Strong-willed, conscientious and morally upright, Rebecca Harper is a trusted advisor to the wealthy “ethical capitalist” Sydney Bloom and girlfriend to Alex Godman. Like Alex, she is independent, successful and smart, but unlike him she wears her heart on her sleeve. Despite, or perhaps because of, the moneyed world she inhabits, she’s not particularly interested in the finer things in life – she cares about truth and justice rather than status and wealth.
An orphan of Irish descent, Rebecca sometimes struggles to fit in with Alex’s tumultuous Russian family and suffers some apprehension about their long-term future, but she loves and cares for him deeply. She is searching for a better understanding of who they are and what they want.
Juliet Rylance is a RADA alumnus with an impressive resume boasting film, TV and award-winning theater roles.
Rylance has impressive theater credits and has received huge acclaim for her stage performances. She was awarded the Village Voice OBIE Award for Best Off-Broadway Performance in 2010 for her portrayal of Rosalind in Sam Mendes’ As You Like It. This production was part of the second season of the Bridge Project, which also included The Tempest, in which Rylance played Miranda. Rylance also received a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress for her role as Desdemona in Othello, directed by Arin Arbus, at the Theatre for a New Audience in New York.
Rylance performed three classic Anton Chekhov plays during her time in New York. These acclaimed Classic Stage Company productions included Ivanov, in which she played Sasha, who is infatuated with Ivanov (Ethan Hawke) and dreams of marrying him; Three Sisters, in which she played Irina, the youngest of the sisters, alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jessica Hecht as Masha and Olga; and The Cherry Orchard, in which Rylance played Varya, with John Turturro and Dianne Wiest.
Rylance’s other stage performances include two roles at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London, where she played Perdita in The Winter’s Tale and the lead role, Cressida, in Troilus and Cressida. She played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at Middle Temple Hall, Mary Sidney in I Am Shakespeare, at The Chichester Festival Theatre, and Medea in the West End premiere of Bash: Latter-day Playsat London West End’s Trafalgar Studios.
Most recently, Rylance starred alongside Chris O’Dowd and Andie MacDowell in Love After Love, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. The film centers on two sons, who, after the death of their father, are dealing with the trials of their own lives while watching their mother explore new beginnings of her own.
In 2014, Rylance appeared in the HBO/Cinemax drama The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh. The series was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Drama Series and a Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. For DreamWorks, Rylance’s television credits include American Gothic, a CBS series that follows the members of a prominent Boston family as they suspect one of their own is working with an infamous serial killer.
Notable film credits include A Dog’s Purpose, Frances Ha(alongside Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver), the terrifying Sinister and Sinister 2, and Days and Nights, which Rylance also produced and which stars Katie Holmes, Allison Janney and Jean Reno.