The Scenes from a Marriage cast features Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. This info article contains spoilers and character details for the HBO limited series. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 miniseries, Scenes from a Marriage focuses on an American couple looking for true happiness. Jonathan values his academic lifestyle, while Mira seems content with her professional success in the tech industry. As the parents of a four-year-old girl, the main protagonists experience a mid-life crisis after making a difficult familial decision. Here’s every main performer and character in HBO’s Scenes from a Marriage, a five-part series directed by Hagai Levi.
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Scenes from a Marriage Cast: Oscar Isaac as Jonathan
Character Profile: A 41-year-old philosophy teacher at Tufts University. He defines himself as a asthmatic, democrat and academic but doesn’t seem to truly enjoy being a father. Jonathan experiences an existential dilemma when his wife, Mira, becomes pregnant with their second child.
Isaac’s Resume: Llewyn Davis in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Nathan in Ex Machina (2014), Poe Dameron in the Star Wars Franchise (2015-), Nick Wasicsko in Show Me a Hero (2015), Duke Leto Atreides in Dune (2021)
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Scenes from a Marriage Cast: Jessica Chastain as Mira
Character Profile: A 39-year-old VP of production management at a tech company. She allows her husband a certain amount of control at home, as he makes less money but takes care of their daughter. Like Jonathan, Mira can’t figure out what makes her happy beyond family and professional pursuits.
Chastain’s Resume: Mrs. O’Brien in The Tree of Life, Maya in Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Murph in Interstellar (2014), Molly Bloom in Molly’s Game (2017), Beverly Marsh in It Chapter Two (2019)
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Scenes from a Marriage Cast: Nicole Beharie as Kate
Character Profile: Jonathan and Mira’s friend, a web designer. She has an open relationship with her husband, Peter. Kate experiences marital conflict while coping with a break-up from her side-partner.
Beharie’s Resume: Marianne in Shame (2011), Rachel Robinson in 42 (2013), Abbie Mills in Sleepy Hollow (2013-17), Turquoise in Miss Juneteenth (2020), Madeline Ryan in Little Fires Everywhere (2020)
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Scenes from a Marriage Cast: Corey Stoll as Peter
Character Profile: Kate’s husband. He tries to avoid discussing marital issues while having dinner with Jonathan and Mira. Peter feels deeply hurt by his wife’s recent behavior, despite agreeing to an open relationship.
Stoll’s Resume: Detective Tomas Jaruszalski in Law & Order: LA (2010-11), Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris (2011), Peter Russo in House of Cards (2013-16), Ephraim Goodweather in The Strain (2014-17), Michael Prince in Billions (2020-)
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Scenes from a Marriage Cast: Sunita Mani as Daniella
Character Profile: A Tufts University student pursuing a PhD in Gender Studies and Psychology. She’s interested in how evolving gender norms affect monogamous marriages. Daniella interviews Jonathan and Mira about various aspects of their relationship.
Mani’s Resume: Trenton in Mr. Robot (2015-19), Pia in Search Party (2016), Chad in The Good Place (2016), Arthie Premkumar in GLOW (2017-19), Detective Jaya Mukherjee in Ultra City Smiths (2021)
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Scenes from a Marriage Cast: Shirley Rumierk as Dr. Varona
Character Profile: A doctor who meets with Mira about an abortion process. She informs Jonathan about the specifics, which seems to give him second thoughts about the decision.
Rumierk’s Resume: Livvy in 11:55 (2016), Simon’s Wife in Collateral Beauty (2016), Vanessa Suarez in Rise (2018), Autumn Cox in Manifest (2018-19), Yolanda Carrion in Teenage Bounty Hunters (2020)
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Scenes from a Marriage premiered in September 2021 on HBO.
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