With the second season of Euphoria on hold rn, I’m about to McFucking lose it. I’m craving a new TV show about cool, hip teens. So, excuse me while I go off about HBO’s upcoming TV comedy drama Betty.
Written and created by Crystal Moselle, Betty follows the lives of five young female skater teens in New York City, as they navigate the predominantly male world of skateboarding, relationships, sex and themselves. The series’ name refers to a slang term used within the skateboarding community in the ‘90s for a smoking hawt female skater.
Anywho, the film is based on Moselle’s 2018 Sundance festival film Skate Kitchen, a quasi-fictional-doco about an irl female-skateboard collective in New York of the same name.
Fun fact: the actors in the project are part of the very same all-girl skater gang.
While Skate Kitchen foretold the struggles of being a newcomer in a tight-knit group of girls, Betty aims to explore the multifaceted lives of all five of its group, and each of them have some pretty relatable moments ngl.
Ever seen your crush on the street, psyched yourself up to talk to them and then froze walking past them and awkwardly tried to recover later? Even been bombarded with negative comments online and wanted to confront the person who’s spreading lies about u? Or, maybe you’ve had a series of superstitious questions about sexual health in your teens (like, “can wearing a tampon kill you?” lol) that you felt you were the only one asking.
Well, sounds like Betty might just be for you. And, here’s everything you need to know about the cast of HBO’s cool ass all-girl teen skateboarding gang.
And, here’s everything you need to know about the cast
Nina Moran, irl skater, rat mum and activist
In Betty, Nina Moran plays the group’s ringleader and their token loudmouthed blond tie-dye wearing skateboarding teen, Kurt.
And, if her instagram is anything to go by, there are lots of similarities between herself and her character. An unapologetically Brooklyn, tie-dye loving irl skateboarder, ready to “fuck da patriarchy.”
As she said in a TedxTeen video about the og Skate Kitchen collective, which she founded, to a skateboarder, a skateboard is like a “magical broom,” the minute you jump on, “you feel like you can literally go wherever you want.”
Srsly folks, she almost exclusively dresses like she could pull out her board and do some flips before you could even say Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. Here she is dressed in nothing but tie-dye casual baggy tees, beanies, backwards snapbacks and pink bleached hoodies (reminiscent of style icon and Syrup fave Billie Eilish), donning a few rad ink tattoos of Pokémon and birds, too.
I mean, check out her tie-dye collection. That’s some boss shit right there, a-huh.
When she’s not tie-dying her clothes, Moran is pulling off some sick stunts around Brooklyn.
Or, showing off her adorable pets, cute little rat pals, Limbo and Joey Topaz, and her pudgy chinchilla, Jasper.
Here she is with her baby boy watching Adventure Time.
Rachelle Vinberg gives us life during self-isolation
Rachelle Vinberg is Camille, another badass skateboarding teen in Betty. As Deadline adds, unlike the others in the group, Camille wants to be down with the boys.
She’s perceptive and intelligent but doesn’t care much for displays of affection or loyalty, seen in the trailer sneaking out to go skateboarding and Netflix and chin-chin-chilling with a boy.
But, while she too once grammed her skateboarding flips and tricks, her Instagram feed is now a journal documenting her slow descent into madness during self-isolation.
From buying a guitar three days into quarantine (mood, I’m on the hunt on FB Marketplace tbh), learning how to do a push up, missing her bestie and participating in a music video about quarantine while in quarantine, it’s all a pretty big mood.
And then there’s this slapping game she’s playing which perfectlyyyy reflects my last two brain cells.
Kabrina Adams is a body-positive activist icon
Kabrina ‘Moonbear’ Adams plays Honeybear, the group’s introverted teen with a colourfully extroverted sense of style. Honeybear is quiet and reserved, hiding behind her fashion and struggles to express her emotions, including her feelings for a girl she bumps into in the trailer.
Adams, on the other hand, is a free spirit and bases her Instagram on social activism. Specifically, she posts photos of herself topless to promote female nudity and the Free The Nipple movement.
Here she is wearing shirts about the civil rights movement and history of the African American community in America. Living her best self and reminding us the visibility of black lives matter.
In most of these photos, she’s seen wearing this chunky stopwatch pendant connected to a chain choker, and honestly? It looks cool af.
Ardelia Lovelace is Betty’s fashion inspo
Ardelia Lovelace plays Janay, the skateboarder who’s loyal to her friends (almost to a fault) and gives nothing but love and affection to them and their goals. Truly friendship goals right there.
Meanwhile, outside of the show, Lovelace is a DJ, skateboarder, and, imo, fashion icon.
Here she is in a fuzzy blue jacket celebrating Easter.
And, during a time where we find ourselves wearing masks anytime we go out for essential goods, I turn to her abundance of amazing mask fits. Specifically, this orange koi fish patterned mask fantasy, glittery mouthguard look and some kinda beaded and jewelled Murakami-inspired delight?.
The latter two might not give her much protection from catching Covid-19, but I sure need them rn.
Oh, and she loves a little bucket hat, just like another Syrup fave, BTS’ J-Hope.
Ajani Russell, model and multi-media artist
Lastly, we have Ajani Russell, who plays Indigo, the gang’s resident street-savvy hustler.
Like Kurt, Indigo is fun and flirty and craves adventure. She’s a conflict-avoidant and someone who doesn’t like to start drama, but she’s also the kinda person, as Deadline puts it, who’ll “steal your wallet and then help you look for it.”
By contrast, Russell is a multi-media performer. She often documents her creative journey, from staying up with friends on their play “Welcome to Hysteria,” to posing with her installation art about the concept of “soft,” and how it speaks to “our universal longing for quiet comfort, security and place.”
Truly, her mind… it amazes me.
We’re a big fan of the way she wears her curls.
And, just like Lovelace, she’s not only heard of fashion, she’s living and breathing it.
Here she is looking boss in a red net skirt over a crochet bikini and a purple faux fur leopard coat
A series of iconic looks including a white blouse over baby blue trousers and boots.
Shimmering in pearls galore, oh my.