only other person we see working in Mr. Mooney’s bookstore, which Joe runs but is often not at.

How each character’s story ends each season is on page 2 – Spoilers!

Updated either upon character’s death or season recap is done.

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