Well-known stand-up comedian and actress Michelle Buteau returns to Netflix with her new series Survival of the Thickest, landing on the streaming platform on July 13. But she’s not the only familiar face you’ll recognize in the show. There are several other actors in the cast that you might’ve watched in other TV shows and movies. If you’re wondering about who all you can expect to see in the new comedy series, we’ve got you covered and shared who plays who below.
Survival of the Thickest is a Netflix original created by Buteau and writer-producer Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. Additionally, it’s based on Buteau’s book of the same name.
The show follows Mavis Beaumont, a Black NYC fashion stylist who, after experiencing a bad breakup, works to rebuild her life with the help of her close friends.
Buteau plays the protagonist, Mavis Beaumont. But who plays Mavis’s best friends? What about the other characters?
Survival of the Thickest cast
Michelle Buteau as Mavis Beaumont
As we mentioned above, Buteau plays the role of Mavis. Mavis starts the series as an assistant fashion stylist in Manhattan, happily in love with her photographer boyfriend, Jacque. But her world gets turned upside down when she comes home to find Jacque in bed with another woman.
Buteau is best known for her roles in the Netflix movies Someone Great and Always Be My Maybe. She also had roles in the films Work It, Marry Me, Moonshot and Crush. She played the role of Bree Washington in the BET+ series First Wives Club and voiced several characters in the animated series Bless the Harts.
She was born on July 24, 1977, in New Jersey, making her 45 years old as of July 2023. She’s also been married to Dutch photographer Gijs van der Most since 2010, and they share twins named Hazel and Otis van der Most, who were born via surrogacy in January 2019. You can find her on Instagram @michellebuteau.
Tone Bell as Khalil
Khalil is an art instructor and one of Mavis’s best friends who helps her get her life back on track after a devasting breakup. He usually shies away from long-term relationships, but his outlook on love starts to change when he develops feelings for one of his students.
- Birthday: Aug. 10, 1983
- Age: 39 years old
- Zodiac sign: Leo
- Height: 5 feet 10 inches
- Where have you seen him before? Little, Sylvie’s Love, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Whitney, Disjointed, Fam, American Soul
- Social media: Instagram
Tasha Smith as Marley
Marley is another one of Mavis’s closest friends who always got her back. She’s also very successful when it comes to her career in finance. But when it comes to love, she’s still figuring it out.
- Birthday: Feb. 28, 1971
- Age: 52 years old
- Zodiac sign: Pisces
- Height: 5 feet 7 inches
- Where have you seen her before? Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too?, For Better or Worse, ATL, Power, Empire, First Wives Club
- Social media: Instagram
Here’s a list of more cast members and the characters they play below:
- Liza Treyger as Jade
- Taylor Selé as Jacque
- Marouane Zotti as Luca
- Anissa Felix as India
- Garcelle Beauvais as Natasha Karina
- Anthony Michael Lopez as Brian
- Peppermint as Peppermint
Survival of the Thickest arrives on Netflix on July 13.