Apple TV's Roar: 10 Movies & TV Shows Where You've Seen The Cast

Not enough people seem to be talking about it but Apple TV+ has quietly become the place to see some of the best TV shows anywhere right now. In just a few short years, they have put out well-written award winners like Ted Lasso and The Morning Show, as well as creative endeavors like Dickinson and For All Mankind.

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The streaming service's latest show is Roar, which comes from the creators of Netflix's hit series GLOW. Based on a collection of short stories by Cecelia Ahern, the anthology show is boosted by having one of the most impressive casts you'll ever find.

Each episode has a female actor at the center of it, so the men involved mostly play supporting parts. There are well-known names among them like Jake Johnson, Daniel Dae Kim, Jason Mantzoukas, Hugh Dancy, and Justin Kirk. However, you should certainly get to know Griffin Matthews.

The talented artist co-wrote the play Witness Uganda: An American Musical and is just starting to get his on-screen career going. A great place to see him shine is on HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, where he plays Shane Evans, a friend and co-worker of the protagonist (Kaley Cuoco). He has a pretty surprising secret, is a scene-stealer, and should play a big part in season 2.

The final episode of the season seems to shift the focus from established female stars to some who are still on the rise. "The Girl Who Loved Horses" sees Kara Hayward play the role of Millie and Hayward has been part of some fantastic projects so far.

She debuted in Moonrise Kingdom and returned to Wes Anderson's quirky worlds by voicing Peppermint in Isle of Dogs. She also showed up in Jordan Peele's UsOn top of that though, she had a role in the Oscar-winning Manchester by the Sea as Silvie McCann.

The other actor at the forefront of "The Girl Who Loved Horses" is Fivel Stewart and like Hayward, she is already carving out an impressive corner for herself in Hollywood. In Roar, she plays a girl named Jane.

Most audience members will likely recognize Stewart for her recurring role throughout most of Netflix's Atypical. The show follows the life of Sam, a teen on the autism spectrum and Stewart played Izzie, who becomes the girlfriend of Sam's younger sister.

She might not have starred in many movies or television shows that are popular right now but Meera Syal has a lengthy career filled with accomplishments. She is most known for her various appearances on the stage.

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In this series, Syal is Anu, the lead of episode seven, "The Woman Who Returned Her Husband." She also had small parts in Doctor Strange and Paddington 2 but you can see her talents in Yesterday where she plays Sheila Malik, the mother of the protagonist.

The very first episode of the series, "The Woman Who Disappeared," stars Issa Rae. She plays Wanda, someone who literally disappears though that's all that can be said without giving away too much of the story.

There's no doubt that Issa Rae has been one of the most impressive actors of the past decade. From intense dramas like The Hate U Give to hilarious action comedies like The Lovebirds, she has shown up everywhere. Her shining role comes in HBO's Insecure, a well-received comedy series that Rae also co-created and co-wrote.

As noted, Roar comes from Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, who were most famously behind Netflix's GLOW. It only makes sense that some of the talent from that show come over to appear on this Apple TV+ series. For starters, there's Betty Gilpin.

Gilpin first rose to prominence on Nurse Jackie but she really became a star as Debbie Eagan on GLOW. Her performance as a former soap opera star turned into the lead on a wrestling show earned Gilpin an Emmy nomination. In Roar, she stars in the third episode as Amelia, a woman who is kept on display by her husband.

GLOW also featured Alison Brie as the other lead actor alongside Gilpin. In fact, their relationship drove a lot of the stories forward in the show and the actors became great friends because of it. Brie reunites with the GLOW creators in this series as Becky, a woman who, as a ghost, looks in on the investigation of her death.

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Brie actually has one of the most impressive filmographies you could imagine including comedies like Community and high dramas like Mad Men. She has branched out into directing, producing, and writing, with the latter two being evident in Netflix's Horse Girl, where she plays Sarah, a woman who has lucid dreams after getting involved with the supernatural.

Betty Gilpin has a connection to another actor in the cast outside of Alison Brie. She appeared on Nurse Jackie alongside Merritt Wever, who actually won an Emmy for her role as Zoey Barkow. Wever plays Elisa in Roar, the protagonist of "The Woman Who Was Fed By A Duck."

Obviously, Nurse Jackie is worth watching but if you don't have the time to commit to several seasons, Unbelievable is the way to go. This Netflix miniseries sees Wever portray Karen Duvall, a detective who helps investigate a serial rapist. The show was met with widespread acclaim, including for Wever's performance.

A trend among the cast members on this series is that they are incredible female performers who have racked up accolades and praise over the past few years. Cynthia Erivo ranks right near the top, as she is already just an Academy Award away from completing the elusive EGOT.

Erivo is the lead in episode four, playing Ambia, a woman who apparently finds bite marks on her skin, though again, saying much else could spoil the plot. For a good look at Erivo's immense acting skills, her lead turn as Harriet Tubman in Harriet is all you need to see.

It's likely that the biggest name in this entire cast is Nicole Kidman, as she has been a major actor for several decades now. As well known as she is, it seems like she has truly stepped up in recent years, winning a slew of awards, namely for her work in Big Little Lies.

While that might be Kidman at her best, it makes sense to check out Nine Perfect Strangers as a companion piece for Roar. In it, she plays Masha, the unsettling leader of an experimental wellness resort. Her role in Roar is just as trippy as she plays Robin, a woman who eats photographs.

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