Yellowjackets cast – who are the stars of the thriller series? (2023)

Who is in theYellowjackets cast? Ever sinceAshley Lyle and Bart Nickerson’s controversial and twisty drama series arrived on TV screens in 2021, its tale of survival and cannibalism among a group of teens in desperate peril has been a source of fascination for viewers.

The thriller series on Paramount Plus follows multiple timelines. First, a group of teens from a high school football team – not soccer, sorry – must fight for survival in the wilderness after a plane crash in the ‘90s. In the second timeline of the TV series, we follow the surviving characters in the present day as they adjust to adult lives in the wake of their horror movie experience.

In the wake of the Yellowjackets season 1 ending and as we tick off the days until the Yellowjackets season 2 release date, we have you covered on theYellowjackets cast. So dive in and find out all about the faces behind the best Yellowjackets characters.

Who is in the Yellowjackets cast?

  • Melanie Lynskey/Sophie Nélisse as Shauna Shipman
  • Tawny Cypress/Jasmin Savoy Brown as Taissa Turner
  • Christina Ricci/Sammi Hanratty as Misty Quigley
  • Juliette Lewis/Sophie Thatcher as Nat Scatorccio
  • Ella Purnell as Jackie Taylor
  • Steven Krueger as Ben Scott
  • Warren Kole as Jeff Sadecki
  • Kevin Alves as Travis Martinez
  • Lauren Ambrose/Liv Hewson as Van Palmer
  • Simone Kessell/Courtney Eaton as Lottie Matthews
  • Elijah Wood as Walter

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Melanie Lynskey/Sophie Nélisse – Shauna Shipman

Shauna is one of the crash survivors in Yellowjackets season 1 who adapts best to life in the wilderness. Her past friendship with football team captain Jackie is called into question, especially given her affair with Jackie’s boyfriend Jeff. In the present day, Shauna is still with Jeff and is a stay-at-home mother.

Sophie Nélisse, best known as the young lead of The Book Thief, plays the young Shauna. Meanwhile, the adult version of the character is played by the terrific Melanie Lynskey, who recently wowed us all with her work as Kathleen in The Last of Us.

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Tawny Cypress/Jasmin Savoy Brown – Taissa Turner

During their fight for survival, Shauna forms a bond with Taissa, who deliberately injured a classmate in order to get a spot on the football team. She starts a romance with Van in the ’90s timeline and, in the present day, she harbours political ambitions and is running to be a senator in New Jersey.

Scream 5 and Scream 6 actor Jasmin Savoy Brown, who TV fans will also recognise from The Leftovers, plays the young Taissa. Her adult counterpart is played by Tawny Cypress, who is perhaps best known as Simone in Heroes and for playing Carly Heath in Netflix series House of Cards.

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Christina Ricci/Sammi Hanratty – Misty Quigley

In the ’90s timeline of Yellowjackets, Sammi Hanratty plays Misty as the often bullied equipment manager of the central football team.Her role changes as the crisis progresses and she shows a more manipulative side, which continues into her adulthood. Christina Ricci plays her as a nurse for the elderly with a dark side and a role as a citizen detective. She’s complex to say the least.

Before Yellowjackets, Hanratty was best known for noughties roles in teen series likeThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody and iCarly. Ricci, meanwhile, is a ’90sfamily movie icon thanks to her memorable performance asWednesday Addams in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values.

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Juliette Lewis/Sophie Thatcher – Nat Scatorccio

Nat is a character struggling with drug and alcohol issues in both halves of the Yellowjackets timeline, which causes tension between her and other members of the group. She does have serious rifle skills, though. In the present day, Taissa sends her to rehab, but this does not solve her problems definitively.

The teen version of Nat is played by Sophie Thatcher, who had a role as street gang member Drash in Star Wars series The Book of Boba Fett. Her adult opposite number, meanwhile, is arthouse darling Juliette Lewis, who was Oscar-nominated for starring in Martin Scorsese thriller movie Cape Fear. She has also appeared in the likes ofNatural Born Killers and From Dusk Till Dawn.

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Ella Purnell – Jackie Taylor

Like any classic teen movie Queen Bee, football team captain Jackie doesn’t like it when her high school hierarchy comes crashing down in the wake of the crash. Suddenly, her relationship with Jeff and friendship with Shauna don’t seem quite as stable, and her acceptance toRutgers University isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

Ella Purnell plays Jackie. The young British star had small roles in blockbusters like Kick-Ass 2 and Maleficent before playing the daughter of Dave Bautista’s character in zombie movie Army of the Dead. She also has a major voice role as talented linguist Gwyn inStar Trek series Prodigy.

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Steven Krueger – Ben Scott

Ben is the assistant coach of the football team and the only adult to survive the initial crash, albeit with a leg so thoroughly messed up that the girls have to amputate it to keep him alive. As the only adult still around, it’s a tough time for him.

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Steven Krueger has a handful of screen credits, including in comedy series like Two and a Half Men and procedurals like NCIS, as well as Pretty Little Liars. However, his role in Yellowjackets is by far his biggest to date.

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Warren Kole – Jeff Sadecki

Jeff is an unseen presence in the ’90s storyline of Yellowjackets, but he’s known to be Jackie’s boyfriend and having an affair with Shauna. In the present day portion of the narrative, Jeff and Shauna are married with children. He owns a furniture store.

Warren Kole is a TV veteran, including main roles on crime series Common Law and Shades of Blue. He was most recently seen in the Chris Pratt series The Terminal List. Koleeven has a small role in MCU movie The Avengers as the SHIELD technician with a love for Galaga, for those who are very eagle-eyed.

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Kevin Alves – Travis Martinez

One of the fewmale characters in the younger half of the Yellowjackets cast, Travis ended up in the crash as a result of being the son of the team’s coach. He begins a relationship with Nat after the crash and has been promoted from a recurring cast member to a main role for Yellowjackets season 2.

Before he began acting, Alves was a champion figure skater and competed for Brazil at the World Championship in 2009. Now though, he’s a fully-fledged actor with roles in Shadowhunters and Locke and Key, as well as Yellowjackets.

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Lauren Ambrose/Liv Hewson – Van Palmer

The team’s goalkeeper, Van begins a romance with Taissa after the crash. She’s a recurring character in Yellowjackets season 1, but has been promoted to the main cast for season 2 and is getting a present day adult counterpart.

Hewson played Drew Barrymore’s daughter in the horror series Santa Clarita Diet and they also appeared in Marvel series Inhumans. For season 2, Lauren Ambrose is joining as the adult Van. Ambrose is known for Six Feet Under and, more recently, for playing one of the lead roles in M Night Shyamalan’s Apple TV show Servant.

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Simone Kessell/Courtney Eaton – Lottie Matthews

Much like Van, the character of Lottie is set to play a bigger role in Yellowjackets season 2 and will be a series regular as well as getting a presence in the adult storyline. Lottie has schizophrenia and struggles with traumatic visions after running out of her medication in the wake of the crash.

Courtney Eaton plays the young Lottie, and is best known for playing one of movie villain Immortan Joe’s wives in Mad Max: Fury Road. Her adult counterpart will be Simone Kessell, who has a slew of TV credits including Our Flag Means Death and the role ofBreha Organa in the Obi-Wan Kenobi cast.

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Elijah Wood – Walter

Elijah Wood joins the cast for Yellowjackets season 2 as a citizen detective with links to Misty. He will be attempting to uncover mysteries alongside her, as a new addition to the series.

Wood is, of course, a household name thanks to the Lord of the Rings movies, in which he played the most famous Lord of the Rings character Frodo Baggins. He has since carved out an interesting career in very weird horror movies like Come to Daddy. We’re here for it.

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Who is the rich girl on Yellowjackets? ›

Played by Courtney Eaton

Lottie is the Yellowjackets' resident rich girl, whose ambitions and polish belie a personal struggle she keeps hidden from her teammates.

Who is the red head in Yellowjackets? ›

She is portrayed by Liv Hewson as a teenager and has been announced as being portrayed by Lauren Ambrose as an adult in the program's second season.

Is Shauna pregnant Yellowjackets? ›

In season 1, episode 5, "Blood Hive," the soccer team gets their periods, except Shauna (Sophie Nélisse), who realizes that she's pregnant. Prior to the crash, Shauna slept with Jeff Sadecki (Jack DePew), who was her best friend Jackie Taylor's (Ella Purnell) boyfriend, complicating matters.

Who fell in the pit in Yellowjackets? ›

Theory #1: Jackie got eaten.

Moments later, she falls into a pit lined with spikes and is impaled. Her body is then strung up and slaughtered like a deer carcass and the rest of the crew chows down, wearing terrifying costumes that hide their identities.

Who is the villain in Yellowjackets? ›

1. Lottie. Hands-down the most terrifying character within Yellowjackets so far, Lottie is addicted to power and self-importance.

Who did the team eat in Yellowjackets? ›

There are shown to be seven people involved in the act of cannibalism in episode 1, and audiences know that Shauna, Taissa, Natalie, Misty, Lottie, Travis, and Van survive the whole ordeal — with adult Van being revealed as casting news came to light.

Who is the antler queen in Yellowjackets? ›

It was gasp-worthy to learn that not only had another Yellowjacket made it out (and skipped the class reunion, how dare), but this one in particular had: Lottie was revealed late in the season to be the Antler Queen, having visions and leading the team in invented rituals, including hunting Travis, one of their dead ...

Who kidnapped Nat Yellowjackets? ›

Present day Lottie kidnaps Natalie in the season 1 finale, just as the character's ex-sponsor leaves a voicemail, warning: “I think someone is following me.

Who sent the postcards in Yellowjackets? ›

Shauna eventually comes to this conclusion herself and kills him, only to go home and find out that her husband Jeff was the real blackmailer.

Who was the guy talking to Jackie in Yellowjackets? ›

The role of “Hunter” is played by William Charles Vaughn. Based on the supplies of food and ammunition, the man living in the cabin was certainly either a hunter or a survivalist, so this is likely the identity of the man in Jackie's vision in the Yellowjackets season 1 finale.

What pills does Lottie take in Yellowjackets? ›

What was Lottie taking her medication for? Lottie is taking a medication called "Loxipene" which is most likely a reference to Loxapene, a medication for schizophrenia.

Is Ty the lady in the tree in Yellowjackets? ›

Later, it is revealed that Taissa is the lady in the tree, as the tree is where she crouches at night in a defensive, trance-like state to eat dirt. Lottie also found Taissa doing the same out in the woods after the plane crash.

Did Shauna have a baby in the woods Yellowjackets? ›

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The news that Shauna had a baby in the wilderness would be major news upon the Yellowjackets' return to civilization, so many are skeptical that - if the baby did survive - it would be raised by Jeff and Shauna.

What illness does Lottie have in Yellowjackets? ›

From a young age, at least as early as when she was ten, Lottie experienced visions which were possibly indicative of a psychological condition such as schizophrenia.

Who killed Adam in Yellowjackets? ›

Shauna confronted him in a frantic rage, experiencing flashbacks to her time in the wilderness as she experienced this trauma of what she assumed was betrayal. Adam tried to calm her down, but she ended up killing him with a knife.

What did Lottie say at the end of Yellowjackets? ›

As a spirit seemed to enter her body, Lottie spoke fluent French, and she does so again here, uttering the words: "Versez le sang, mes beaux amis." Translated, this means: "Spill the blood, my beautiful friends." Then in English, Lottie adds the words: "And let the darkness set us free."

Who is the leader of the cannibals in Yellowjackets? ›

All of this suggests that in the present day of Yellowjackets Lottie is the leader of some form of cult that were likely responsible for the ritual killing of Travis.

Who has schizophrenia in Yellowjackets? ›

Yes, Lottie was schizophrenic, Tai might have just been sleepwalking, and there could be something other than cosmic forces bringing everyone back together.

Who is the dead girl in the beginning of Yellowjackets? ›

After a first season shrouded in mystery, the finale did give us some answers. We saw the heartbreaking death of Jackie. We discovered that Lottie is still alive.

Why does Misty kidnap Jessica? ›

We learn that the 'journalist' trying to get all the Yellowjackets to spill their stories is actually a 'fixer' hired by Taissa herself to see if any of her teammates might ruin her campaign for Congress. Misty, sensing there's more to the journalist than meets the eye, kidnaps her.

Do they eat Jackie in Yellowjackets? ›

Jackie is indeed dead. She's gone. And — worse for some fans — Lisco confirmed to Decider that they do not eat Jackie. “I think a lot of the audience said, 'I know what's going to happen.

Who was wearing the necklace in Yellowjackets? ›

It seems most likely that Shauna's secrets are revealed and the necklace returns to its original owner, Jackie. Throughout Yellowjackets season 1 episode 1, Jackie is the girl that gets along with everyone (even the angst-riddled Natalie played by Sophie Thatcher).

Is Lottie The Antler Queen? ›

One of the biggest reveals of Yellowjackets' first season was that teen Lottie (Courtney Eaton) was the antler queen, seemingly able to communicate with the Wilderness. She ended the season by offering up a bear's heart to the Wilderness and declaring, "Let the darkness set us free."


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