Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Idol’

The Idol Cast - Every Actor and Character in the HBO Series on Max

The Idol cast features Abel Tesfaye, Lily-Rose Depp and Suzanna Son. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Sam Levinson, Abel Tesfaye and Reza Fahim’s HBO series on Max. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

The Idol explores the relationship between a pop star and a Los Angeles night club owner. As Jocelyn prepares to release a new album, she takes an edgier approach with her artistic process. The narrative follows the main players as they develop a psychosexual bond while finding trouble in Hollywood. Here’s every actor and character in The Idol.

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The Idol Cast: Abel Tesfaye as Tedros

The Idol Cast on HBO Max - Abel Tesfaye as Tedros

Character Profile: A Los Angeles night club owner. He is a Prince fan who begins a sexual relationship with a female pop star. Tedros views music as the ultimate trojan horse.

Tesfaye’s Resume: A Canadian Musician Known as The Weeknd — Also, Himself in Uncut Gems (2019), Madea/Dinosaur Auctioneer/S.W.A.T. Member in Robot Chicken (2020), Orion Hughes/Darius Hughes in The Simpsons (2022)

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The Idol Cast: Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn

The Idol Cast on HBO Max - Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn

Character Profile: An American pop star with mental health issues. She worries about a sexual scandal while preparing for a new album. Jocelyn develops a complicated relationship with Tedros.

Depp’s Resume: Colleen Collette in Yoga Hosers (2016), Isadora Duncan in The Dancer (2016), Ève in A Faithful Man (2018), Catherine in The King (2019), Wildcat in Wolf (2021)

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The Idol Cast: Suzanna Son as Chloe

The Idol Cast on HBO Max - Suzanna Son as Chloe

Character Profile: A Los Angeles native. She joins a cult led by Tedros.

Son’s Resume: Clarissa in Secret Escort (2019), Strawberry in Red Rocket (2021)

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The Idol Cast: Troye Sivan as Xander

The Idol Cast on HBO Max - Troye Sivan as Xander

Character Profile: Jocelyn’s creative director. He worries about her mental health. Xander’s loses power when Jocelyn begins hanging out with Tedros.

Sivan’s Resume: A South African YouTuber and Musician — Also, James in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), John “Spud” Milton in Spud (2010), Gary in Boy Erased (2018), Caleb in Three Months (2022)

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The Idol Cast: Jane Adams as Nikki

The Idol Cast on HBO Max - Jane Adams as Nikki

Character Profile: A record executive. She talks about her wild past in Hollywood. Nikki believes that Jocelyn’s mental illness is “sexy.”

Adams’ Resume: Joy Jordan in Happiness (1998), Clair Forsyth in The Anniversary Party (2001), Carrie in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), White Faced Woman in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Nina in Hacks (2021-22)

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The Idol cast also includes:

  • Moses Sumney as Izaak
  • Dan Levy as Benjamin
  • Jennie Kim as Dyanne
  • Eli Roth as Andrew Finkelstein
  • Rachel Sennott as Leia
  • Hari Nef as Talia
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Destiny
  • Ramsey as Ramsey
  • Hank Azaria as Chaim
  • Sophie Mudd as Sophie

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