The Nine Perfect Strangers cast includes Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Michael Shannon. This info article contains minor spoilers for the Hulu series. Visit the Know the Cast section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.
Nine Perfect Strangers takes place at a California wellness resort called Tranquillum House. Founder Masha Dmitrichenko selects her clients based on their personality traits and how they’ll collectively interact with each other. As the guests learn more about themselves, they also discover secrets about their host and her two loyal employees. Here’s a Know the Cast breakdown for every main performer and character in Nine Perfect Strangers, a Hulu adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s 2018 novel.
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Nicole Kidman as Masha Dmitrichenko
Character Profile: A former high-profile business CEO from Russia who survived an assassination attempt. She founded Tranquillum House in Cabrillo, California and accepts less than 10 percent of applicants. Masha receives creepy text messages from an unidentified person.
Kidman’s Resume: Claire Lewicki in Days of Thunder (1990), Isabel Archer in The Portrait of a Lady (1996), Alice Harford in Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Erin Bell in Destroyer (2018), Grace Fraser in The Undoing (2020)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Melissa McCarthy as Frances Welty
Character Profile: A well-known author who gets bought out of her contract. She’s been divorced three times and writes to escape from personal troubles. Frances struggles to develop meaningful relationships with humans.
McCarthy’s Resume: Molly Flynn in Mike & Molly (2010-16), Megan in Bridesmaids (2011), Mullins in The Heat (2013), Abby Yates in Ghostbusters (2016), Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Michael Shannon as Napoleon Marconi
Character Profile: A self-described “chronically-loquacious” teacher who chats with various residents at Tranquillum House. Napoleon attends the retreat with his wife and daughter three years after his son committed suicide. He feels guilty about oversleeping on the day of the tragedy.
Shannon’s Resume: Peter Evans in Bug (2006), John Givings in Revolutionary Road (2008), Curtis in Take Shelter (2011), Richard Strickland in The Shape of Water (2017), Walt Thrombey in Knives Out (2019)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Luke Evans as Lars Lee
Character Profile: A gay resident of Tranquillum House. He’s skeptical of Masha’s methods and sneaks items into the resort. Various characters seem to believe that Lars has ulterior motives for visiting Tranquillum House.
Evans’ Resume: Shaw in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Vlad in Dracula Untold (2014), Wilder in High-Rise (2015), Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (2017), John Moore in The Alienist (2018-20)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Asher Keddie as Heather Marconi
Character Profile: Napoleon’s wife who grieves her son’s death. She offers details about her sex life to other guests, and also suggests that her husband should have an affair. Heather resents Napoleon for his upbeat demeanor, as she feels that they are on two different emotional wavelengths.
Keddie’s Resume: Julia Jackson in Love My Way (2004-07), Dr. Carol Frost in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Nina Proudman in Offspring (2010-17), Zoe in Dark Whispers: Volume 1 (2019), Clare Kowitz in Stateless (2020)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Samara Weaving as Jessica Chandler
Character Profile: A social media influencer who visits Tranquillum House with her husband. She’s there to improve her marriage. Jessica stands up for herself during conversations and reveals different layers of her personality.
Weaving’s Resume: Penelope in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Bee in The Babysitter (2017), Grace in Ready or Not (2019), Thea in Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020), Clare Wood in Hollywood (2020)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Melvin Gregg as Ben Chandler
Character Profile: Jessica’s husband who doesn’t seem fully invested in the wellness experience. He won the lottery in the past and appears to suffer from an existential crisis. Ben notices that one of the guests is a former NFL star, a moment that sparks a discussion about work ethic.
Gregg’s Resume: DeMarcus Tillman in American Vandal (2018), Erick Scott in High Flying Bird (2019), Drew “Manboy” Miller in Snowfall (2019-), Marcus Parrish in The Way Back (2020), Joe Guy in The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Tiffany Boone as Delilah
Character Profile: A Tranquillum House employee. She reveals that her boss was sued for malpractice in the past. Delilah is a loyal employee who has intimate relationships with both Masha and Yao.
Boone’s Resume: Savannah Snow in Beautiful Creatures (2013), Mandy Lang in The Following (2014), Jerrika Little in The Chi (2018-19), Young Mia in Little Fires Everywhere (2020), Roxy Jones in Hunters (2020)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Manny Jacinto as Yao
Character Profile: A wellness consultant at Tranquillum House. He’s the person responsible for rescuing Masha after she was shot. Yao has a calming presence but also appears to be drugging guests with LSD.
Jacinto’s Resume: Quon in Once Upon a Time (2013), Wing Lei in The Romeo Section (2015), Waring “Wade” Espiritu in Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Jason Mendoza in The Good Place (2016-2020), Code in Brand New Cherry Flavor (2021)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Grace Van Patten as Zoe Marconi
Character Profile: Napoleon and Heather’s 21-year-old daughter. Her twin brother committed suicide three years prior. Zoe has panic attacks but tries to communicate with fellow guests.
Van Patten’s Resume: Ally Pontecorvo in The Sopranos (2006), Eliza in The Meyerowitz Stories (2017), Balloon Girl in Under the Silver Lake (2018), Olivia Meadows in Maniac (2018), Ana in Mayday (2021)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Regina Hall as Carmel Schneider
Character Profile: A Tranquillum House guest who wants to lose weight. She reveals that her husband left for a younger woman. Carmel makes passive-aggressive statements about Jessica, which seems to further reveal her own personal insecurities.
Hall’s Resume: Lena Wright in Love & Basketball, Brenda in the Scary Movie Franchise (2000-), Corretta Lipp in Ally McBeal (2001-02), Lisa Carter in The Hate U Give (2018), Dawn Towner in Black Monday (2019-)
Nine Perfect Strangers Cast: Bobby Cannavale as Tony “Smiley” Hogburn
Character Profile: A self-proclaimed ‘life-long bachelor” who doesn’t like talking about himself. It’s revealed that he’s a former NFL star whose career was cut short because of an injury. Tony has nightmares about the past and doesn’t seem to trust anybody at the wellness resort.
Cannavale’s Resume: Gyp Rosetti in Boardwalk Empire (2012), Chili in Blue Jasmine (2013), Paxton in Ant-Man (2015), Colin Belfast in Homecoming (2018-20), Skinny Razor in The Irishman (2019)
The Nine Perfect Strangers cast also includes Alyla Browne (Children of the Corn, Eden), Isabelle Cornish (Puberty Blues, Inhumans), Zoe Terakes (The End, Wentworth), Les Hill (Wonderland, Patricia Moore) and Ben Falcone (Enough Said, Office Christmas Party).
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