When four paper girls in 1988 are transported to 2019, they must seek out the future versions of themselves to help them get back home and escape the Old Watch, a futuristic faction out to search and destroy all those who time travel.
Stranded in the future, 12-year-olds Erin Tieng (Riley Lai Nelet), Mac Coyle (Sofia Rosinsky), Tiffany Quilkin (Camryn Jones), and KJ Brandman (Fina Strazza) must navigate a technologically advanced world: the talking assistant that is Alexa, the impossibly complex instrument that is the tampon, and the portable supercomputer that is the mobile phone. But more difficult, they must grapple with the choices made by their future selves — their expectations often clashing with reality. Future Erin (Ali Wong) is a barely functioning adult. Future Tiffany (Sekai Abeni) flames out of MIT. Future KJ has a girlfriend she keeps secret from her family. And Future Mac? There is, potentially, no future Mac.
Based on the Eisner Award-winning coming book series by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls explores the promise and peril of time travel and poses the timeless question: Can we (should we) change who we really are?
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Riley Lai Nelet as Erin Tieng
Erin is a dutiful daughter, sister, and newly hired paper girl caught between her devotion to her Chinese-immigrant family and her desire to achieve her version of the American dream — a paper girl from humble beginnings rising to become a US Senator with four children no less. She seems destined for the straight and narrow path until she meets three other paper girls in Stony Stream and becomes part of the foursome accidentally transported to the future.
Finding friendship and acceptance in her new squad, Erin will find it difficult to accept the failures of her own future self (Ali Wong) who has fallen out with her sister, remains single, and still living in their mother’s house. “I’ve just got my house, my job, my dumb little car, and my Xanax,” confesses her future self who, in Paper Girl’s most triumphant character arches, will turn out to be a hero in their battle against the Old Watch.
This is Riley Lai Nelet’s first breakout role after appearing in TV shows like Generation, Altered Carbon, and American Housewife.
Camryn Jones as Tiffany Quilkin
Whip-smart Tiffany comes to the rescue of the new girl in town Erin when she encounters a racist on her paper route. Tiff will continue to serve as the squad’s brainy protector, figuring out the workings of time travel with the help of her adult self so that the paper girls can go back to 1988
Obsessed with success, Tiffany is at first in love with her cool and accomplished adult self (Sekai Abenì) who has achieved pretty much everything they set out to do, graduating Valedictorian at her High School, going to MIT, and becoming this extra cool girl who is the life of the party. Young Tiffany is so fixated on her idea of success that her adult self feels compelled to burst her bubble. She did not graduate from MIT, after all, and growing up hadn’t been easy. “You blew it,” young Tiffany scolds her older self only to discover that the path not taken will lead to something greater: the invention of time travel itself.
Before Paper Girls, Camryn Jones landed recurring roles on several acclaimed TV series such as the EPIX drama Perpetual Grace and Ava Duvernay’s Cherish the Day. Her other television roles include ABC’s sitcom The Mayor and NBC’s Law & Order True Crime.
Sofia Rosinsky as Mac Coyle
Mac became the “first paper boy in Stony Stream who isn’t a boy” when she inherited the paper route from her older brother. Headstrong, hot-tempered, and already needing to quit smoking at the tender age of 12, Mac is a rough-edged tomboy hiding a soft spot for her fellow paper girls with whom she alternately fights and defends against bullies from the past and time-traveling assassins from the future.
Growing up in an unhappy home, Mac will get to rekindle her relationship with her brother who has become a doctor following young Mac’s bout with cancer. With cancer looming in both her past and future, Mac will find love and true friendship in her present company — fellow paper girls intent on finding a better future for Mac.