Know the Cast: ‘Sweet Girl’

Sweet Girl Cast - 2021 Netflix Movie

The Sweet Girl cast features Jason Momoa and Isabela Merced. This info article contains minor spoilers for Brian Andrew Mendoza’s 2021 Netflix movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

Sweet Girl follows Ray Cooper, a Pittsburgh native who struggles emotionally after his wife dies of cancer. He meets with a VICE journalist to help expose a Big Pharma company but then backs off after being attacked. Two years later, Ray and his daughter Rachel seek revenge. Here’s every main actor and character in Sweet Girl, a 2021 Netflix Original with one of the year’s biggest twists.

Sweet Girl Cast: Jason Momoa as Ray Cooper

Sweet Girl Cast Guide - Every Actor in the Netflix Movie

Character Profile: A Pittsburgh native who loses his wife Amanda to cancer. Ray looks after his daughter Rachel, and vows revenge against the BioPrime CEO who pulled a drug called Spero off the market. He’s later attacked on a train while meeting with a VICE journalist — a moment that kicks off the main storyline and sets up a climactic reveal.

Momoa’s Resume: Arthur Curry/Aquaman in the DCEU, Jason Ioane in Baywatch (1999-2001), Ronon Dex in Stargate: Atlantis (2005-09), Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones (2011-12), Baba Voss in See (2019)

Sweet Girl Cast: Isabela Merced as Rachel Cooper

Sweet Girl Cast - Isabela Merced as Rachel Cooper

Character Profile: Ray’s 18-year-old daughter, a Judo Olympian with a 3.5 GPA. Two years after her mother’s death, she worries about forgetting memories from her childhood. Rachel seems to follow her father throughout Sweet Girl, but a late-movie moment affects the context for each of her appearances.

Merced’s Resume: Young Nadia in The House That Jack Built (2013), Izabella in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), Isabel Reyes in Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), Lizzy in Instant Family (2018), Dora in Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

Sweet Girl Cast: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Amos Santos

Sweet Girl Cast - Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Amos Santos

Character Profile: A BioPrime henchman who tracks down Ray and Rachel. He survives an attack and then gets confronted at a roadside diner. Sweet Girl’s ending affects Amos’ perspective during earlier sequences.

Garcia-Rulfo’s Resume: Narciso Menendez in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (2014-15), Vasquez in The Magnificent Seven (2016), Biniamino Marquez in Murder on the Orient Express (2017), Gallo in Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), Carlos in Widows (2018)

Sweet Girl Cast: Amy Brenneman as Diana Morgan

Sweet Girl Cast - Amy Brenneman as Diana Morgan

Character Profile: A Pennsylvania congresswoman who opposes BioPrime’s business practices. She believes in safe, affordable medication. She wants to “clean out the rot” while campaigning for a democratic senate position. Diana is later implicated in a Big Pharma conspiracy.

Brenneman’s Resume: Eady in Heat (1995), Laura Walker in Fear (1996), Amy Gray in Judging Amy (1999-2005), Laurie Garvey in The Leftovers (2014-17), Diana Blackwood in Goliath (2019-)

Sweet Girl Cast: Adria Arjona as Amanda Cooper

Sweet Girl Cast - Adria Arjona as Amanda Cooper

Character Profile: Ray’s wife, a dancer. After a cancer diagnosis, she could potentially survive by taking the drug Spero. Amanda dies when BioPrime pulls the medication off the market.

Arjona’s Resume: Emily in True Detective (2015), Helena in Narcos (2015), Jules Reyes in Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), Yovanna in Triple Frontier (2019), Five in 6 Underground (2019)

Sweet Girl Cast: Justin Bartha as Simon Keeley

Sweet Girl Cast - Justin Bartha as Simon Keeley

Character Profile: The BioPrime CEO. He’s accused of bribing competitors and gets threatened by Ray on live television. Simon is later attacked in a bathroom; a moment that connects to a late-movie twist.

Bartha’s Resume: Riley Poole in National Treasure (2004), Doug in The Hangover (2009), Colin Morello in The Good Fight (2017-18), Howard Weitzman in Driven (2018), Robert Morgenthau in Godfather of Harlem (2021)

Sweet Girl Cast: Raza Jaffrey as Vinod Shaw

Sweet Girl Cast - Raza Jaffrey as Vinod Shaw

Character Profile: A Big Pharma executive who is described as “India’s Gordon Gekko” in a news headline. He’s tracked down by Ray, who wants to know if he ordered the murder of a VICE journalist, and why. As a character, Vinod receives little screen time but plays a significant role in the overall Sweet Girl narrative.

Jaffrey’s Resume: Father Bracken in Harry Brown (2009), Aasar Khan in Homeland (2014), Dr. Neal Hudson in Code Black (2015-16), Victor Dhar in Lost in Space (2018-), Keith Proctor in The Rhythm Section (2020)

Sweet Girl Cast: Lex Scott Davis as Sarah Meeker

Sweet Girl Cast - Lex Scott Davis as Sarah Meeker

Character Profile: An FBI detective who investigates several murders. She’s supportive of Rachel and tells her that she’s in control. As revealed in the second half of Sweet Girl, there’s a specific reason for her demeanor throughout the Netflix movie.

Davis’ Resume: Toni Braxton in Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart (2016), Alyse Craig in Training Day (2017), Nya in The First Purge (2018), Quiara Thompson in The L Word: Generation Q (2019-20), Cassidy Ray in Rebel (2021)

Sweet Girl Cast: Michael Raymond-James as John Rothman

Sweet Girl Cast - Michael Raymond-James as John Rothman

Character Profile: An FBI Detective. As a father, he provides advice to Sarah about protecting Rachel. John understands his colleague’s motivations, however the full extent of his knowledge about various cases doesn’t become apparent until the climax.

Raymond-James’ Resume: Rene Lenier in True Blood (2008-11), Britt Pollack in Terriers (2010), Linsky in Jack Reacher (2012), Neal Cassidy in Once Upon a Time (2012-16), Blake Kleinsasser in Big Sky (2021)


The Sweet Girl cast also includes Milena Rivero (Huracán , Tall Girl), Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie, 13 Hours), Nelson Franklin (Veep, Black-ish), Reggie Lee (Grimm, The Dark Knight Rises), Will Blagrove (Bloodline, Black Lightning), Brian Howe (The Newsroom, Westworld) and Marie Zoumanigui (I Love You… But I Lied, The Blacklist).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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