The Bubble cast features Karen Gillan, Iris Apatow and Pedro Pascal. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Judd Apatow’s 2022 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Set during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Bubble explores the making of a fictional franchise movie, “Cliff Beasts 6.” Actress Carol Cobb worries about her reputation and complains about the on-set conditions at a hotel called Clifton House. Meanwhile, a TikTok star builds her personal brand while castmates deal with production obstacles. The storyline follows multiple protagonists as they process the comedy of errors. Here’s every main performer and character in The Bubble.
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The Bubble Cast: Karen Gillan as Carol Cobb
Character Profile: An actress who needs a hit film after a flop called “Jerusalem Rising.” She attempts to re-gain the trust of several castmates. Carol threatens to leave the film set because of bizarre working conditions.
Cast Resume: Amy Pond in Doctor Who (2008-13), Kaylie Russell in Oculus (2013), Nebula in the MCU (2014-), Ruby in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Sam in Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)
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The Bubble Cast: Iris Apatow as Krystal Kris
Character Profile: A TikTok star from Indiana with 120 million followers. She acknowledges that her appeal is “mediocre” dancing. Krystal produces TikTok videos while making “Cliff Beasts 6.”
Cast Resume: Charlotte in Knocked Up (2007), Ingrid in Funny People (2009), Charlotte in This Is 40 (2012), Arya Hopkins in Love (2016-18), Berry Good Candies in Sausage Party (2016)
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The Bubble Cast: Pedro Pascal as Dieter Bravo
Character Profile: A pretentious actor. He deals with sex and drug addiction issues on set. Dieter doesn’t watch his own movies and nearly dies after a cocaine party.
Cast Resume: Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones (2014), Whiskey in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Francisco “Catfish” Morales in Triple Frontier (2019), The Mandalorian in The Mandalorian (2019-), Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
Read More at VV — Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘CODA’
The Bubble Cast: Leslie Mann as Lauren Van Chance
Character Profile: The secondary female protagonist in “Cliff Beasts 6.” She hangs out with her co-star/husband, Dustin. Lauren loses her tennis hand after being mistaken for an intruder.
Cast Resume: Ursula Stanhope in George of the Jungle (1997), Krista in Orange County (2002), Debbie in Knocked Up (2007), Kate King in The Other Woman (2014), Julia Minna in Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
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The Bubble Cast: David Duchovny as Dustin Mulray
Character Profile: Lauren’s husband, an actor. He is the self-proclaimed “guardian of the franchise.” Dustin clashes with the director and tries to rewrite the script to include a pro-environmental message.
Cast Resume: DEA Agent Dennis/Denise Bryson in Twin Peaks (1990-91), Jake Winters in Red Shoe Diaries (1992-96), Fox Mulder in The X-Files (1993-2018), Hank Moody in Californication (2007-14), Adam in The Craft: Legacy (2020)
Read More at VV — Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘In Good Hands’
The Bubble Cast: Keegan-Michael Key as Sean Knox
Character Profile: An actor and wellness enthusiast. He starts a lifestyle brand called Harmony Unite. Sean feels like a fraud and tries to fit in.
Cast Resume: Various Characters in Key and Peele (2012-15), Pupa in Let’s Be Cops (2014), Hugo in Tomorrowland (2015), Clarence Goobril/Smoke Dresden in Keanu (2016) Coyle in The Predator (2018)
Read More at VV — Know the Voice Cast: ‘Human Resources’
The Bubble Cast: Fred Armisen as Darren Eigan
Character Profile: The director of “Cliff Beasts 6.” In the past, he worked at Home Depot and won a Sundance award for a movie that he made with an iPhone. Darren worries about going to “directors jail.”
Cast Resume: Saturday Night Live Cast Member (2002-13), Tino in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Various Characters in Portlandia (2011-18), Elliot Birch in Big Mouth (2017-), Oscar in Forever (2018)
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The Bubble Cast: Guz Khan as Howie Frangopolous
Character Profile: A comic relief actor. He is an aggressive man who believes that everybody on set is replaceable. Howie leaves Clifton House during production.
Cast Resume: Mobeen in Man Like Mobeen (2017-20), Cheese in Curfew (2019), Basheer in Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019), Postman in Corner Shop: Thank You, Come Again (2019), Rolph in Army of Thieves (2021)
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The Bubble Cast: Maria Bakalova as Anika
Character Profile: A clerk at Clifton House. She develops a bond with Dieter. Anika states that she is “pure” and hopes to begin a new life in Los Angeles.
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The Bubble Cast: Kate McKinnon as Paula
Character Profile: A studio head. She appears during video calls and makes passive-aggressive statements to the cast and crew. Paula hires the musician Beck to entertain people at Clifton House.
Cast Resume: Saturday Night Live Cast Member (2012-), Jillian Holtzmann in Ghostbusters (2016), Kiwi/Pippa in Rough Night (2017), Jess Carr in Bombshell (2019), Carole Baskin in Joe vs. Carole (2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast: ‘Pieces of Her
The Bubble cast also includes Vir Das (Delhi Belly, Go Goa Gone), Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Tick), Samson Kayo (Youngers, Timewasters), Maria Bamford (Big Mouth, Human Resources), Rob Delaney (Catastrophe, Deadpool 2), Chris Witaske (Lady Bird, The Wrong Missy), John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun, The Crown), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Chaos Walking), James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Split) and John Cena (F9: The Fast Saga, Peacemaker).
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