The author of the anti-dieting screed Dietland, Verena is a body-positive therapist who notoriously exposed the secrets of her family’s weight-loss program as a pyramid scheme – she’s a woman on a mission. Verena possesses a beauty that is natural yet imposing; with a commanding presence, she’s made it her life’s work “to be assertive and bold in fighting all forms of misogyny and gender inequality.” Verena runs Calliope House, a collective of women who have been marginalized, and reaches out to Plum, eager to provide her with a new way of looking at her life. Her peaceful feminist principles are thrown into doubt when an underground group of vigilantes begins taking matters into their own hands and shaking up the patriarchy.
Before moving to Los Angeles to join the cast of HBO’s Deadwood, Robin Weigert enjoyed a nearly decade-long stage career in New York, where she performed both on and off Broadway. Weigert received Drama Desk nominations and Lucille Lortel awards for her work in Richard Nelson’s Madame Melville, and shared the stage with some of her favorite actors, including Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Cherry Jones, Patti LuPone, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, to name a few. Prior to her role on Dietland, Weigert recurred on the HBO series Big Little Lies, opposite Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, as well as on Marvel’s Jessica Jones for Netflix. She also recently starred in the ITV miniseries, Fearless, opposite Helen McCrory and Michael Gambon. From 2010 to 2013, Weigert played the stiletto-heeled powerhouse attorney Ally Lowen on the hit FX series, Sons of Anarchy. Weigert also starred in Angels in America (the Tony Kushner Broadway play, as well as Mike Nichols’ Emmy® Award-winning HBO miniseries alongside Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, and Al Pacino). On the feature side, Weigert can be seen in Things We Lost in the Fire, starring Benicio del Toro and Halle Berry; Fragments, opposite Forrest Whitaker and Kate Beckinsale; My One and Only, as Renee Zellweger’s sister; Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York; The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, as Julianne Moore’s kind but clueless lover Trish; The Sessions, opposite John Hawkes; and the independent films, Take Me to the River, which screened at Sundance 2015; as well as Pawn Sacrifice, alongside Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, and Lily Rabe.