Based on the novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, who co-created the series, Made for Love is a darkly comedic new look at a domesticated housewife caught in a binding marriage, with Cristin Milioti playing a dissatisfied spouse who discovers that her husband of 10 years monitors everything in her life. Co-starring Billy Magnussen, Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, and Ray Romano, this HBO Max exclusive is an intriguing blend of comedy, sci-fi, and horror, and it gives its talented ensemble room to shine. If you're wondering where you've seen the Made for Love cast before, we're here to offer our humble assistance. This is where you might recognize these familiar stars.
Cristin Milioti (Hazel Green-Gogol)
As Hazel Green-Gogol, the unhappy wife of tech billionaire Byron Gogol who decides to leave The Hub, only to discover that all of her actions are being monitored, Cristin Milioti plays the protagonist in HBO Max's Made for Love. Most notably, Milioti was Tracy McConnell, i.e. the titular Mother, in CBS's long-running sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. The actress also led NBC's short-lived series, A to Z. Additionally, Milioti played a main part in the second season of CBS All Access' No Activity and she had recurring roles in The Mindy Project and Fargo Season 2. Her other TV credits include HBO's The Sopranos, Modern Love, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, and Black Mirror. Furthermore, Milioti lent her voice to Adult Swim's The Venture Bros.
Additionally, in film, Cristin Miloti most notably starred in Hulu's Palm Springs as Sarah Wilder, the female lead. She also played Teresa Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. Her other film credits include indies like Sleepwalk with Me, Breakable You, Year of the Carnivore, The Brass Teapot, Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship, and It Had To Be You.
Billy Magnussen (Byron Gogol)
In the role of Byron Gogol, the visionary billionaire behind the tech giant Gogol who has planted tracking devices in his wife, Billy Magnussen plays a megalomaniac in Made for Love. Most notably, Magnussen is a Tony-nominated actor for his lead performance in 2013's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. On TV, he was Casey Hughes in As the World Turns and Jed Milgrim/Grimsson in Netflix's limited series, Maniac. Additionally, the actor was in the main cast for CBS All Access' Tell Me a Story. Magnussen's other television credits include Get Shorty, The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, HBO's Boardwalk Empire, CSI, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Black Mirror.
On the big screen, Billy Magnussen played Nicky Sloane in Ingrid Goes West, Ryan Huddle in Game Night, Prince Anders in 2019's Aladdin, and Rapunzel's Prince in Into the Woods. He can also be seen in Bridge of Spies, Velvet Buzzsaw, The Big Short, Damsels in Distress, and The Oath. Next, Magnussen appears in No Time to Die, The Many Saints of Newark, Shoot the Rooster, and The Survivor.
Ray Romano (Herbert Green)
Playing the part of Herbert Green, Hazel's estranged father who reconnects with his daughter when she leaves The Hub, Ray Romano is a paternal character in HBO Max's Made for Love. Most notably, Romano starred in CBS's acclaimed sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, for which he won an Emmy. He also created and starred in TNT's Men of a Certain Age. Additionally, the comedian had a recurring role in NBC's Parenthood. Currently, Romano plays Rick Moreweather in Epix's Get Shorty. His other TV credits include HBO's Vinyl, The King of Queens, The Office, and The Middle. He can also be heard in Fox's The Simpsons and Comedy Central's Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
Outside of television, Ray Romano lent his voice to the role of Manny in the Ice Age franchise. He also earned acclaim for his standout role in The Big Sick. The actor-comedian's other film credits include The Irishman, Paddleton, HBO's Bad Education, and Welcome to Mooseport. Also, Romano appeared in Rob the Mob, The Last Word, Eulogy, The Grand, and Funny People. Next, the actor will co-write, star in, and make his directorial debut in an untitled dramedy.
Dan Bakkedahl (Herringbone)
As Herringbone, Byron's befuddled assistant with waning loyalty to his overambitious boss, Dan Bakkedahl plays a conflicted character in Made for Love. Most notably, Bakkedahl played Congressman Roger Furlong in HBO's Veep and Tim Hughes in CBS's Life in Pieces. The actor was also a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Currently, he has recurring roles in ABC's The Goldbergs and Netflix's Space Force. Additionally, Bakkedahl had recurring roles in Community and The Mindy Project. He was also a series regular on FX's Legit. Elsewhere, Bakkedahl guest-starred in HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gotham, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, 30 Rock, Law & Order, and HBO's Flight of the Conchords.
Away from television, Dan Bakkedahl plays supporting roles in Trumbo, Observe and Report, Battles of the Sexes, Get Hard, This is 40, and The Heat. His other acting credits include Hitman: Agent 47, Killing Hasselhoff, Action Point, Corporate Animals, Sword of Trust, and last year's Buddy Games. Next, the actor will be seen in Sick Girl.
Noma Dumezweni (Fiffany)
In the role of Fiffany, Gogol's chief science officer, Noma Dumezweni is one of the main characters in HBO Max's Made for Love. Most notably, the actress is known for her performance as Hermoine Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, for which she received a Tony nomination. Her other notable television credits include main roles in Netflix's Black Earth Rising and HBO's The Undoing. Additionally, Dumezweni made guest appearances in Normal People, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, EastEnders, Casualty, and Shameless. Furthermore, in film, the actress appeared in Mary Poppins Returns, The Kid Who Would Be King, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Dirty Pretty Things. Coming up next, Dumezweni will be seen in Disney's The Little Mermaid.
Augusto Aguilera (Liver)
Playing the part of Liver, a brewmaster with a peculiar smell, Augusto Aguilera is a desired supporting character in Made for Love. Previously, Aguilera played Jesus Rojas in Amazon Prime's limited series, Too Old to Die Young. He also had recurring roles in ABC Family's Chasing Life and The Cynical Life of Harper Hall. Additionally, Aguilera made guest appearances in Snowfall, Grey's Anatomy, Major Crimes, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. In film, the actor played Nettles in The Predator. He also appeared in the anthology film, 8, and he acted in 2017's short film, The Fifth Man.
Caleb Foote (Bennett)
As Bennett, Byron's overeager yes-man, Caleb Foote plays a cheery character in HBO Max's Made for Love. Previously, Foote starred in ABC's short-lived series, The Kids Are Alright. He was also praised for his stage performance in 2017's Hand of God. The actor's other TV credits include American Horror Story: Cult, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Grey's Anatomy, 9-1-1, and Magnum P.I. Additionally, Foote appeared in short films like 2015's Steps, 2016's Present Day, and this year's A Locker Room Nightmare. Next, he makes his feature film debut with Amy and Peter Are Getting Divorced, which is expected to come out sometime this year.
Patti Harrison (Bangles)
In the role of Bangles, Hazel's childhood BFF, Patti Harrison is a close companion in Made for Love. Most notably, Harrison played Ruthie in Hulu's Shrill. She's also seen in Search Party, Broad City, High Maintenance, History of Swear Words, and I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson. Additionally, the comedian co-starred in Amazon Prime's Yearly Departed. As a voice actress, Harrison is heard in BoJack Horseman, Magical Girl Friendship Squad, The Great North, and March's Raya and the Last Dragon.
Furthermore, in film, Patti Harrison is seen in A Simple Favor. Most recently, she starred in Together Together, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Away from acting, Harrison wrote for AMC's Dispatches from Elsewhere and Netflix's Big Mouth. She also co-hosts the podcast, A Woman's Smile. Right now, Harrison has an upcoming role in Mack & Rita. Also, the actress is attached to star in Lost City of D.
Raymond Lee (Jeff)
Playing the part of Jeff, an environmental activist who went to high school with Hazel, Raymond Lee is a blast from the past in HBO Max's Made for Love. Most notably, Lee is known for his roles as Duc Bayer-Boatwright in HBO's Here and Now and Arlen Lee in Amazon Prime's Mozart in the Jungle. Also, the actor has a recurring character on Fox's Prodigal Son and he's seen in Best Couple Ever! Additionally, Lee guest-starred in How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Scandal, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jessie, Sam & Cat, and Hart of Dixie. Next, the actor appears in AMC's Kevin Can F--k Himself.
Additionally, in film, Raymond Lee was seen in VHYes, Farah Goes Bang, A Leading Man, and last year's Driveways. Earlier this year, Lee played a role in Flinch. Next, Lee will be seen in Top Gun: Maverick and The Unknown Country. He'll also appear in the short film, Fanny Price.
Kym Whitley (Judiff)
As Judiff, a rebellious nun, Kym Whitley plays a fun supporting character in Made for Love. Most notably, Whitley is known for playing Yolanda in Freeform's Young & Hungry. She also played main roles in NBC's Animal Practice and UPN's Sparks and she had a recurring role on UPN's The Parkers. Her other television credits include My Wife and Kids, My Brother and Me, Married ... with Children, Curb Your Enthusiasm, 'Til Death, Let's Stay Together, and Twenties. As a voice actress, meanwhile, Whitley is heard in The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, Pinky Malinky, The Life & Times of Tim, and The Cleveland Show. Outside of acting, she's also a recurring guest host on E!'s Daily Pop and she co-hosts the podcast, Two Funny Mamas.
Outside of TV, Kym Whitley had a standout role in Deliver Us from Eva. She can also be seen in Next Friday, The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Baby Boy, Along Came Polly, Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Black Dynamite, and I Love You, Man. Her other film credits include Transformers: Dark of the Moon, A Haunted House 2, Fist Fight, We Bought a Zoo, and last year's Hubie Halloween. Also, Whitley can be heard in Rango.
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