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The owner of the salon, a gangster stuck in a moll's body, a discerning curator of the female oddities who make up her crew. Desna will throw down and fight to the death but also eats Lean Cuisines and worries about getting fat.
Niecy Nash is a multi-talented Emmy®-winning producer and twice-nominated actress. Her multifaceted career includes roles in HBO's Getting On, which has earned her two Emmy nominations, FOX's Scream Queens, Showtime's Masters of Sex and TV Land's The Soul Man. Nash currently stars in the lead role of “Desna” in Claws on TNT.
Nash was the host and producer of the Style Network's home makeover show, Clean House, which became the network's #1 program. Her work earned her two Daytime Emmy® nominations, and The American Women In Radio & Television honored Nash with the 2007 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Program Host. In addition, she was seen regularly as a celebrity panelist on the top-rated entertainment news program The Insider on CBS.
Nash is well-known for her role as no-nonsense “Officer Raineesha Williams” on the hilarious Comedy Central hit, Reno 911!, a half-hour unscripted spoof of Cops that aired for six seasons. The show was so popular, it was spun-off into a feature film, Reno 911: Miami, in 2007. Nash went on to star in her own FOX comedy series, Do Not Disturb, opposite Jerry O'Connell, in 2008.
Nash has had featured roles in the films Guess Who, opposite Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher; Code Name: The Cleaner, opposite Cedric the Entertainer and Lucy Liu; Not Easily Broken, based on the best-selling book by Bishop T.D. Jakes; and the Walt Disney Pictures summer blockbuster release G-Force, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Nash's television credits are another testament to her talent. Her style, humor and quick wit garnered her a stint as a correspondent on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She is also well known for her recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning comedy series The Bernie Mac Show, portraying Bernie's uproarious baby sister, “Benita.” Other recurring roles include TV's Presidio Med, That's Life, Popular and City of Angels. Also included on her resume are guest-starring roles on such top-rated series as My Name Is Earl, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Girlfriends, NYPD Blue, That's So Raven, One on One, Judging Amy and Reba.
Additionally, Nash is developing various television and film projects through her own production company, Chocolate Chick, Inc. In her rare spare time, she is devoted to church and participating at charitable functions in support of causes that are close to her heart, including the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, school violence and domestic abuse, among others.
Nash completed her education at California State University Dominguez Hills, where she majored in theater. She resides in Los Angeles.
A mild-mannered preppy who works as a manicurist at the nail salon. Polly has recently been released from prison, where she did time for identity theft on seniors. Beneath that southern gentility beats the heart of a con artist and master manipulator.
Through her insatiable passion for the arts and natural gift as both a comedic and dramatic actress, Emmy winner Carrie Preston has landed standout roles from the stage to the big screen. Quoted as a “scene stealer” by the New York Post, she enjoyed many seasons working on her Critics' Choice nominated and Emmy winning portrayal of “Elsbeth Tascioni” on the award-winning series The Good Wife, her recurring role in Person of Interest, as well as her starring role as “Arlene Fowler,” the red-headed sassy waitress in the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated HBO series True Blood. Preston can now be seen as the magnificent "Polly," in the new TNT hit series, Claws, executive-produced by Rashida Jones. The second season is set to premiere this summer.
In 2016, Preston starred as the female lead in the NBC comedy, Crowded, opposite Patrick Warburton. Last year Preston also appeared in the ABC’s 8-hour LGBT rights-driven miniseries, When We Rise. In film, she most recently starred in To the Bone, alongside Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins. The dark comedy debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is now distributed via Netflix.
On the indie film front, Preston starred opposite Brooke Shields in Daisy Winters this past December and was seen in And Then I Go based on the novel “Project X” by Jim Shepard. In 2015, she starred opposite Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman in 5 Flights Up and was in the coming of age story Beneath the Harvest Sky, as well as Sarah Knight’s Vino Veritas. Prior to those appearances, Preston was seen in a harrowing turn as a struggling single mom in A Bag of Hammers, starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Ritter. She also played opposite Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris in Dustin Lance Black’s What’s Wrong with Virgina? and had a pivotal role in the indie film Sironia starring Jeremy Sisto, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival.
Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, where her mother was an artist and art therapist and her dad was a geo-technical engineer, young Carrie Preston discovered her calling in life lay in performing arts. At 12-years old, she became the impresario of her own front-yard theater company as producer, writer, casting director, costumer, director – and of course, actress. Preston went on to earn a BFA from the University of Evansville and followed it with an acting diploma from the prestigious Juilliard School.
It was Preston’s breakout Outer Critics Award nominated turn as “Miranda” in George C. Woolf’s Broadway production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest with Patrick Stewart that led her to her auspicious big screen debut as one of the two sexy, Southern bridesmaid sisters in the Julia Robert’s blockbuster My Best Friend’s Wedding. She went on to win roles in major television series such as Lost and Desperate Housewives, along with scene-stealing turns in Duplicity with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen; the Oscar nominated TransAmerica, as Felicity Huffman’s sister; Alan Ball’s Towelhead opposite Aaron Eckhart and the critically acclaimed independent film, That Evening Sun, with Hal Holbrook.
Playing in a crucial role as “Ophelia” in Hamlet 18 years ago at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Preston met her husband, Emmy Award winning Michael Emerson, who was playing Guildenstern in the production. Since then, the two have both starred together in the movies Straight Jacket, Grace & Glorie and The Journey. Keeping it in the family, Preston played Michael’s mother in a flashback on his hit series Lost. Additionally, Michael had a role in the film 29th and Gay, which Preston produced and directed.
Preston’s other theater credits include Broadway: Festen with Jeremy Sisto and Julianna Margulies and The Rivals with Brian Murray and Emily Bergl. Off-Broadway: Antony and Cleopatra at the Public Theater (cross dressing as Octavius Caesar to Vanessa Redgrave’s Cleopatra); Cycling Past the Matterhorn with Shirley Knight; John Guare’s Chaucer in Rome with Jon Tenney (Lincoln Center); Boys and Girls with Malcolm Gets and Freedomland (Playwrights Horizons); the stage version of Straight-Jacket (Playhouse 91); The Libertine (Theatre Row). She has performed regionally at theaters such as The Guthrie, where she played “Honey” opposite Patrick Stewart and Mercedes Ruehl in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Williamstown, where she played opposite Bebe Neuwirth and Roger Rees in Taming the Shrew; Baltimore Center Stage, where she originated the lead role in Warren Leight’s No Foreigners Beyond this Point; The Long Wharf, where she played Mia Farrow’s daughter in James Lapine’s Fran’s Bed; and the McCarter theater’s acclaimed production of Hamlet, acting with her husband Michael Emerson. She has also performed in countless Shakespeare plays in festivals in Georgia, Alabama, Utah and California.
Preston is also a director and producer with her production company, Daisy 3 Pictures. Her directorial debut was the feature film 29th and Gay, written by and starring James Vasquez, which is available on DVD. She also directed the short film Feet of Clay by David Caudle, which made the festival rounds, and James Vasquez’s Ready? OK!, which she starred in and executive produced, played more than 50 festivals, both domestic and international. Preston won Best Actress at Film Out San Diego, where the film had its world premiere. She also directed and produced That’s What She Said, a feature film written by Kellie Overbey, starring Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis and Alia Shawkat. The film made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was also screened at the Nashville Film Festival 2012 where Preston was honored with two awards for the film: Best Film by a Woman Director and Best Actress Alia Shawkat. Most recently, Preston directed Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panta Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show, which premiered at Soho International Film Festival. The film stars comedian Kate Rigg and the electric violin fueled poetic punk duo Slanty Eyed Mama.
Preston and Emerson travel back and forth between Los Angeles and New York with their adopted dog Chumley. In her free time, Preston is an advocate for LGBT rights via GLAAD, and is a supporter for Parkinson's Research.
A woman of few words, an enigma who discovered women in prison and discovered is an understatement - mastered is more like it. Now her thing is macking bored Florida housewives and being Desna’s driver and muscle when necessary.
Judy Reyes is a Dominican-American actress born in the Bronx. Best known for her role as “Carla” in the iconic television show Scrubs and the role of “Zoila” on Lifetime's hit show Devious Maids. Reyes guest stars as “Dina” in the CW's Jane the Virgin and also recurs on the Netflix series, One Day at a Time and the TBS series, Search Party. She has also appeared in such films as Gun Hill Road and the recent feature The Circle. Reyes has worked extensively in television, theater and film for the last 20 years and remains a founding member of NYC’s Labyrinth Theater Company.
Reyes is thrilled to be expanding her role in Hollywood by executive-producing an animated video series entitled LaGolda. Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live Well." initiative, LaGolda tells the story of an eight-year-old Latina orphan who uses soccer to bring awareness to a variety of social and environmental issues with the goal of engaging kids to take action and give back to their communities. Inspired by the animation, Reyes and its creator, George Valencia, started the Sound of Gol Foundation, whose mission is to build strong leaders for tomorrow through the game of soccer.
Our troubled ingénue, in a strippery kind of way. What you see first in Virginia - the bored hotness, the attitude, the bluster - disguises her truth, which is that she’s desperately looking for a place to belong.
Karrueche Tran is a rising actress and philanthropist. She is best known for her hit TV series Claws on TNT. Currently in production for its second season, Tran stars opposite Niecy Nash in the hour-long scripted dramedy set in a Southern Florida nail salon. She is also known for her Emmy Award winning show, The Bay on Amazon Prime. Next up, Tran will be seen in Never Heard (Sony Pictures) and The Honor List (Lionsgate), both set to be released in 2018.
Tran is also an active philanthropist. Tran currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Environmental Media Association (EMA), a non-profit organization committed to providing urban school gardens that inspire students to make healthier food choices and have greater self-confidence and leadership skills. She has donated her time and own investment to the Green My School Program through her ColourPop cosmetics line, as well as currently spearheading The Watt’s Garden Project. Tran has also started a social movement called “With Love,” advocating for people to live life with love.
Desna's best friend and co-worker, a hard woman with a filthy sense of humor, used to be wild but has settled down a lot. Tenuously sober, loves her kids more than anything but sometimes feels trapped.
Born and raised in North Carolina as the daughter of a preacher, Jenn Lyon is an award-winning stage actress who recently made the leap to film and television work. She moved to New York after graduating the North Carolina School of the Arts and has worked extensively in theater and food service ever since. Theater highlights include appearing on Broadway in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard's 11-time Tony-winning The Coast of Utopia trilogy and Larry David's hit comedy Fish in the Dark. Her off-Broadway credits include A.R. Gurney’s The Wayside Motor Inn, which won the Drama Desk Ensemble Award, and the premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's Hold On To Me Darling at the Atlantic Theatre, which was named one of the best plays of 2016 by the New York Times. In addition, she has originated roles in such world premiere works as John Guare's Are You There, McPhee?
Lyon has shared both stage and screen time with Tim Olyphant in Hold On To Me Darling and as his love interest in FX’s Justified Seasons three and four. She also starred opposite George Lopez and Danny Trejo in the sitcom Saint George. Other television appearances include Army Wives, Suburgatory, Louie and Crashing, which is soon to air on HBO. Her film credits include Phil Spector, with Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, and the independent films Flower Shop and Lemon. Most recently, Lyon appeared in the feature film Blaze, directed by Ethan Hawke which premiered at Sundance.
Lyon is also a writer/producer/co-founder of internet sketch group POYKPAC, which has produced sketches with more than 100 million views to date. They have written for and been seen on MTV, IFC, G4, CBS and CNN.
Lyon lives in Brooklyn, New York, when she’s not running around the country working as an actress and writer and generally shaming her family.
A gangstered-out redneck who runs his uncle’s barely legal pain clinic and uses Desna's (Niecy Nash) nail salon to launder their obscene profits. A swaggering man-beast who thinks he owns the world; Roller's outrageous lifestyle just might be his downfall.
Jack Kesy starred in the Guillermo del Toro-produced FX series The Strain, playing the key role of “Gabriel Bolivar.” He can now be seen on television in TNT's dramedy Claws.
Kesy's film credits include starring in the independent feature Brother's Blood, opposite Trey Songz; Seth Gordon's Baywatch, opposite Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario; Eli Roth's Death Wish, opposite Bruce Willis, for MGM; 12 Strong, opposite Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon, for Lionsgate and the independent feature Juggernaut. He also guest-starred in a pivotal episode of the Emmy®-winning Showtime series Ray Donovan, playing Butch Kramer, a character based on Vin Diesel.
Kesy's additional film credits include The Throwaways, starring James Caan, and Shut In (aka Intruders), starring Martin Starr; Grand Street, directed by Lex Sidon; Empire Gypsy, written and directed by Sean Slater; Morgan, the award-winning drama directed by Michael D. Akers; and the short ensemble film 8:46, directed by Jennifer Azano.
Kesy is currently filming the independent feature Peel alongside Emile Hirsch and can soon be seen as the villain opposite Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2.
Before making his way on television and movie screens, Kesy attended the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Prior to that, he served in the United States Marine Corps.
Jennifer’s husband, also tenuously sober, Roller’s less flashy older brother, an abundance coach and motivational speaker with 37 dollars in his bank account.
This summer, Kevin Rankin will be featured in Universal/Legendary’s film Skyscraper alongside Dwayne Johnson. Prior to that, Rankin can be seen in Academy Award®-nominated Hell or High Water, alongside Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine. Rankin previously completed work in Wild opposite Reese Witherspoon; Dallas Buyers Club opposite Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto and White House Down alongside Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal. These followed on the heels of his starring role in Wayne Kramer's Pawn Shop Chronicles opposite Matt Dillon and Paul Walker. Rankin's film credits also include roles in Robert Duvall's The Apostle, Ang Lee's The Hulk and 20th Century Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, starring opposite Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke.
Rankin made his television debut in FOX's Judd Apatow series Undeclared, alongside Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler. He has recurred on many critically acclaimed television series, including FX’s Justified, HBO's Big Love and Six Feet Under, NBC's Friday Night Lights and the final season of AMC's Emmy®-winning Breaking Bad. Rankin also starred in the NBC medical series Trauma and the CBS procedural Unforgettable.
DR. KEN BRICKMAN
A bona fide doctor with a decidedly un-bona fide job, working at Uncle Daddy’s illicit drug clinic.
Jason Antoon, a Southern California native, graduated from the prestigious acting program at Carnegie Mellon University. His big acting break came in the 2000 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Contact, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Since then, he has worked on numerous films, from Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, to three feature films with Hugh Grant. He recently completed the feature film Nicole with Anna Kendrick.
Antoon has also appeared in such TV shows as Fresh Off the Boat, Shameless, iZombie, Modern Family and Sex and the City, to name a few. In addition, he has written for Comedy Central’s Trip Tank and created and starred in two acclaimed web series, Vamped Out and Bitter Party of 5.
Antoon can be seen playing “Dr. Ken Brickman” in TNT’s Claws and as a recurring guest star in Freeform’s Famous in Love. An accomplished author, Antoon had his first book, The Cursed Frog and Other Modern Fairy Tales, published by Dutch Kills Press in 2015.
Jimmy Jean-Louis plays Dr. Gregory Ruval, by day a well respected gynocologist and Desna's love interest. His role in the Hatian mafia is unknown to her.
Truly a "rags to riches" story, Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis grew up in the slums of Petion-Ville, Haiti until age 12, to become a Hollywood celebrity. His deep love for his homeland caused him to shift his focus from his acting career to help rebuild Haiti, ravaged by the 7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010.
Earlier in his career, Jean-Louis worked as a dancer and a model in France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and England. He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue acting. His credits include Tears of the Sun with Bruce Willis, Phat Girlz with Mo'Nique, the NBC hit series Heroes, CW’s Arrow and CBS’ Extant with Oscar winner Halle Berry and produced by Steven Spielberg. Other notable roles include starring as the unexpected love interest in the award-winning Joy with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, directed by David O Russell. Currently, he is a series regular as a love interest and drug lord on the award-winning TNT dramedy Claws starring Niecy Nash.
His most important role to date is playing the title character in Toussaint Louverture, winning him Best Actor at the Pan African Film Festival. He was also nominated Best Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2012.
With an international appeal, Jean-Louis has worked in many parts of the world including France, England, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Mexico. He is fluent in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and Creole.
Jean-Louis is also the founder and president of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, a non-profit organization (501c3) established in 2008 (www.haitianhero.com www.hufh.org) whose mission is to help the underprivileged youth of Haiti.
Named Pan American Development Foundation's Ambassador for Haitian Children, he testified to Congress on their behalf in June 2010.
During Haitian Independence Month, January 2010, Jean-Louis was presented with the key to Miami-Dade County.
Suleka Mathew will play Arlene Branch, a tough sexy cop who enters into a risky relationship with Quiet Ann (Judy Reyes).
Suleka Mathew was born in India and raised in Vancouver, and has worked extensively as a professional actress in film, television, radio and theatre her whole life.
Mathew is currently entering her second season on TNT’s hit show Claws, as “Detective Arlene Branch.” She most recently wrapped the romantic drama feature, Midnight Sun, which was released by Open Road Films in 2018. Prior to her role in that film, Mathew recurred as “Chantal” in ABC’s drama Ten Days In The Valley (2017) opposite Kyra Sedgwick. Other credits include How To Get Away With Murder, Castle and Almost Human. Mathew was also a series regular on the ABC drama Red Widow (2013), TNT’s Hawthorne (2011) starring Jada Pinket Smith and ABC’s Men In Trees (2008) opposite Anne Heche.
It wasn't until she was in her second year at the University of British Columbia that Mathew realized that all she ever wanted, since she was a little girl, was to be an actor. With the encouragement of friends, she started taking acting lessons. Six months after she enrolled, an agent signed her on, and six months after that, she got her first paid acting job as a lead in an episode of a Canadian anthology series.
One of Mathew’s first major roles was that of “Dr. Sunny Ramen” on the acclaimed and award winning Canadian dramatic series, Da Vicini’s Inquest (2003). As an international hit, the series eventually made its syndicated debut in the United States.
Mathew also had a recurring role on the Emmy Award® winning The West Wing, as well as Stephen King’s The Dead Zone and co-starred in Hallmark Entertainment’s sci-fi miniseries Final Days Of Planet Earth. In addition, she has appeared on such series as The X-Files, Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, Highlander and Macgyver.
Other feature film credits include a starring role in the Sundance Festival hit, Touch Of Pink (2004) directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid. She appeared in the independent film The Score, which was screened at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival and she worked with esteemed director Deepa Mehta in her romantic comedy, The Republic Of Love (2003).
Performances for CBC Radio include readings of Bharati Mukherji's "The Management of Grief," Anne Giardini's novel "The Sad Truth About Happiness" and Rohinton Mistry's "A Fine Balance." Mathew was also part of the multi- discipline cast of "Shadow Pleasures" created by Veronica Tennant, inspired by the work of Michael Ondaatje.
Desna’s autistic brother, a male Blanche Dubios, a hothouse flower and budding outsider artist who lives in a hermetically sealed world maintained by his loving, overprotective sister.
An accomplished actor who has graced the stage, screen and television, Perrineau has earned a well-deserved reputation as a performer willing to take on just about anything, with roles ranging from drag queens to hardened criminals. He currently stars as “Dean Simms,” the autistic brother of salon owner Desna Simms (played by Niecy Nash) on TNT’s hit series, Claws. The series returns for its second season on June 10th.
A native of Brooklyn, Perrineau studied music and theater at the Shenandoah Conservatory but began his career as a dancer with the Alvin Ailey Company, performing with the troupe for a year and a half. A gradual shift to acting led Perrineau to the theater, where he acted in a number of productions including a Broadway production ofDreamgirls, the critically acclaimed Avenue X and the off-Broadway revival of Godspell. While working on the stage, Perrineau also began appearing on TV in such shows as The Cosby Show, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, I'll Fly Away and Law & Order. He segued onto the big screen in the late '80s and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as “Rashid Cole,” a young man searching for his long-absent father (Forest Whitaker) in Smoke, the acclaimed 1995 drama directed by Wayne Wang and based on the writings of Paul Auster.
The following year, Perrineau gained further exposure for his flamboyant, explosive portrayal of “Mercutio” in Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. At one point outfitted in a glitter miniskirt and platform heels, Perrineau proved a worthy, if idiosyncratic, foil for Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo and gave a performance that marked him as one of the more distinctive Mercutios in the play's history. Perrineau subsequently appeared in a number of supporting roles in films, ranging from Auster's Lulu on TheBridge (1998) to The Best Man (1999), a celebrated romantic comedy directed by Malcolm D. Lee that saw Perrineau share the screen with other members of a group widely billed as a new generation of African-American actors, including Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard and Nia Long. In addition to appearances in various independent films, Perrineau starred in Woman on Top (2000), a comedy that cast him as the drag queen best friend of a young woman (Penelope Cruz) experiencing romantic woes. Perrineau also starred in 20th Century Fox's hit 28 Weeks Later, opposite Jeremy Renner, and in the independent features Gardens of the Night and Your Name Here. In addition to his film work, Perrineau remained active on television with a significant part as a paraplegic prisoner in the acclaimed HBO series Oz.
Perrineau has reached an even wider audience through a string of high-profile projects, including a starring role in the final two installments of The Matrix trilogy (Revolutions & Reloaded), and his portrayal of “Michael” in the Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning ABC television serial Lost, which garnered Perrineau a Screen Actors Guild Award® in 2004 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series. During this time, he also won an NAACP Award for his performance in Topdog/Underdog, directed by George C. Wolfe.
Perrineau can also be seen in Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award®-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, as well as Malcolm D. Lee's The Best Man Holiday, the sequel to The Best Man. In addition, he starred as one of the leads of the TBS series The Wedding Band, recurred on Sons of Anarchy in his critically acclaimed performance as “Damon Pope” and played “Judge Keller” in Amazon's breakout hit Goliath. Perrineau recently returned to Broadway, starring in Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at the end of 2016. Next up, he appears opposite Jennifer Aniston in the pageant comedy DUMPLIN’.
A larger than life, dangerous, deeply Catholic bisexual who runs go-go joints up and down the Gulf Coast. He raised Roller and Bryce when their father was shot. This is a man who lives his numerous contradictions right out in the open.
Dean Norris is best known as the relentless DEA agent Hank Schrader on the critically acclaimed series Breaking Bad, which won multiple Emmys®, Golden Globes® and SAG Awards® over its five seasons. In 2013, the show won its first Outstanding Drama Series Emmy, followed in 2014 by a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and a second Outstanding Drama Series Emmy.
Norris recently wrapped the final season of the hit series Under the Dome and co-starred in The History Channel’s popular miniseries Sons of Liberty, playing Benjamin Franklin.
On the big screen, Norris starred in Jason Reitman's Men, Women and Children, opposite Adam Sandler, and most recently was seen opposite Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Billy Ray’s The Secret in Their Eyes. He will next be seen alongside Naomi Watts in Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry and in the New Line feature Fist Fight, co-starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day.
A native of South Bend, Indiana, Norris is a graduate of Harvard University and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He currently resides with his family outside of Los Angeles.
With versatility in comedic and dramatic roles, and a growing presence as a director, screenwriter and producer, Rashida Jones has established herself as one of the industry's brightest talents.
Jones currently produces, directs and stars in the critically acclaimed comedy, Angie Tribeca on TBS, which will return for a fourth season. In addition, Jones is writing and directing Goldie Vance, based on the comic book, for Fox.
Jones’ docu-series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On can currently be seen on Netflix and is a continuation of her Emmy nominated documentary from 2015: Hot Girls Wanted. The series, which focuses on society’s relationship with sex and technology, premiered its first two episodes at The Sundance Film Festival in February 2017. Jones co-created the original Hot Girls Wanted with her creative partners Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, who also directed the documentary. This docu-series also marks Jones’ directorial debut in television.
Rashida is an executive producer on TNT’s dramedy Claws with her long time writing partner Will McCormack. Claws premiered in Spring 2017 and is currently shooting its second season. The series follows the rise of five diverse Florida manicurists in the traditionally male-dominated world of organized crime and stars Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Harold Perrineu, Jenn Lyon, Judy Reyes, Jack Kesy and Karrueche Tran. McCormack and Jones previously wrote together on Pixar’s Toy Story 4, co-wrote, executive produced and starred in Celeste and Jesse Forever and through their production company, Le Train Train, co-produced Mix and A to Z.
Upcoming in film, Rashida will star in the New Line film Tag alongside Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress. The film is set to release by Warner Bros. on June 29, 2018. She will also appear in Zoe alongside Ewan McGregor, Lea Seydoux, Theo James and Miranda Otto. The film is directed by Drake Doremus and is set to release in 2018. Written by Rich Greenberg, the story follows two colleagues (played by McGregor and Seydoux) at a revolutionary research lab who design technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become more profound than they could ever have imagined.
In October 2016, Netflix premiered its third season of the harrowing and beloved original series Black Mirror with the first episode written by Rashida Jones and Mike Schur. The episode, titled “Nosedive,” premiered to rave reviews at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, the episode is a satire about how society’s addiction to social media could potentially go a bit too far. For her work on this episode, Jones and co-writer Mike Schur received an NAACP Award Nomination in the category “Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – Television.”
Additional film credits include Cuban Fury, The Muppets, The Big Year, Monogamy, The Social Network, and I Love You, Man. Television credits include Parks and Recreation, The Office, Boston Public, Wanted, Unhitched, Freaks and Geeks, The Chappelle Show and NY-LON.
Jones has directed three music videos: Mayer Hawthorne’s Crime (featuring Kendrick Lamar), Sara Bareilles’ Brave and she co-directed Flip and Rewind by Rashida Jones.
She is an advocate for the International Rescue Committee and on the board of Peace First.
Will McCormack is a screenwriter, producer and actor. He and his producing partner, Rashida Jones, produced, wrote and starred in the film Celeste and Jesse Forever for Sony Pictures Classics. Their screenplay earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Their television production company, Le Train Train, produced Ben Queen's sitcom A to Z for NBC, and they are now executive-producing the TNT dramedy Claws. They also worked on Pixar's Toy Story 4. McCormack is adapting the novel Happiness For Humans for Working Title and Fox 2000. He is also writing the half hour dark comedy Kill Me with Angela Wilcox for the Paramount Network, produced by Rashida Jones and Killer Films.
As an actor, McCormack has numerous film and television credits, including The Sopranos, Brothers and Sisters and A Wrinkle in Time.
Janine Sherman Barrois is an award-winning writer/producer with an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Brothers to create and develop new series. Currently, she is the showrunner/executive producer on the TNT hit dramedy Claws, starring Niecy Nash and Carrie Preston. She has also just sold the suburban family drama Hinges, on which she is partnering with John Wells Productions and Emmy-winning director Anthony Hemingway. In September of 2017, she made her directorial debut with French Fries, a short she wrote as part of Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology series, in conjunction with TNT and with support from the Women at Sundance program.
Previously, Barrois spent five years as an executive producer on the CBS hit series Criminal Minds. Prior to that, she was an executive producer on ER and worked on the final four seasons of the show. Before ER, Barrois spent five seasons on Third Watch, rising from Story Editor to Co-Executive Producer. She has also written on Eddie Murphy's The PJ's and The Jamie Foxx Show. Barrois got her start on Lush Life, where she was placed after participating in the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop.
Barrois has won two NAACP Image Awards: One in 2014 for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series and, most recently, in 2018 for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on the Claws episode entitled "Batsh*t." She has also won a Humanitas Award for her writing on ER.
Additionally, Barrois is active in the WGA, where she serves in their Mentoring Program and as a judge for their Writers’ Access Project. Barrois graduated from Howard University.
Barrois is repped by WME and Patti Felker at Felker Toczek Suddleson Ambramson.
Eliot Laurence created the series and serves as executive producer of TNT's new dramedy Claws, starring Niecy Nash, which is set to return for season two on June 10th. He is also developing a series for Freeform called Motherland, with Gary Sanchez producing. Previously, Laurence wrote the highly acclaimed film Welcome to Me, starring Kristin Wiig.