Who Are The Cast In The Politician?

Who Are The Cast In The Politician?

The Politician is the latest creation from Ryan Murphy and it has taken Netflix by storm. With multi-layered storylines and plots, high school politics has never been so treacherous.

If you have seen the show (review here), you will have been amazed by the sheer level of acting skill and talent on display. But who exactly are the actors that have made The Politician so incredible?

The Politician Cast


Ben Platt

Ben Platt plays the lead, Payton Hobart, in The Politician. Fans will already know Platt from his role in the Pitch Perfect movies however it was in the theatre production of Dear Evan Hansen that Platt won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

His father, producer Marc Platt, now owns to the film rights to the musical though it has yet to go into production. In the mean time, Platt has completed filming of Broken Diamonds, is currently filming Merrily We Roll Along and will also be in season 2 of The Politician.


Zoey Deutch

Zoey Deutch hails from LA and was born into a movie film with her father, Howard Deutch, an established director whose credits include Jane The Virgin, Young Sheldon, American Horror Story and Empire.

Netflix fans may already recognise Zoey from the hit rom-com Set It Up, Dirty Grandpa and Before I Fall. She is currently dating fellow actor Dylan Hayes and has just finished filming Most Dangerous Game which is set for release in 2020.


Lucy Boynton

British-American actress, Lucy Boynton is most known for her portraying Mary Austin in the biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody. Starring alongside Oscar winner Rami Malek, the two have been dating since 2018.

Netflix fans will also know her from her role as Allison in Gypsy as well as the horror, The Apostle. She has just finished the animated short, Glimpse, which will be released in 2020.


David Corenswet

Playing River Barkley in The Politician, David Corenswet is most well known for his role as Michael Lawson in Affairs of State. Other acting appearances include Instinct, House Of Cards and Elementary.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Corenswet is set to star in the upcoming Ryan Murphy project, Hollywood and he also attended Juilliard in New York City.


Julia Schlaepfer

Julia Schlaepfer plays Alice Charles, Payton's girlfriend in The Politician. Realtively new to the acting world, she has only starred in four shows including appearances in Instinct and Madam Secretary.

She attended acting school in NYC and graduated on the Dean's List.


Laura Dreyfuss

Laura Dreyfuss plays McAfee Westbrook, Payton's campaign manager and advisor in The Politician. She previously starred alongside Ben Platt in the hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen playing the role of Zoe Murphy.

She previously worked with Ryan Murphy on Glee and starred as Lana in the movie After Party. Unbelievably, Dreyfuss is actually 31 years old though she doesn't look a day of it!


Theo Germaine

Theo Germaine stars in The Politician as James Sullivan, Payton’s campaign manager, and advisor. Despite his acting chops he doesn't have a huge amount of tv/movie experience. He was in Adam which was released earlier in 2019 and plays the role of Chris in the upcoming Work In Progress.

Germaine, who identifies as trans non-binary, was raised in Chicago and has a background in theatre.


Rahne Jones

Rahne Jones plays Skye Leighton, River's, then Astrid's running mate in The Politician. Incredibly, Jones has no prior tv or movie experience, in fact she actually worked for the Department of Homeland Security for four years.

That said, she gained plenty of theatre and cabaret experience once she moved to New York. While she will no doubt star in season 2 of The Politician, she also has a wedding to plan as she is engaged to her partner Bridget Kelly.


Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange, who plays Dusty Jackson, Infinity's grandmother, is one of the finest actresses on the planet. She is the proud recipient of two Oscars for her roles in Tootsie and Blue Sky, five Golden Globes, a Tony and three Primetime Emmy's, two of which were for American Horror Story, also created by Ryan Murphy.

Lange has three children from two previous relationships with Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and playwright Sam Shepard.


Gwyneth Paltrow

One of the famous actresses in the world, Gwyneth Paltrow plays Georgina Hobart, Payton's mother. The Oscar-winning actress was previously married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin before the couple split in 2014 after 10 years of marriage.

Paltrow is now married to writer and director Brad Falchuk who co-created The Politician with Ryan Murphy. Incidentally, this is not the first time Paltrow and Murphy have worked together with Paltrow winning an Emmy for her performance in Glee in 2010.

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