For the last two seasons, Tara has played Lucille on the critically acclaimed Comedy Central show, REVIEW. She has guest starred and recurred on over forty television shows such as BLOOD AND OIL, ANGER MANAGEMENT, LIV AND MADDIE, LONGMIRE, SHAMELESS, THE EXES, IN PLAIN SIGHT, PRISON BREAK, THE MENTALIST, ENTOURAGE, SAVING GRACE, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, BONES, LOVESPRING INTERNATIONAL, WITHOUT A TRACE, C.S.I., DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, SIX FEET UNDER, N.Y.P.D. BLUE, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, among countless others. For the last 4 years of E.R., she played the hospital’s social worker, Liz Dade. Her film roles include: TERRI, SASSY PANTS, NUMBER 23, ENVY, READY O.K.?!, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, FIRST PERIOD and the upcoming indie feature BFFs which she co-wrote/co-produced and co-stars in with Andrea Grano.
Andrea’s feature films include BFFs (which she co-wrote and co-produced with Tara Karsian) and the upcoming film People You May Know. She recently worked opposite David Strathairn in No God, No Master (nominated for Best Actress at the St Tropez Int’l Film Festival, and Best Supporting Actress at The Madrid Int’l Film Festival). Other films include Homecoming, Outside Sales, Primo, Knuckle Sandwich, and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes.
Her television credits include guest starring roles on “Intelligence”, "Castle", “Heartbeat”, "Brothers and Sisters", "Law and Order: LA", "October Road", "InJustice", "The District", as well as recurring roles on Fox's "24", “The Young and the Restless”, and David Kelly's "Girl's Club".
As a member of The Echo Theater Company: the world premiere of David Ives' The Other Woman, Kate Robin's ANON, God's Ear, the world premiere of Jessica Goldberg’s Better, and the West Coast premiere of American Falls. Off-Broadway: the world premiere of White's Lies opposite Betty Buckley. She is CFO and co-founder of Sneaky Pete Productions, and was an Executive Producer on The Winning Season (Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts) and Wilde Salome (Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain).
An icon of the Australian screen, Sigrid has starred in many of the films now regarded as classics of the Australian cinema. They include George Miller's box office hit THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER , THE LIGHTHORSEMEN, directed by Simon Wincer, SLATE WYN AND ME, and THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER II.
Television career highlights include SEACHANGE (for which she received numerous awards and nominations), THE BOY IN THE BUSH (opposite Kenneth Brannagh) and THE FAR COUNTRY (opposite Micheal York), the miniseries 1915, HBO’s highly acclaimed ALL THE RIVERS RUN, and David Jacob’s PARADISE/GUNS OF PARADISE for CBS, in a role created for Sigrid, the first Australian actress in a starring role in a US network series. Also, ratings winner LITTLE OBERON and most recently in her critically acclaimed role of Judy Garland in PETER ALLEN, Not The Boy Next Door (AACTA/AFI award winner).
Sigrid also appeared in Nine’s smash hit drama UNDERBELLY - THE GOLDEN MILE, as well as the highly regarded bio series, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?, She recently guest starred in SEVEN DAYS LATER, WENTWORTH, and THE CODE.
Notable theater credits include Alan Bennett’s TALKING HEADS (with Brenda Blethyn), as Desiree inA LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Sydney Opera House, as Blanche Du Bois in Black Swan’s landmark 2014 production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and the sell out Australian tour of THE BLUE ROOM.
.In addition to BFFs, Sigrid has also recently worked on several highly acclaimed independent films including THE TELEGRAM MAN (BAFTA LA winner) and Michael Rymer’s multi award winning FACE TO FACE. In 2003 Sigrid was honoured as one of the top 100 Australian Entertainers of the century by the Variety Club.
In Pat Carroll’s 63 years in the theatrical profession, she has worked steadily on stage as well as in television and film. A celebrated actress in all mediums, she has been nominated for a TONY (1955‘s Catch a Star); won an EMMY (1956’s “Caesar’s Hour”); won a GRAMMY, Outer Critic Circle Award, AND a Drama Desk Award (for her much lauded one-woman show Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein); and been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award (AMC’s mini-series, The Royale).
Ms. Carroll began her career on stage, playing more than 200 roles before her Broadway debut in Catch a Star. She began her television career in 1953 on “The Red Buttons Show.” In addition to her Emmy award winning work on “Caesar’s Hour”, she was also a series regular on “The Danny Thomas Show”, “Busting Loose”, “The Bobby Sherman Show”, “The Ted Knight Show”, and “She’s the Sheriff”. Her most notable guest star credits include “The Carol Burnett Show”, “The Red Skelton Show”, “The Danny Kaye Show”, and her portrayal of Prunella in “Cinderella” (which ran consecutively on CBS for ten years). She was also known for her work on such dramatic shows as “Kraft Theater”, “Producer’s Showcase”, and G.E. Theater” and also became known as the “dowager queen” of talk and game shows.
In 1979, Ms. Carroll starred in her first one-woman show (the multi-award winning Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein). She later received three HELEN HAYES AWARDS (as the nurse in The Shakespeare Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet, as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor”, and for her heralded portrayal of the title character in Brecht’s Mother Courage). In 1992, she starred in The Show-Off at The Roundabout Theatre on Broadway, and later returned to Broadway between 1998-1999 in Sophocles’ Electra.
In film, she is known as the voice of one of the greatest film villains of all time- Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She also has a platinum record for the film’s album. She later played Ursula’s sister “Morgana” in The Little Mermaid II. Other film credits include Songcatcher (for which she also sings on the CD of the film’s score), Freedom Writers, and Nancy Drew.
Larisa Oleynik began her professional acting career at the age of eight in a San Francisco production of Les Miserables. She went on to star in the popular Nickelodeon show The Secret World of Alex Mack and then in (your favorite) teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You. She is nostalgic for the 90s and flannel, too.
Since graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in ’04, Ms. Oleynik has been steadily building up her resume with TV guest appearances and independent films. Recent favorites include multi – episode arcs on Hawaii 5-0 and Pretty Little Liars, and a recurring gig on Mad Men as Mrs. Ken Cosgrove. Larisa is grateful for the privilege to work as an actor and is thrilled to be a part of BFFs with the rest of these funny humans.
Sean Maher is well known to television and film audiences for his role as Dr. Simon Tam in Joss Whedon's feature "Serenity" – the film that was based on the critically acclaimed series "Firefly." Maher was born and raised in New York where he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. During his dramatic studies, he trained at the Experimental Theatre Wing and Playwright's Horizons, as well as abroad in London. He moved to Los Angeles after landing the coveted title role in the FOX drama "Ryan Caufield: Year One." Additional credits include "The Mentalist," "Human target," and "Warehouse 13."
Sean can be seen this year recurring as ‘Mark Scheffer’ (aka ‘Shrapnel’) on the hit series ARROW for The CW. Other recent credits include NBC's provocative series "The Playboy Club" and the Lionsgate / Joss Whedon feature film "Much Ado About Nothing." Maher is a yoga enthusiast and LGBT advocate. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner and their two children.
JENNY O’HARA has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles, and Regionally. On Broadway she starred in The Fig Leaves are Falling and Promises, Promises, as well as appearing in The Odd Couple (the female version) as Sylvie and Olive, The Kid, and The Iceman Cometh, after making her debut opposite Alec Guiness in Dylan. Her most recent Off-Broadway appearance was in Luck of the Irish written by Kirsten Greenidge, directed by Rebecca Taichman at the Claire Tow Theatre, Lincoln Center. Regionally she starred in the award winning Bakersfield Mist (LA Weekly Nomination), written and directed by Stephen Sachs at the Fountain Theatre, in Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Geffen, in Amy Hertzog’s 40000 Miles, and in Richard Greenberg’s Our Mother’s Brief Affair (LA Drama Critics Circle nomination) at South Coast Rep. She also starred in the Lisa James directed Little Egypt (Dramalogue Award) at the Met, the Matrix and in NY. Additional credits include A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh (LA Weekly and LA Drama Critics nominations) at Theatre Tribe, The Body of Bourne at the Mark Taper, Allan Miller’s The Fox (Dramalogue Award) at the Back Alley, the Las Palmas and The Roundabout in NY, and Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye at Yale Rep.
Jenny’s TV credits are extensive, covering a wide spectrum, including TV movies and series regular roles, as well as recurring characters in The King of Queens and Big Love, and guest appearances in Rizzoli and Isles, The Closer, NCIS, CSI, House, Nip/Tuck, Six Feet Under, Reba, among numerous others.
Films include BFFs, Sassy Pants, Heavy Lifting, Devil (M.Night Shyamalan), Mystic River (Clint Eastwood), Matchstick Men (Ridley Scott), Extract, Forty Shades of Blue, Two Weeks, Jonathan Toomey, How to Make Love to a Woman and Heartbeat.
Jenny is a member of the Matrix and Theatre Tribe companies and of The Ensemble Studio Theatre in NY and LA.
Legendary film and television icon RICHARD MOLLis probably best known for his memorable portrayal of “Bull” on the long-running NBC sitcom NIGHT COURT, providing the comic foil to John Laroquette’s “Assistant D.A. Dan Fielding”.
Richard’s prolific body of work includes such classics as SCARY MOVIE 2, JINGLE ALL THE WAY and LIAR’S MOON. Most recently, Richard created the role of “Ken” in the indie romantic comedy “BFF’s”, “Old Vic” in the indie film LAKE EFFECTS, “Kreeger” in SORORITY PARTY MASSACRE, and he starred as the tortured murderer “Darnell Finch” in the campy TV Horror Movie GHOST SHARK. Richard also created the spine-tingling, evil “Kolchak Jefferson Stillwall” in the horror film HEADLESS HORSEMAN.
Richard has appeared regularly on TV since 1967. He has Guest Starred on shows such as Charlie Sheen’s ANGER MANAGEMENT, COLD CASE, SMALLVILLE and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED. He was “The Drifter” on the series 100 DEEDS FOR EDDIE MCDOWD. Richard had recurring roles on THE INCREDIBLE HULK, DR QUINN: MEDICINE WOMAN, DUKES OF HAZARD and he provided the voice of “Two-Face” on the animated BATMAN TV Series and reprised the role recently on BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. He also voiced “Scorpion” on SPIDERMAN and “Norman” on MIGHTY MAX. He also toured the US in a role that is now called “the definitive Abe Lincoln” in the historical drama THE LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES.
A passionate environmentalist, Richard has testified before the Senate Subcommittee on the Environment. He has also been active in the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and has testified before the House Subcommittee on Aging. He is now happy to live high in the mountains in Southern California. However, Richard Moll’s favorite role of all time remains his role as Dad to his two wonderful kids, Chloe and Mason.
An award winning chameleon actor of film, television and stage, Parise is known for his range and versatility and has appeared as a wide variety of different characters on top television shows such as CSI, Party Down, Castle, Jericho as well as CSI: NY, in which he appeared as 2 different characters, 5 years apart.
In film he has worked on three occasions with legendary filmmaker Wim Wenders, including Don’t Come Knocking, written by and starring Sam Sheppard. He has starred in numerous independent films playing enigmatic and eccentric characters. For his portrayal in Callback; the Unmaking of Bloodstain, Parise took home 3 “Best Actor” awards from various festivals.
In the film Sweet Talk, Parise stars opposite Natalie Zea as a struggling writer with an extremely active imagination and propensity for storytelling. Sweet Talk was written by the award winning playwright and novelist Peter Lefcourt and is currently available on iTunes & VOD.
Parise can currently be seen on General Hospital as Carlos Rivera.
Russell Sams, a native East Tennessean, has always found joy in the art of story telling through acting. He strives to find the truth in his characters and to be of service to the story being told.
After a two year stint at the University of Tennessee, he moved to Los Angeles. Within six months of arriving in L.A., Mr. Sams did his first movie, “What Matters Most” in Vega, Texas directed by the late Jane Cusamano. Since then, Mr. Sams has appeared in thirteen television shows, one in which his portrayal of a schizophrenic helped win the Vision Award.
Along with his tv appearances, Mr. Sams has acted in nearly thirty short films and ten features. In his breakthrough role as “Dick” in “The Rules of Attraction”, he plays opposite of Swoosie Kurtz, Ian Somerhalder, and Faye Dunaway, where he received acclaim from the New York Times as a “tour de force”.
He has played a serial killer opposite of Richard Gere and Claire Daines, as well as an arsonist opposite of Jennifer Love Hewitt. Most recently he was a naval officer being interrogated by Mark Harmon in NCIS.
Molly Hagan is an acting veteran who has had the privilege of working with some of the most talented directors in Hollywood such as John Rich, Blake Edwards, Alexander Payne, Neil Abramson, Neil Burger, Kevin Smith and Joe Johnston. Highlights in movies are: Some kind of Wonderful, Ringmaster, Election and The Lucky Ones. In TV her favorites are: The Nutt House, Herman's Head, Unfabulous and Chaos. Last year brought a slew of terrific indies her way. Watch out for Undiscovered Gyrl, The Last Light, and of course BFF’s!
Dan was born in Prineville, Oregon and raised just 26 miles down the road in the farming town of Madras. An avid outdoorsman and all star athlete, Dan was signed by Ford modeling agency in New York City while participating in a contest for Gillette while attending San Diego State University on a Track scholarship. He moved to Los Angeles to become a full time actor and within a few months started working in commercials and television guest appearances. His first big break came when he was cast as Lt. Johnny McKay on the critically acclaimed CBS show, “Tour Of Duty”. This gave him the momentum to eventually be cast in over a dozen television pilots and numerous guest appearances on shows such as “Friends“, “Will and Grace“, “Melrose Place“, “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, ”Lost”, “The Adventures of Old Christine” and “Hot in Cleveland”, just to name a few. He has also been in many feature films but “Teen Witch” and “The Son-In-Law” are what he is most recognized for. He is probably best known for portraying Kevin Buchanan on “One life to Live”. In 2008 he made his directorial debut with a short film “The Art of Getting Over It”. His most recent movie BFF’S is making its world premiere at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Dan has been married to actress and singer Lisa Fuller, who he met while filming the movie “Teen Witch” and has one son, Cole. In his spare time Dan loves to brew micro beer and play as much golf as possible.