Amazon recently announced the cast for the upcoming second season of its romantic anthology series Modern Love. The first season of the show was met with critical acclaim, including an Artios nomination for the superb casting of its first season by Laura Rosenthal, Maribeth Fox and Jodi Angstreich. They landed Hollywood heavyweights like Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, Tina Fey, Julia Garner, Catherine Keener and Andy Garcia to play a colorful mix of characters for the inaugural season in the series inspired by real-life personal essays from the long-running New York Times column of the same name. So it may come as no surprise that the cast list for the upcoming season boasts an impressive roster of names, although no word yet on the characters they’ll play. Keep reading for three actors whose performances you can anticipate as you await the second season of Modern Love, as well as the previous credits that back up their ability to deliver in a show about matters of the heart.
Driver is no stranger to the world of television. Series credits to her name include NBC’s Will & Grace, ABC’s Speechless, NBC’s About a Boy and FX’s The Riches. She’s also known for a storied film career, appearing in titles such as Barry Levinson’s Sleepers, George Armitage’s Grosse Pointe Blank and Sandra Goldbacher’s The Governess. But the film we want to talk about is Good Will Hunting, in which Driver delivered a powerhouse performance as Skylar that garnered her an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress. For those unfamiliar with the classic, the love story between Skylar and Will (Matt Damon) serves as the heartbeat of the film. Its big fight scene, in particular, demonstrates Driver’s ability with vulnerability and heightened emotion when the romantic stakes are high. It’s masterful work that has us excited to see what she does in season two of Modern Love.
The Judas and the Black Messiah breakout star had a number of impressive titles to her name before Shaka King’s recent entry into the awards season race. Fishback played Darlene in HBO’s The Deuce and appeared in features like Night Comes On, The Hate U Give and Project Power. But it’s Fishback’s portrayal of Deborah Johnson in Judas and the Black Messiah that has us looking forward to her upcoming performance in a series all about love. The actor shared in a recent interview that in order to play the role and build the chemistry between Deborah and Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), she kept a journal in which she wrote poems about their moments together, which even included naming his dimples. That level of commitment to onscreen romance bodes well for her upcoming performance in the Amazon Prime series.
The actor is perhaps best known for his role as Jon Snow on the long-running HBO series Game of Thrones. Other credits to his name include Xavier Dolan’s The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, the Netflix series Criminal: UK and Chloé Zhao’s upcoming entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe Eternals. His well-known role as Jon Snow, though, is the one that may have fans anticipating the actor’s performance in Modern Love. We won’t speak of the character’s ill-fated romance with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), but the love story between him and Ygritte (Rose Leslie) is one that tops a lot of “Best Couple” lists for the show. The fact that Harington and Leslie ended up marrying each other in real life makes their onscreen love that much sweeter. We have high hopes for the actor’s ability to create believable chemistry in the second season of Modern Love, albeit without the behind-the-scenes romance.
Besides performances from the actors listed above, be sure to look out for names like Gbenga Akinnagbe, Anna Paquin and Garrett Hedlund when season two of Modern Love releases on Amazon Prime later this year. You can find a full list here of the 28 actors who were recently announced to have been cast in the upcoming second season, which may also offer some much-needed hope to viewers. “With so much uncertainty in our current world, these stories bring truth and love to people everywhere, and I’m so appreciative to be a part of making that happen,” said showrunner John Carney about the series. Between its all-star cast and the purported positive messages it shares, the next season of Modern Love is surely one to anticipate.