The latest show to take the internet by storm is a survival drama, psychological thriller, and trauma and grief mediation all rolled into one – and that’s before it comes to any fan theories. In the Showtime hit Yellow jackets, a high school football team heading to the national championships find themselves stranded in the wild for nineteen months. The immediate consequences are a timeline; in another, 25 years later, we see how the survivors were affected by their time in the wilderness, as they hid the horror of what they had to do to survive.
In addition to the twisted and mysterious story, the series, which has already been renewed for season 2, also features an incredible cast. The show features the actors behind our favorite ’90s heroines paired with rising stars playing their teenage versions. (Seriously, the resemblance is disturbing). Here is our guide to the characters of Yellow jackets, and … just where you’ve seen all these amazing actresses before.
Melanie Lynskey as Shauna
Shauna, the first survivor we meet, is a stay-at-home mom who still lives in her hometown. Faced with issues with her marriage and parenting her teenage daughter, the last thing she needs is a reporter sniffing around what really happened after the plane crash.
Australian actress Lynskey has appeared in several cult classic and indie films, including Celestial creatures and But i’m a cheerleader, as well as the shows stone castle and Two and a half men. His last role was Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in Netflix comedy Do not seek.
Sophie Nélisse as teenager Shauna
As a teenager, Shauna is calmer than her other teammates and usually stands in the shadow of her best friend, Jackie. However, she also has an intense side that emerges on the ground in the wilderness, and she has some big secrets that she is hiding from Jackie.
Nélisse grew up in Montreal, Canada, and got her first roles as a child actress in French-Canadian films. Before Yellow jackets, she starred in the big screen adaptation of The Book Thief, as well as the films 47 meters lower: without cage and Pawn sacrifice.
Juliette Lewis as Natalie
Natalie is a recovering drug addict who has dealt with the trauma of the wilderness and other life events with alcohol and substances. After receiving mysterious letters about the crash, she returns to New Jersey to catch anyone behind them.
Lewis became an awards darling after appearing in several independent films in the 90s, including Cap Fear, What is Gilbert Raisin eating?, Born killers, and From dusk to dawn. She also starred in the family drama August: Osage County and the roller derby movie Whip it.
Sophie Thatcher as Natalie, the teenager
Teenager Natalie has a difficult family life and is called “burnout” for drinking and using drugs with her friends outside of the team. However, she remains a dedicated player and she is not afraid to stand up for herself and others.
Thatcher has appeared on several network shows since her first television role in Chicago PD in 2016. Her biggest roles to date are the miniseries When the street lights come on and romantic comedy The man of tomorrow.
Tawny Cypress as Taissa
When we first see Taissa as an adult, it’s through a campaign ad for his run for the State Senate, despite the surviving Yellowjackets agreeing to keep a low profile. When she’s not dodging questions about the accident during the election campaign, she is raising her young son with his wife.
Fans may recognize Cypress from her supporting roles on several hit shows, including Hero, Card castle, the good woman, and Billion. The actress is also from New Jersey, like her character Tai.
Jasmin Savoy Brown as Teenage Taissa
Teen Taissa is determined and a little bit relentless when it comes to achieving her goals, which are evident in the field and in nature.
Brown, originally from California, has appeared on several shows, including legal drama Shonda Rhimes. For the people and the HBO drama Leftovers. Then she should appear in this year’s pick of Scream.
Christina Ricci as Misty
As an adult, Misty worked as a nursing home nurse. She has a bad history with the other survivors, so when Natalie approaches her about the cryptic letters, she doesn’t know if Misty is another victim or the one who sent them.
Ricci made his debut in the industry as a child star, playing Addams on Wednesday in The Addams Family and Addams Family Values movie theater. Some of his most notable films include Casper, Penelope, Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, Prozac Nation, and Lizzie Borden took an ax.
Samantha Hanratty as Teenage Misty
Teen Misty is the team’s ball girl, who is mostly kept away from the team and is bullied by other girls at school. After the plane crash, she becomes a central figure of the group thanks to her survival skills, even though no one really trusts her.
Hanratty made her debut as a teenage actress on the Disney and Nickelodeon shows (Drake and Josh, iCarly, shake it, works). After his several-season run on The sequel life of Zach and Cody, she also appeared in the shows Grow daisies, The vampire diary, and Shameless.
Ella Purnell as Teen Jackie
The popular Jackie is the team captain with a devoted best friend, Shauna, and her boyfriend, Jeff. She also has insecurities that emerge after the crash as she loses her influence on the team.
Purnell’s first role was in the dystopian film Never let Me Go, and since then she has appeared in several films, including Maleficent, Kick Ass 2, and Army of the dead. She also voices Jinx in Netflix’s League of Legends adaptation. Esoteric.
Courtney Eaton as Teenage Lottie
Team member Lottie is pretty immediately panicked by the woods, which puts her at odds with Taissa. She’s also the first to notice that there may be something more sinister behind their time in the wilderness.
Australian actress Eaton had her first acting role in Mad Max: Fury Road as one of Immortan Joe’s wives. She also starred in films Gods of egypt and Course of action.
Warren Kole as Jeff
Shauna and her husband Jeff have a strained relationship early in the series, after they married young. He also knew the team before the crash and had a complicated relationship with Shauna and Jackie at the time.
Kole has a stacked television career, with roles on network shows 24, Common law, What follows, and Shades of blue. He also recently appeared on the Paramount + show. Why do women kill.
Steven Krueger as Ben coach
The Yellowjackets’ assistant coach is the only adult to survive the plane crash and must teach teens everything he knows about survival, including hunting.
Krueger is best known among CW fans for playing Josh in The originals and Heath in Roswell, New Mexico. He also appeared on Pretty little Liars, Good problem, Parenting, and Two and a half men.