MTVâ€™s Nicole Byer Pilot Casts Sophie Von Haselberg, Fahim Anwar & Rachel Hilson
by Denise Petski
October 5, 2015 2:25pm
Sophie von Haselberg, Fahim Anwar and Rachel Hilson have been cast as series regulars opposite Nicole Byer in MTVâ€™s untitled Nicole Byer pilot. They join previously cast Kimrie Lewis-Davis. Byer plays a young adult who is forced to move in with her sister and four kids in the suburbs after causing a fire in her New York City apartment. Aunt Nicole will offer her own brand of advice to her sisterâ€™s kids while trying to get her life back on track.
Von Haselberg will play Tess, whoâ€™s fun,Â unambitious, and always down for an adventure. Sheâ€™s been in a few fights, kicked out of a few bars, and banned from a few Burger Kings. She works at a supermarket, lives in her motherâ€™s basement and has no plans to change either situation. Sheâ€™s an instigator and though she doesnâ€™t mean to be this way, sheâ€™s a bad influence on Nicole. Anwar plays Sidd, whoâ€™s been one of Nicoleâ€™s closest friends since elementary school. As a Muslim kid, he was constantly picked on and learned to use his words instead of his fists to fend off bullies. Hilson is Emily, the oldest of Sarahâ€™s children, already well aware of the power of her considerable charms, and not afraid to flaunt what sheâ€™s got. Older-acting than her years, she easily bonds with her Aunt Nicole, with whom she has a lot in common.
Von Haselberg, repped by APA and Authentic Talent and Literary Management, appeared in Woody Allenâ€™s Irrational Man and is currently shooting Wizard Of Liesfor HBO. She will soon be seen in Equity opposite Anna Gunn and indie featureÂ A Woman, A Part.
Anwar, repped by CAA, Management 360 and Ginsburg Daniels, has appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers and MTVâ€™sÂ Guy Code. Heâ€™ll next be seen in Paramountâ€™s upcoming feature 4-10-4 starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie.