Know the Cast: ‘The Guilty’

The Guilty Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

The Guilty cast features Jake Gyllenhaal, Riley Keough and Peter Sarsgaard. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Antoine Fuqua’s 2021 Netflix movie. Visit the Vague Visages Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

Written by Nic Pizzolatto, The Guilty takes place over one morning at a Los Angeles 911 call center. Joe Baylor becomes increasingly agitated while handling various situations, and also offers questionable advice to people while discussing a pending legal issue with colleagues. The 90-minute character study provides minimal details about the main players, allowing for the audience to piece together a puzzle about fractured Angelenos. Here’s every main performer and character in The Guilty, an American remake of Gustav Möller’s 2018 Danish film of the same name (Den skyldige).

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The Guilty Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal as Joe Baylor

The Guilty Cast - Jake Gyllenhaal as Joe Baylor

Character Profile: Emergency Operator 625 at a Los Angeles 911 dispatch center. He has been separated from his wife for six months and awaits a court case the next day. Joe tries to help callers while dealing with the consequences of his recent behavior as a police officer.

Gyllenhaal’s Resume: Donnie Darko in Donnie Darko (2001), Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain (2005), Detective Loki in Prisoners (2013), Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler (2014), Quentin Beck/Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

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The Guilty Cast: Riley Keough as Emily Lighton (Voice Role)

The Guilty Cast - Riley Keough as Emily Lighton

Character Profile: A caller who has presumably been abused by her husband, Henry. She is driving east on the 10 freeway near downtown Los Angeles. Joe provides advice to Emily before learning the full details about her situation.

Keough’s Resume: Capable in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Krystal in American Honey (2016), Christine Reade (Above) in The Girlfriend Experience (2016), Grace in The Lodge (2019), Stefani in Zola (2020)

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The Guilty Cast: Peter Sarsgaard as Henry Fisher (Voice Role)

The Guilty Cast - Peter Sarsgaard as Henry Fisher

Character Profile: Emily’s husband. He is accused of being abusive to both his wife and children. Joe learns important backstory information about Henry while making several calls.

Sarsgaard’s Resume: Mark in Garden State (2004), Clyde Martin in Kinsey (2004), Alan Troy in Jarhead (2005), Ray Seward in The Killing (2013), David Russell (Above) in Interrogation (2020)

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The Guilty Cast: Christina Vidal Mitchell as Denise Wade

The Guilty Cast - Christina Vidal Mitchell as Denise Wade

Character Profile: Joe’s colleague at the call center. She states that “broken people save broken people.”

Mitchell’s Resume: Angie Vega in Life with Mikey (1993), Cynthia in Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Taina Maria Morales in Taina (2001-02), Christine in See No Evil (2006), Valerie in Sneaky Pete (2018)

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The Guilty Cast: Eli Goree as Rick (Voice Role)

The Guilty Cast - Eli Goree as Rick

Character Profile: Joe’s former partner for the LAPD. He is scheduled to be a key witness in a court case the following day. Rick plans to support Joe but also considers changing his story.

Goree’s Resume: Wells Jaha in The 100 (2014-17), Dave Albritton in Race (2016), Mad Dog in Riverdale (2018-20), Quincy Carter in Ballers (2018), Cassius Clay (Above) in One Night in Miami (2020)

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The Guilty Cast: Ethan Hawke as Bill Miller (Voice Role)

The Guilty Cast - Ethan Hawke as Bill Miller

Character Profile: A police sergeant who takes dispatch calls. He reminds Joe about looming trouble due to his recent actions as a cop.

Hawke’s Resume: Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society (1989), Jake in Training Day (2001), Jesse in the Before Sunrise Trilogy (1995-2013), Reverend Ernst Toller (Above) in First Reformed (2017), John Brown in The Good Lord Bird (2020)

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The Guilty Cast: Da’Vine Joy Randolph as CHP Dispatcher (Voice Role)

The Guilty Cast - Da'Vine Joy Randolph as CHP Dispatcher

Character Profile: A California Highway Patrol dispatcher. She patiently assists Joe as he becomes stressed and disrespectful.

Randolph’s Resume: Carla in Office Christmas Party (2016), Tanya in This Is Us (2016), Yvonne Watson in People of Earth (2016-17), Lady Reed in Dolemite Is My Name (2019), Tina in Chicago Party Aunt (2021)

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The Guilty cast also includes Christiana Montoya (A Place in the Field, Be at Rehab), David Castañeda (Sicario: Day of the Soldado, The Umbrella Academy), Adrian Martinez (The Blacklist: Redemption, Stumptown), Oscar Balderrama (True Nightmares, Onyx Equinox), Becky Wu (Desperate Housewives, Hawaii Five-0), Bret Eric Porter (Westworld, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek), Maurice Webster (American Crime Story, How to Get Away with Murder), Beau Knapp (The Good Lord Bird, The Lost Symbol), Edi Patterson (Knives Out, The Starling), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Love & Mercy), Gillian Zinser (Savages, 90210), Bill Burr (F Is for Family, Reservation Dogs), Dillon Lane (Modern Family, Here and Now), Marlene Forte (Knives Out, The Way Back) and Aileen Burdock (Grey’s Anatomy, Euphoria).

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