The Edge of Seventeen cast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson and Haley Lu Richardson. This article contains spoilers for the 104-minute 2016 film (now streaming on Netflix). Take a look at more streaming guides in the Know the Cast section.
Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen follows a rebellious teenage girl who clashes with friends and family. American actress Hailee Steinfeld stars as the protagonist Nadine and captures feelings of angst and social detachment with her standout performance. Here’s a Know the Cast breakdown of the six main players in the coming-of-age drama.
The Edge of Seventeen Cast: Hailee Steinfeld as Nadine Franklin
Character Profile: A Portland, Oregon teenager who struggles to maintain healthy relationships. She resents her best friend for developing a romance with her brother, and clashes with her mother over petty issues. After losing her father years prior, Nadine develops a meaningful bond with her teacher Max and history classmate Erwin.
Steinfeld’s Resume: Mattie Ross in True Grit, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Emily in Pitch Perfect 2, Charlie in Bumblebee, Emily Dickinson in Dickinson
The Edge of Seventeen Cast: Haley Lu Richardson as Krista
Character Profile: Nadine’s best friend who hooks up with her brother, Darian. Krista provides emotional support to both siblings and waits patiently as they resolve their issues.
Richardson’s Resume: Claire Benoit in Split, Casey in Columbus, Sylvia Hermann in Operation Finale, Stella in Five Feet Apart
The Edge of Seventeen Cast: Blake Jenner as Darian Franklin
Character Profile: Nadine’s well-meaning older brother. He’s the archetypal Cool Guy on the surface, but all he really wants is to feel less pressure while looking after his mother and sister. Darian appreciates Krista because she makes him feel his age.
Jenner’s Resume: Ryder Lynn in Glee, Jake in Everybody Wants Some!, Tommy in Within, Chas in American Animals, Sean Donovan in What/If
The Edge of Seventeen Cast: Kyra Sedgwick as Mona Franklin
Character Profile: Nadine’s mother who looks for romance. She’s still grieving the death of her husband and inadvertently puts pressure on Darian to be a father figure for his sister.
Sedgwick’s Resume: Emma Rae King in Something to Talk About, Lace Pennamin in Phenomenon, Vicki in The Woodsman, Brenda Leigh Johnson in The Closer, Madeline Wuntch in Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Edge of Seventeen Cast: Woody Harrelson as Max Bruner
Character Profile: Nadine’s snarky teacher who consistently teases her. Max seems to understand that she’s going through a difficult time and makes small gestures that don’t go unnoticed. Nadine assumes that her teacher is an unhappy single man, but he’s actually married and has a newborn child.
Harrelson’s Resume: Woody Boyd in Cheers, Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt, Tallahassee in Zombieland, Marty Hart in True Detective
The Edge of Seventeen Cast: Hayden Szeto as Erwin Kim
Character Profile: Nadine’s love interest with a passion for animation. He lives alone in a luxurious home while his parents are away for three months. Erwin reaches out to Nadine and ultimately convinces her to attend his film screening, resulting in a heart-warming climax.
Szeto’s Resume: Brad Chang in Truth or Dare, Corporate in Lodge 49, Matt in Come As You Are, Pono Palima in Magnum P.I., Officer Chang in Yes Day
The Edge of Seventeen cast also includes Alexander Calvert (Supernatural), Eric Keenleyside (Unspeakable), Nesta Cooper (See) and Meredith Monroe (Dawson’s Creek).
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