There Are So Many Cameos In Hulu’s Bad Hair

We are heading toward the final days of October which means it is the perfect time to add some new scary flicks to your queue. One option is the recently released Hulu new horror comedy Bad Hair. While you watch, keep your eyes peeled for the endless celebrity cameos that are practically as frequent as the hair-raising (and hair filled) jump scares. 

Bad Hair, directed, produced, and written by Justin Simien (Dear White People), follows Anna Bludso (Elle Lorraine), who works at a music video television network called Culture. Despite her great ideas and hard work ethic, Anna is overlooked in her office because her natural hair does not match the mainstream look required to be on television. To jump start her career, she decides to get a weave, which causes deadly consequences. But there are some treats along the way: The movie, which is set in 1989, takes every opportunity to put well-known actors, comedians, and singers in patterned jumpsuits, giant hoop earrings, and wacky '80s hair styles.

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There is a cameo in almost every scene, but you might not pick up on all of them if you are (understandably) shielding your eyes and fearing what comes next. So you don’t miss any, check out which of your favorite celebrities have traveled back to the ‘80s to deliver thrills and laughs in Bad Hair.

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Elle Lorraine Plays Anna Bludso


Our protagonist has been an executive assistant for four years at a Black music network called Culture and is hoping to be promoted to an on-camera personality. Her new boss Zora (Vanessa Williams) implies Anna will never succeed unless she gets a weave to hide her natural hair. Anna listens to this terrible advice, which leads to her hair taking over her life. 

The film’s credits say “introducing Elle Lorraine,” but it is possible you have seen the newcomer before. She had a seven-episode guest spot on Insecure playing Trina and she appeared in the television show Boomerang. She was also in the second season of Dear White People, which is another Simien project.
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Vanessa Williams Plays Zora


Vanessa Williams’ character Zora has raven hair and piercing, judgmental eyes. Grant (James Van Der Beek) employs Zora to restructure Culture to a place that will keep up with the new trends in music. As the new woman in charge, Anna is looking to impress, but Zora is not open to her ideas. 

Williams is a musician and actor who knows how to channel the perfect villain; she played the deliciously evil Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty for four seasons. Some of her other well-known roles were in shows like Desperate Housewives and Daytime Divas and the film Shaft.
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Jay Pharoah Plays Julius


Julius is Anna’s co-worker who she is having a secret relationship with. He is the head of the show Anna pitched to the network — the one she was supposed to headline — called The Block. He disrespects her in front of their fellow employees constantly and dumps her suddenly. 

Pharoah became a household name after showing off his impressions on Saturday Night Live for six seasons. Since leaving the series in 2015, he has starred in television shows White Famous and Champaign ILL.
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Lena Waithe Plays Brook-Lynne


Brook-Lynne is one of Anna’s co-workers who is uncomfortable with the changes the network makes to the line-up. She also recognizes that many of the Black women in their office are suddenly getting rid of their natural hairstyles so they can be treated better in the workplace.

Waithe has popped up in a few movies and television shows like Ready Player One and Westworld, but she is mainly known as a writer and producer. She is the creator and executive producer of the series The Chi, Boomerang, and Twenties.
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Kelly Rowland Plays Sandra


Anna idolizes Sandra, who is a rising pop star featured on Culture. Anna and her friends notice that as Sandra’s popularity increases she changes the texture of her hair, her eye color, and the shape of her nose to appeal more to a white audience. 

Rowland, of Destiny’s Child fame, fits perfectly into the role as a music superstar. She has plenty of acting experience as well and has starred in the films Freddy vs. Jason and Think Like a Man. Some of her recent roles include guest roles on L.A.’s Finest, American Soul, and Empire.
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Laverne Cox Plays Virgie


Laverne Cox’s character Virgie only appears in one scene, but her ominous presence changes Anna’s life. She sews a weave into Anna’s hair, but it is clear that there is something unusual and frightening about Virgie and the hair she possesses. 

Cox achieved stardom after playing Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black. After the show ended, she landed roles in the films Can You Keep a Secret? and Charlie’s Angels.
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Chanté Adams Plays Linda Bludso


The film begins with a flashback of young Linda (Corinne Massiah) trying to straighten young Anna’s (Zaria Kelley) hair using a perm. Adams plays the older version of Linda. The two relatives became closer as they grew older. 

Adams’ career has taken off over the last few years. Her biggest role was playing the lead in the Netflix film Roxanne Roxanne. She also appeared in the movies Monsters and Men and The Photograph.
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Ashley Blaine Featherson Plays Rosalyn


Rosalyn is Zora’s assistant. Rosalyn thinks she is helping Anna by advising her that the way to get Zora’s approval is to straighten her hair. To be clear: She's not.

Blaine is one of the many actors from Simien’s Dear White People family who has a role in Bad Hair. She currently stars in Simien’s television show as Joelle Brooks.
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James Van Der Beek Plays Grant Madison


Grant Madison is the owner of the network where Anna works. We first meet him when he walks right into Anna in the lobby as if she is invisible. He wants to change the direction of the network, so he brings in Zora. 

Van Der Beek will always be connected to his titular role in Dawson’s Creek, but he has nailed plenty of roles since then. He led the series What Would Diplo Do? and recently had a guest arc on Pose. He also showed off his moves on the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars.
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Michelle Hurd Plays Maxine Bludso


Hurd appears in a couple scenes as Anna’s aunt. She is much more understanding of Anna’s career struggles compared to her brother Amos (Blair Underwood). She secretly gives Anna rent money when her landlord asks for an extra $500 last minute. 

Hurd has appeared in popular television series throughout her career like Malcolm & Eddie, ER, Gossip Girl, 90210, and Hawaii Five-0. She currently has recurring roles on Blindspot and Star Trek: Picard

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Judith Scott Plays Edna


Edna is Anna’s former boss who had promised her a promotion for four years. Grant brings in Zora to replace Edna, who was head of programming at Culture, when she does not agree with the update he wants to give the network. Although she is ousted, Edna hopes to start a new production company with Anna’s help. 

This list is filled with seasoned actors who have played countless, diverse roles during their careers and Scott is one of them. You might recognize her from her recent parts on the shows All American and Snowfall.
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Yaani King Mondschein Plays Sista Soul


After Anna gets a weave to appease Zora and advance her position at work, she is praised by some and criticized by others. Sista Soul challenges Anna and the idea that Black women need to straighten their natural hair.

Mondschein has had some major releases in the last few weeks. Her show Sneakerheads is currently on Netflix. She was previously seen in multiple series like Boomerang, Good Trouble, The Haves and the Have Nots.

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Nicole Byer Plays Gina


Hilarious host, actress, podcaster, and comedian Byer makes a quick cameo as Gina, one of Anna’s neighbors. She appears after a shocking moment involving the landlord of their apartment building and also returns for one scene at the end. 

Byer is balancing a busy career between her voiceover work, guest arcs, and hosting duties on Netflix’s Nailed It! She voiced a character in the Hulu series Woke and appeared in a couple episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Unicorn. She also hosts multiple podcasts, including one with her best friend Sasheer Zamata.
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Usher Raymond IV Plays Germane D.


Germane D. performs with Sandra’s (Kelly Rowland) and is featured in some of the singer’s music videos. He does not seem to be as self-absorbed or image obsessed as Sandra. When he meets Anna at a party, he tries to warn her about something, but he is cut off. 

Like Rowland, Usher easily played his role as a musician. He has dabbled in acting before and appeared in films like She’s All That, The Faculty, Killers, and Scary Movie V.
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Blair Underwood Plays Amos Bludso


Our introduction to Amos leaves a mixed first impression. He intensely checks Anna for not believing a Black folktale he shares. But he softens when he explains why he was so upset and why the stories are significant. 

Blair is a Golden Globe-nominated actor who landed his breakout role in L.A. Law before starring in major ‘90s films like Gattaca and Rules of Engagement. He has booked multiple television roles recently in shows like Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, Dear White People, and When They See Us.
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DeRon Horton Plays Kieren Johnson


Like a few other people on this list, Horton’s only in Bad Hair for a few moments. He plays Linda’s (Adams) boyfriend who is at the family dinner Anna attends along with Amos and Maxine. 

DeRon joins his Dear White People co-star Featherson in Bad Hair although the two do not share any scenes together. In addition to his role as Lionel in Dear White People, he has recently starred in the second season of American Vandal and American Horror Story: 1984
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MC Lyte Plays Coral


Anna is not satisfied with her hair style so she visits a new hair salon, The Crown, to remove the weave. MC Lyte makes a quick appearance in the film as Coral, the stylist Anna goes to for help with the removal.

Grammy-nominated rapper MC Lyte has previously ventured into the acting world like Usher and Rowland. She appeared as herself in the movie Girls Trip but she had guest roles on Power, S.W.A.T., Queen of the South, and Half & Half.
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Courtney Sauls Plays Aisha


Aisha is another stylist working at The Crown. Her client is Edna who Anna runs into at the salon. She spends a lot of time talking on the phone. 

Sauls is an alum of Dear White People the series and the film that inspired the show. She has mostly booked guest roles on shows such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 9-1-1, Pose, and The Mindy Project

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Robin Thede Plays Denise


Robin Thede plays the cold, unwelcoming receptionist Denise who works at Virgie’s. Anna begs her for an appointment even though she cannot afford it. Denise is not sympathetic to Anna’s financial struggles and wants to throw her out before Virgie (Cox) steps in. 

Thede is known as a writer and comedian but she also flexes her acting skills on A Black Lady Sketch Show. She guest-starred in a season 4 episode of Insecure.
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Justin Simien Plays Reggie “MC McCree” Watson


If you are waiting to see Simien pop up in Bad Hair, you’re out of luck. But, you will hear his voice when he makes a brief cameo as a radio DJ. Anna wakes up to his morning show after experiencing a terrifying night. 

Simien is the producer, director, and writer of Bad Hair so, naturally, he also had to add his voice acting skills to the project. He gained recognition after the success of Dear White People in 2014 and has since written four seasons of the television version. 

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Dahéli Hall Plays Sheryl 


Sheryl and Sista Soul are the two main co-workers who question Anna’s new look when she returns to the office with a weave. Like Anna, they are shocked when Edna is fired and hope to prevent drastic changes at Culture.  

Hall completes the Dear White People group. She has popped up in every season of the show so far. She is mostly known for portraying various parts in the sketch series MADtv. Hall also has a recurring arc on the series Grace and Frankie.
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