Apple TV+’s critically acclaimed original series “Dear…”, gives viewers a unique look into the lives of some of the world’s most iconic figures by using letters written by people whose lives have been changed through their work, often through tragic or difficult circumstances.
Season one of the inventive, and often emotional, series saw Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland and even Big Bird receive such letters.
Now, renewed for a second season and set to debut globally later in 2021, “Dear…” promises even more inspiring stories from some of the world’s most famous faces.
Read on for the full cast list for Season 2 of “Dear…”
Viola Davis, Academy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and producer
Best known for: Incredible performances in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, How to Get Away With Murder, The Help and Fences — just to name a few! Davis is also the first African-American actress to win “The Triple Crown of Acting” (Academy, Emmy and Tony Award.)
Selena Gomez, Multi-Platinum Recording artist, actress and producer
Best known for: Starring in Disney’s The Wizards of Waverly Place before becoming a global pop icon who has sold over seven million albums worldwide. Gomez also served as the executive producer for Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and has offered her activism to the LGBTQIA and Black communities.
Jane Fonda, Two-time Academy Award-winning actor, producer, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and activist
Best known for: Enjoying a long and successful career in front of, and behind the camera, playing one of the leads in the long-running Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie and for delivering a rousing speech at the 2021 Golden Globes on the importance of diversity.
Ava DuVernay, Academy and Emmy Award-nominated filmmaker
Best known for: Directing the incredible documentary 13th, which details the way mass incarceration is modern-day slavery, directing Netflix’s When They See Us which won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Limited Series and directing Disney’s book adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.
Billy Porter, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor and singer
Best known for: His impeccable portrayal of Pray Tell on Pose, his tireless activism, groundbreaking red carpet fashion and being one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
Andre Leon Talley, former Vogue creative director and journalist
Best known for: Being Vogue’s fashion news director from 1983 to 1987 and its creative director from 1988 to 1995, writing two memoirs, and appearing in numerous film and television shows as himself (including in 2008’s Sex and the City movie.)
Sandra Oh, Golden Globe and SAG Award winner and Emmy Award-nominated actress
Best known for: Portraying Christina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy from 2005-2014, winning two Golden Globes for her role as Eve Polastri in Killing Eve, and being the first Asian woman to host the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2019.
Laird Hamilton, Renowned Waterman
Best known for: being a big wave surfer who has taken on some of the worlds biggest surf breaks, being regarded by surfing historians as the “all-time best of the best” and appearing in films such as North Shore and Riding Giants.
Kareem Abdul-Jabba, The NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer & Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
Best known for: Playing 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, appearances in television series such as The Simpsons, New Girl and The Big Bang Theory and being a celebrated writer, best-selling author and cultural critic.
The complete first season of “Dear…” is now streaming on Apple TV+, with the second season to debut later in 2021.