Know the Cast: ‘The Big Leap’ Season 1

The Big Leap Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the Fox Series

The Big Leap cast includes Piper Perabo, Scott Foley and Teri Polo. This info article contains minor spoilers for the Fox series. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

Created by Liz Heldens, The Big Leap follows dancers who compete on a reality TV show. The executives plan a modern remake of “Swan Lake,” but what they actually want is juicy drama that will keep viewers tuning in week after week. Here’s a full rundown of all the main players in The Big Leap.

The Big Leap Cast: Scott Foley as Nick Blackburn

The Big Leap Cast - Scott Foley as Nick Blackburn

Character Profile: The executive producer of ‘The Big Leap.” He wants all the drama amongst cast members to be recorded, and also strategizes for potential storylines that will intrigue viewers. Nick begins a sexual relationship with his colleague Monica.

Foley’s Resume: Noel Crane in Felicity (1998-2002), Roman Bridger in Scream 3 (2000), Bob Brown in The Unit (2006-09), Henry Burton in Grey’s Anatomy (2010-), Jake Ballard in Scandal (2013-18)

The Big Leap Cast: Simone Recasner as Gabby Lewis

The Big Leap Cast - Simone Recasner as Gabby Lewis

Character Profile: A former dancer at Dolores Huerta High School. Before attending NYU, she discovers that her boyfriend Justin is gay. Seven years later, they compete together on “The Big Leap,” though Gabby is mostly interesting in a developing relationship with her dance partner, Reggie.

Recasner’s Resume: Mia in Sink Sank Sunk (2018), Que in Tech Bae (2018)

The Big Leap Cast: Teri Polo as Julia Perkins

The Big Leap Cast - Teri Polo as Julia Perkins

Character Profile: A former ballet dancer and current vlogger. She has severe marital problems at home. Julia finds an emotional release by performing on “The Big Leap” stage.

Polo’s Resume: Char in The Arrival (1996), Pam Byrnes in the Meet the Parents Franchise (2000-), Helen Santos in The West Wing (2005-06), Stef Adams Foster in The Fosters (2013-18) and Good Trouble (2019-)

The Big Leap Cast: Mallory Jansen as Monica Sullivan

The Big Leap Cast - Mallory Jansen as Monica Sullivan

Character Profile: An executive/choreographer for “The Big Leap.” She’s a no-nonsense type who throws a chair at one of the competitors. Monica pursues a sexual relationship with Nick but establishes a firm set of rules.

Jansen’s Resume: Caroline Huntington in Young & Hungry (2014), Queen Madalena in Galavant (2015-16), Aida in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2016-17), Margot in Shooter (2018), Jennifer Holloway in On the 12th Date of Christmas (2020)

The Big Leap Cast: Piper Perabo as Paula Clark

The Big Leap Cast - Piper Perabo as Paula Clark

Character Profile: A breast cancer survivor. She’s also the VP of Restructuring at an auto company. Paula flirts with a competitor named Mike, unaware that she’s responsible for him being unemployed.

Perabo’s Resume: Violet Sanford in Coyote Ugly (2000), Julia McCullough in The Prestige (2006), Annie Walker in Covert Affairs (2010-14), Leah Banning in Angel Has Fallen (2019), Linda Craft in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020)

The Big Leap Cast: Ser’Darius Blain as Reggie Sadler

The Big Leap Cast - Ser'Darius Blain as Reggie Sadler

Character Profile: A Detroit Lions tight end who loses all of his endorsements. He receives a spot on “The Big Leap” because it will lead to bigger ratings. Reggie trains hard with Gabby while being pursued by a fellow contestant named Brittney.

Blain’s Resume: Woody in Footloose (2011), Carter in Jane by Design (2012), Young Fridge in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Galvin Burdette in Charmed (2018-19), Young Takoda in The Last Full Measure (2019)

The Big Leap Cast: Kevin Daniels as Wayne Fontaine

The Big Leap Cast - Kevin Daniels as Wayne Fontaine

Character Profile: A judge for “The Big Leap.” He’s a divorcee who is the most genuine of the main executives. Wayne takes a progressive approach with his “Swan Lake” production.

Daniels’ Resume: Michael Jordan “Mack” Mackenzie in Daria (1999), Longinus in Modern Family (2010-19), Hank in Sirens (2014-15), Coach Briggs in Atypical (2017-), Lamar in Why Women Kill (2019)

The Big Leap Cast: Jon Rudnitsky as Mike Devries

The Big Leap Cast - Jon Rudnitsky as Mike Devries

Character Profile: An unemployed auto worker who also gets kicked out of his spin class. Mike intends to reunite with his girlfriend by proving his worth on “The Big Leap.” Executives are pleased by his chemistry with Paula.

Rudnitsky’s Resume: Saturday Night Live Cast Member (2015-16), Mike in Set It Up (2018), Asher in Champions (2018), Ned Ludd in Big Hero 6: The Series (2018-19), McWatt in Catch-22 (2019)

The Big Leap Cast: Anna Grace Barlow as Brittney Lovewell

The Big Leap Cast - Anna Grace Barlow as Brittney Lovewell

Character Profile: The archetypal “Mean Girl” of the main female competitors. She makes rude comments about Gabby and trolls her by flirting with Reggie. She has a gay twin named Simon.

Barlow’s Resume: Bethany Stevens in Scream Queens (2015), Zoe in The Fosters (2016-18), Lilith in Supernatural (2019), Taylor in The Never List (2020), Lisa Levine in The Goldbergs (2020-)

The Big Leap Cast: Raymond Cham Jr. as Justin Reyes

The Big Leap Cast - Raymond Cham Jr. as Justin Reyes

Character Profile: Gabby’s high school boyfriend. He’s caught making out with a male classmate in a flashback scene. Justin impresses his competitors on “The Big Leap” with his breakdancing skills.

Cham Jr.’s Resume: Philip in Grey’s Anatomy (2015), Mark Walker in Mech-X4 (2016-18), Chris in Bloodline (2018), Cameron “CJ” Jin in Five Points (2018-19), Russell in Sneaky Pete (2019)


The Big Leap cast also includes Karen Rodriguez (Chicago Fire), Robert Wisdom (Ballers, Vacation Friends) and Adam Kaplan (Deception).

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

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