Warning: There are mild spoilers ahead for Grand Army.
Being a teenager is tough, especially with everything
going on in the world today
new Netflix original series Grand Army
intends to explore the complications of youth through the lives of kids attending a Brooklyn high school.
Inspired by real stories
shared with the playwright Katie Cappiello and adapted from
her 2013 play Slut
, the Netflix drama follows the stories of a diverse student body of the fictional Grand Army High School. The students are up against a myriad of personal issues. In addition to shouldering the burden of PTSD from a recent terrorist attack,
s characters are facing poverty, sexual assault, the school-to-prison pipeline, homophobia, and so much more. And to top it all off, there's a terrorist in their midst, and they don't even know it.
Aren't you glad that you're not in high school anymore?
Read on to meet some of the students of Grand Army High and get a brief introduction to their compelling personal stories.
Odley Jean Plays Dominique "Dom" Pierre
Confident, smart, and popular, Dom is used to be the star of the show. But when a series of unfortunate events totally throw off all of her plans for her junior year of high school, the scrappy Brooklynite is forced to go into survival mode. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images. Odessa A’zion Plays Joey Del Marco
Everybody knows Joey Del Marco because she knows how to stand out in a crowd. However, Joey finds herself at the center of a painful scandal after being sexually assaulted by the people she loved most, sending her into a dangerous downward spiral. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix. Amir Bageria Plays Siddhartha "Sid" Pakam
Sid is the golden boy of Grand Army, but he's keeping a huge secret from his conservative Hindu family and his classmates that he knows could completely alter the course of his life for better or for worse: he's gay. Maliq Johnson Plays Jayson "Jay" Jackson
After a harmless prank leads to the expulsion of his best friend, band member Jayson directs all of his energy towards activism — at the cost of his fledgling music career. Amalia Yoo Plays Leila Kwan Zimmer
Eager and misguided, Leila struggles to fit in at Grand Army during her freshman year. It feels like nothing she does helps her popularity, but she's got a detailed scheme up her sleeve to get what she wants. Thelonius Serrell-Freed Plays Tim Delaney
When Tim's not-so-secret feelings for Joey come to light, their carefully balanced friendship devolves into something much darker. Sydney Meyer Plays Anna Delaney
Anna has been best friends with Joey since they were little girls, but their relationship hits a rough patch once Anna realizes that her BFF has eyes for her brother. Photo: Angela Weiss/WireImage. Anthony Ippolito Plays George Wright
The school misogynist, George is always on the hunt for another girl to hook up with. He doesn't really care who it is or how it happens — as long as he gets what he wants. Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage. Brian Altemus Plays Luke Friedman
Fifth wheel Luke seems like a your friendly neighborhood drug dealer, but underneath the charming smile and playful demeanor is a far more sinister nature that Joey encounters first hand. Lola Blackman Plays Rachel Finer
As Leila's only friend at school, Rachel often finds herself in the unfortunate position of being her conscience. But always being the voice of reason gets old really fast, and Rachel's relationship with her best friend morphs into something even she can't recognize. Brittany Adebumola Plays Tamika Jones
Tamika is one of Dom's teammates on the basketball team and a core member of her circle. Upbeat and funny, the baller helps keep her girl from taking herself too seriously. Alphonso Romero Jones II Plays John Ellis
Charming John Ellis — never just "John" — is Dom's longtime crush. But if he has his way, it won't be long before he makes her his girlfriend. Ashley Ganger Plays Meera Pakam
Meera is well-known around Grand Army for being a talented playwright whose work tackles social justice, with plays that focus on sexuality and consent. Marcela Avelina Plays Flora Mejia
Sid's been dating Flora for some time now, but she just can't shake the feeling that something isn't quite right between them; he hasn't tried to make a move on her since they started dating. Is it her? Zac Kara Plays Omar Biller
Lovesick theater student Zac only has for something other than the stage, and that's Leila. However, as he gets closer to his crush, Zac makes a few startling discoveries about that may change his mind.
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