If you, too, have spent the latest phase of quarantine distracting yourself from the horrible weather and general terribleness of These Unprecedented Times by embarking on yet another rewatch of Gilmore Girls, have we got the show for you. Ginny and Georgia, which arrived on Netflix on February 24, starts with the same basic premise (and similarly alliterative title) as Gilmore Girls, then turns the craziness up to 11 (opens in new tab). The drama revolves around a young mother and her angsty teen daughter (opens in new tab)—and her young son, though he's sadly excluded from the show's title and most of its drama—who move to a small New England town. And that's pretty much where the similarities to Gilmore Girls end: In its 10 hourlong episodes, Ginny and Georgia proceeds to introduce a tangle of increasingly more intense plotlines that encompass everything from love triangles to childhood trauma to systemic racism to an ongoing murder investigation. The Lorelais could never!
Along the way to the show's cliffhanger-filled finale (opens in new tab), we're introduced to a wide range of characters across Wellsbury, Massachusetts, who are much nuttier and more diverse—and have way more skeletons in their closets—than anyone you'll meet in Stars Hollow. To help you keep track, here's your guide to the cast of Ginny and Georgia.
Antonia Gentry as Ginny Miller
Like her counterpart in the Amy Sherman-Palladino universe, 15-year-old Ginny finds herself taking on the role of the responsible adult in her household all too often. When she's not mothering her mother, she's coming to terms with her biracial identity, exploring her sexuality, and realizing that there are way more secrets in her family's past than she could've ever imagined.
Ginny and Georgia is a breakout role for Gentry, who graduated from Emory University the same week she auditioned for the show. Prior to this, she appeared in the Netflix film Candy Jar and in an episode of the streamer's series Raising Dion. Learn more about her here (opens in new tab).
Brianne Howey as Georgia Miller
As a 30-year-old mom of two, Georgia's main focus is giving her kids the stable, loving childhood she never had. Unfortunately, this becomes more and more difficult as secrets from her past begin coming to light in the wake of her husband's mysterious death.
With more than a decade in Hollywood behind her, this definitely isn't the first time you've seen Howey on your TV screen. Most recently, the California-born actress has appeared in Dollface, The Passage, and Batwoman, and in the 2019 rom-com Plus One.
Diesel La Torraca as Austin Miller
Though tragically excluded from the show's title and his mom and sister's matching G names, 9-year-old Austin is here, too! His main character traits seem to be a deep obsession with Harry Potter and an uncanny ability to pull off his very round, HP-inspired glasses.
He hasn't yet reached double digits, but La Torraca already has quite a bit of experience under his belt. He got his start in 2019's Little Monsters, opposite Lupita Nyong'o, and has since appeared in the TV shows Lambs of God and The Secrets She Keeps. He'll next star in Netflix's upcoming animated film Back to the Outback.
Jennifer Robertson as Ellen Baker
Ellen lives next door to the Millers' new home, and is a quintessential "wine mom." She's the mother of twins Maxine and Marcus, both of whom become fast friends with Ginny.
Robertson is easily most recognizable from her role as Jocelyn Schitt on Schitt's Creek, but the Canadian has also appeared in a ton of films and TV shows throughout her 20-year career, including several episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation and, next up, the film Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between.
Sara Waisglass as Maxine Baker
Ellen's daughter Maxine is bold, outspoken, and the coolest girl in school, and she quickly takes Ginny under her wing—though an ill-fated crush soon drives a painful rift between them.
Like her onscreen mom, Waisglass is also a Canadian with Degrassi on her resume: She starred as Frankie Hollingsworth in The Next Generation, Next Class, and even the Degrassi TV movie Don't Look Back. More recently, she's held recurring roles on Suits, Holly Hobbie, and October Faction.
Felix Mallard as Marcus Baker
Though troublemaker Marcus is basically the exact opposite of his twin sister Maxine, Ginny finds herself equally drawn to him—which is made a whole lot trickier by the existence of Marcus' girlfriend Padma.
Like many of his Australian brethren, Mallard got his start on the long-running soap opera Neighbours and several of its spinoffs before making his way to Hollywood. Since then, he's landed main roles on Happy Together, Locke & Key, and Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist.
Scott Porter as Paul Randolph
As the mayor of Wellsbury, Paul is your classic small-town nice guy. He's too busy trying to secure reelection—and a bit too clueless—to realize he might be getting taken advantage of by Georgia.
In "I feel old" news, the man now playing a charming 40-something is probably still most recognizable in our clear eyes and full hearts as a high-schooler, Jason from Friday Night Lights. In between then and now, he's also popped up in Hart of Dixie, Scorpion, Why Women Kill, and more.
Raymond Ablack as Joe
Georgia also can't keep herself from starting up a flirtation with Joe, a local restaurateur who seems gruff on the outside but is really just a big softie under those plaid shirts. (Remind you of anyone, Gilmore Girls fans?)
Another Canada native with Degrassi on his resume, Ablack played Sav on The Next Generation before going on to land roles in Orphan Black, Shadowhunters, and Narcos. Fun fact: He got his start as a child star, playing young Simba in stage productions of The Lion King in Toronto.
Mason Temple as Hunter Chen
Hunter is Ginny's new boyfriend, with whom she's able to open up about being biracial in a very white town. His awkward but sweet nice guy persona might pale in comparison to Marcus' dangerous, exciting one, but here's a tip, Ginny: Always choose the guy who willingly reads Pride & Prejudice for you.
Ginny & Georgia marks Temple's big break: The Canadian had previously only appeared in one episode each of iZombie and Six. Next up, you can catch him in Ruby, the Lifetime adaptation of V.C. Andrews' Ruby Landry novels.
Andrea Park is a Chicago-based writer and reporter with a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the extended Kardashian-Jenner kingdom, early 2000s rom-coms and celebrity book club selections. She graduated from the Columbia School of Journalism in 2017 and has also written for W, Brides, Glamour, Women's Health, People and more.
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