Airing throughout summer 2020, DC’s Stargirl was a huge hit for The CW and DC Universe. While many of the show’s young cast are relatively new faces, here are some of the projects that you may recognise them from.
Following the show’s debut in May, DC’s Stargirl finished its 13-episode first season run in early August with “Stars and STRIPE: Part Two”. Household names including Luke Wilaon and Amy Smart were among the ensemble cast as were a selection of talented younger actors, many of whom are receiving their first wide acting exposure with the show.
However, the probability of wandering into Los Angeles and landing a Geoff Johns-led superhero show on your first audition is highly unlikely, if not impossible. Yes, although not as experienced as the aforementioned Wilson and Smart, no one was a total rookie.
Although these up-and-coming actors are currently occupying Blue Valley, Nebraska, where did they come from before? What had they been in? Let’s find out.
Brec Bassinger portrays the lead role of Courtney Whitmore, a teenager from California who moves to a small Nebraskan town named Blue Valley with her mother and new step-family. Courtney discovers her step-father Pat Dugan’s (Luke Wilson) past as a member of the Justice Society of America (JSA), eventually forming a new version of the group as superheroine Stargirl.
Prior to this role, Bassinger had appeared in several Nickelodeon projects including Bella and the Bulldogs, Haunted Hathaways and School of Rock. Ironically, Bassinger never appeared on the network’s superhero series, The Thundermans. Some of the actresses’ other projects have been Hulu miniseries All Night and the film Status Update (both 2018).
Yvette Monreal stars as Yolanda Montez, a once popular girl at Blue Valley High School, who becomes a social pariah after humiliating, revealing photos are leaked. After a tense start, Yolanda also becomes the first recruit to Courtney’s New JSA, as “Wildcat”.
Before winning the role of Yolanda, her portrayer Yvette Monreal had appeared in series such as The Fosters, Faking It, Matador and Awkward. In 2019, Monreal starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in “Rambo: Last Blood“.
Anjelika Washington plays another social outcast, of a very different variety. Beth Chapel is a quirky, vibrant girl who is considered a ‘nerd’ and thus does not having any friends. She even video calls her parents during lunch to have someone to interact with while eating. Eventually, Beth stumbles her way into Courtney’s new JSA as Dr. Mid-Nite.
Washington appeared in the 2019 Netflix Original Film, Tall Girl. Some of her other past projects include We’re Not Friends, Young Sheldon and Shameless.
Cameron Gellman plays Rick Tyler, a troubled high school delinquent, who rounds out the new JSA as Hourman. Rick is the son of the late original Hourman (Rex Tyler) and his likewise deceased wife Wendi, currently living with his maternal uncle Matt. He’s the last of the four to join the group but is no less important.
Before his role on Stargirl, Cameron Gellman had appeared in several television series. He’s had one episode guest star roles on The Fosters, The Middle, The Good Doctor and Let The Right One In. Gellman also had a major recurring role as Kurt Kelly in the first and only season of Heathers.
In the role of Courtney’s step-brother Mike Dugan, Trae Romano brings much-needed humour, levity and generally lighter scenes to balance out some of the darker moments. Mike is a fairly new addition to Courtney’s life and not neccesarily one that she’s used to at first however their relationship evolves over the course of season one.
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Other than Stargirl, Romano also appears in another 2020 television series, Robbie, playing the younger version of the title character. Stargirl co-star Eric Goins (The Gambler) also stars in the pilot episode.
To find out more about Trae Romano, check out the interview linked above.
Cindy Burman, Courtney’s high school nemesis, is brought to life by actress Meg DeLacy. In the show, Cindy is the daughter of Dr. Ito (otherwise known as Dragon King) and later becomes the supervillain known as Shiv – one of Stargirl’s primary enemies in DC Comics.
Meg DeLacy had begun her acting career long before stepping into Cindy’s shows. She’s guest-starred in shows such as The Rookie, Santa Clarita Diet, See Dad Run and had a long-term stint on The Fosters as Grace Mullen, Brandon’s girlfriend.
Jake Austin Walker
Unlike many of the other teenage characters on the show, Jake Austin Walker’s Henry King Jr is not even directly connected to Courtney – at least at first. He’s the ex-boyfriend of Yolanda and current boyfriend of Cindy. Although initially presented as a typical meathead jock character, Henry is shown to have far more depth than initially meets the eye.
Jake Austin Walker has also appeared in shows such as Rectify and Five Points, playing “Jared Talbot” and “Alex Baker” respectively. He has also had a single appearance on Fear the Walking Dead, which aired in 2016.
Uniquely compared to most other characters, Cameron Mahkent is fraternising with both sides of the JSA-ISA battle, albeit unknowingly. Hunter Sansone plays the son of ISA leader Icicle/Jordan Mahkent, who also happens to be Courtney’s budding love interest at Blue Valley High School.
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Although Stargirl is Hunter’s first major television role, he has a role in an upcoming Disney+ movie. This project is opposite actors such as Matthew Glave, Jay Reeves, IronE Singleton and Joe Knezevich, who portrayed The Wizard on Stargirl.
To find out more about Hunter Sansone, check out the interview linked above.
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