All American is a drama series that was created for television by April Blair, and it premiered for its first season on The CW on October 10, 2018. The show is based on the life of a football player, Spencer Paysinger, who leaves his hometown in Crenshaw to pursue his football dream in a prestigious school in Beverly Hills. The show takes us through his journey through winning, losing, struggling with love and his battle to fit in. After a successful first season, the show was renewed for season 2 in April 2019 and it premiered on October 7, 2019. The show has enjoyed reasonable acceptance since it began airing and is currently viewed by more than a million viewers per episode. Meet The All American Cast members.
Members of The All American Cast
Daniel Ezra as Spencer James
Daniel Ezra plays the role of the lead character, Spencer James – a very versatile American football player, who transferred from Crenshaw High to Beverly Hills High to further his playing career. He was moved to playing as a cornerback from his preferred role of a wide receiver after his transfer. He also plays as a running back and a kickoff returner.
Greta Onieogou as Layla Keating
Greta Onieogou plays Layla Keating, who is also a student of Beverly Hills High. Layla, who is the daughter of a very successful record producer, has a soft spot for Spencer. She, unfortunately, lost her mother who was killed in an automobile accident while in Switzerland. Layla was dating Asher before Spencer came along, but after a while, she began dating Spencer.
Samantha Logan as Olivia Baker
Samantha features as Olivia Baker – daughter of Billy Baker – on the show. Olivia had a one night fling with Asher, and when Layla got to know, she ended her relationship with him.
In the show, Olivia just got out of a rehabilitation center, and she is assisting Asher to get his life back on track from alcoholism. Samantha has featured on a few television series such as Teen Wolf, General Hospital, and Melissa & Joey.
Michael Evans Behling as Jordan Baker
As part of the All American cast, Michael stars as the character, Jordan Baker – son of Billy Baker. Jordan plays football for Beverly Hills High under his father’s tutelage, and when Spencer arrives at the school, he takes Spencer under his wings when he joined the team. Michael Evans Behling grew up participating in numerous sports including running track in college.
Taye Diggs as Billy Baker
Multiple award-winning actor, Taye Diggs stars as Billy Baker. He is an alumnus of both Crenshaw High and Beverly Hills High who moved on to play professional football in the NBA. He is the current head coach of Beverly High, and he recruited Spencer into his team after watching him play and recognizing his talent.
Bre-Z as Tamia Cooper
Bre-Z plays the role of Tamia Cooper – popularly referred to as “Coop” on the show. She is Spencer’s friend from Crenshaw High and a lesbian. She became drawn into the gang life when her friend Shawn is killed by a rival gang in the front of his house. She goes on to instigate the gang to revenge Shawn’s death and that of his brother – who was killed a year before. Before joining the ALl American cast, Bre-Z was also known for her roles in Empire.
Cody Christian as Asher Adam
Cody plays the role of Asher Adams on the television show. Asher is part of the football team as a wide receiver at Beverly High and comes from a home that is having financial difficulties. He starts the show as Layla’s boyfriend and when he was dumped by her, he resorts to taking alcohol to drown his rejection and loneliness – which puts him in trouble with the team as he was suspended for 2 games for intoxication. He is then kicked off the team entirely when it was discovered that he leaked the team’s offensive playbook to their rivals.
Jalyn Hall as Dillon James
Jalyn Hall joins the All American cast as Dillon James, the younger brother of Spencer. He is an excellent student and like his brother, he also wants to play football but is considered too young, hence he has resigned himself to playing basketball instead. The budding talent the actor has also had roles in Star, Black-ish, and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Monet Mazur as Laura Fine-Baker
The veteran actress stars as Laura Fine-Baker, wife of Billy Baker on the show. She’s the mother of Jordan and Olivia, and is also a lawyer. Monet Mazur’s other notable gigs include Torque, and 40 Days and 40 Nights.
Karimah Westbrook as Grace James
Grace James is Spencer’s mother who has a history with Billy Baker. Karimah Westbrook is famous for getting a role in 2001’s iconic dance film, Save the Last Dance, after crashing the auditions.
There are several other members of the All American Cast who have either left the show or are currently featuring in recurring and guest roles such as Jay Reeves (Shawn Scott), Casper Van Dien (Harold Adams), Chelsea Tavares (Patience), Brent Jennings (Willy Baker), Jordan Belfi (Principal Ed. Landon), and Elvis Nolasco (JP Keating).