Know the Cast: ‘Vacation Friends’

The Vacation Friends cast includes John Cena, Meredith Hagner, Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji. This info article contains spoilers and character details for Clay Tarver’s 2021 Hulu movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

In Vacation Friends, a Chicago couple travels to Mexico for a brief getaway. They bond with fellow hotel guests who don’t seem worried about spending money or consuming illegal drugs. Seven months later, secrets are revealed about a drunken evening that led to a pregnancy. Here’s every main performer and character in the 2021 Hulu movie Vacation Friends.

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Vacation Friends Cast: Lil Rel Howery as Marcus

Vacation Friends Cast on Hulu - Lil Rel Howery as Marcus

Character Profile: The owner of Parker Construction Services in Chicago. He proposes to his girlfriend Emily in Mexico. Marcus displays passive behavior yet becomes more aggressive upon meeting a man named Ron.

Howery’s Resume: Bobby Carmichael in The Carmichael Show (2015-17), Rod Williams in Get Out (2017), Reggie in Tag (2018), Charlie in Bird Box (2018), Buddy in Free Guy (2021)

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Vacation Friends Cast: Yvonne Orji as Emily

Vacation Friends Cast on Hulu - Yvonne Orji as Emily

Character Profile: Marcus’ fiancee. She has a good time in Mexico but seems to be hiding a secret upon returning to America. Emily’s father clashes with Marcus.

Orji’s Resume: Molly Carter in Insecure (2016-20), Stacy in Jane the Virgin (2017), Maya in Night School (2018), Agent Rosetti in Spontaneous (2020)

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Vacation Friends Cast: John Cena as Ron

Vacation Friends Cast on Hulu - John Cena as Ron

Character Profile: A former Green Beret who works at Oregon National Cave Monument. He seems out of control in Mexico and later crashes Marcus and Emily’s wedding. Ron means well but makes questionable choices throughout the movie.

Cena’s Resume: A WWE Superstar — Also, Danny Fisher in 12 Rounds (2009), Steven in Trainwreck (2015), Agent Burns in Bumblebee (2018), Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad (2021)

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Vacation Friends Cast: Meredith Hagner as Kyla

Vacation Friends Cast on Hulu - Meredith Hagner as Kyla

Character Profile: Ron’s quirky girlfriend. She makes distasteful jokes in Mexico and does the same thing at Marcus and Emily’s wedding. Kyla loves Ron and so she goes along with his plan to befriend their American friends from the Mexico trip.

Hagner’s Resume: Liberty Ciccone in As the World Turns (2006-10), Amy in Men at Work (2012-14), Libby in Royal Pains (2009-16), Portia Davenport in Search Party (2016-), Charlotte in Ingrid Goes West (2017)

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Vacation Friends Cast: Robert Wisdom as Harold

Vacation Friends Cast on Hulu - Robert Wisdom as Harold

Character Profile: Emily’s father who doesn’t seem to respect Marcus. He’s the Dean of the Emory Business School. Harold changes his opinions about Marcus after getting drunk with his future son-in-law’s employees at the wedding.

Wisdom’s Resume: Tito Biondi in Face/Off (1997), Jack Lauderdale in Ray (2004), Detective Cohagan in The Loft (2014), Dennis in Ballers (2015-19), Caretaker/Henry in Helstrom (2020)

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Vacation Friends Cast: Lynn Whitfield as Suzanne

Vacation Friends Cast on Hulu - Lynn Whitfield as Suzanne

Character Profile: Harold’s wife. She’s less than domineering than her husband and reaches out to Marcus. Suzanne bonds with fellow females throughout the movie.

Whitfield’s Resume: Josephine Baker in The Josephine Baker Story (1991), Roz Batiste in Eve’s Bayou (1997), Debra Lassiter in Head of State (2003), Mary Walker in How to Get Away with Murder (2014-2015), Lady Mae Greenleaf in Greenleaf (2016-20)

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Vacation Friends Cast: Andrew Bachelor as Gabe

Vacation Friends Cast on Hulu - Andrew Bachelor as Gabe

Character Profile: Emily’s brother. He’s still mad about being punched by Marcus in the past. Gabe intends to embarrass his future brother-in-law but only causes more problems for himself.

Bachelor’s Resume: T.J. Gigak in The Mindy Project (2014-15), John in The Babysitter (2017), Max in When We First Met (2018), Greg in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018), Neil in Holidate (2020)

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The Vacation Friends cast also includes Tawny Newsome (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, Space Force), Barry Rothbart (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Happytime Murders), Kamal Bolden (The Resident, Keys to the City), Denise Burse (Black Mirror, Manifest) and Chuck Cooper (Find Me Guilty, Power).

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