Ok, so, some of you may be aware that Netflix recently released a new original series titled Girlboss. What some of you may not know is whether you want to commit your precious chill time to watching said original series. The good news is, I’ve seen the entire first season and I’m here to give you the rundown in hopes of helping you make your decision. The bad news… you’re actually going to have to read all of this. But you’re an intelligent human being so that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
First off, you need to know the main and certainly mentionable supporting characters.
Sophia (played by Britt Robertson)
She’s a girl. She’s the boss.
Sophia is the main character of this whole shebang. Without her, there is no story. She’s fierce, independent, and basically a human phoenix. She also likes to break the law and come on, who doesn’t like a good story about the life and lessons of a rebel?
Some basic background on Sophia: Her mother left when she was 12, she has a rocky relationship with her dad, a fiery disdain for conventional adulthood, and the world’s most amazing #bestfriendgoals named…
Annie (played by Ellie Reed)
Oh, Annie. What would this story be without your bright smile, quirky habits, and quick wit?
Annie is the ultimate best friend. She’s free spirited, fun loving, and loyal. She’s a makeup artist, and a darn good one at that, often helping Sophia with her photoshoots. She’s one of those characters that makes your soul sing every time she graces the screen because you know she’s about to say something completely awesome. Her insanely witty (usually dirty) comebacks are absolute FIRE and one of the highlights of the entire show. Teach us your ways, Annie Almighty.
Lionel (played by RuPaul)
Lionel is Sophia’s super sassy, super gay neighbor from across the hall. He’s the totally lovable character that shows up every now and again, but when he does you can’t help but want more of his one liners. Best of all? He’s played by RU-FREAKIN-PAUL.
He’s a TSA, a pot smoker, fake landlord, and a member of a gay men’s caroling group. If that doesn’t equal “most interesting, grin-inducing, heart warming supporting character of all time” then I don’t know what does. If you don’t love Lionel, how in the hell you gonna call yourself an emotionally functional human? Can I get an amen up in here?!
(Side note: Ru totally drops an “oh no she betta don’t” in the show and I may or may not have squealed when I heard it.)
Shane (played by Johnny Simmons)
*heart-wrenching, angsty, he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not sigh*
Shane… you beautiful, baby-faced, drummer boy, you.
Shane is Sophia’s super adorable ~love~ interest that she meets in a bar/club thing after seeing him play a set with his band at said bar/club thing. They’re all like “Oh hey, stranger that I can clearly make obvious eye contact with all the way across this overly crowded, poorly lit, excessively red room. You’re hot. Let’s smile at each other and then fall in love in a really quirky, unrealistic fashion.” Not gonna lie, it’s pretty cute… and also terrible… but mostly cute. I love it. I mean, I hate it. But I love it
Dax (played by Alphonso McAuley)
There’s not much to say about Dax except that he’s the most level headed person in this entire series. And I love him for that. He’s a business student, bartender (at the overly crowded, poorly lit, excessively red bar/club thing), Shane’s friend, and Annie’s bae. Dax is cool. We like Dax.
Girlboss is loosely based (very loosely according to the opening credits) on the life and entrepreneurial journey of real life woman crush and Nasty Gal creator, Sophia Amoruso. Amoruso has stated that her character, played by Britt Robertson, is the only person in the series based on real life. But that’s sorta soul crushing so I’m going to get my mind off of it by telling you about the basic storyline.
Sophia needs money. She’s got an eviction notice on the door, an empty fridge, and the world’s crappiest car. She dumpster dives and steals things on a regular basis proclaiming, “Adulthood is where dreams go to die.” The problem is, Sophia doesn’t know what her apparent endangered dream is. That is, until she gets an idea while surfing eBay for vintage clothing (all of which, Sophia notices, is poorly advertised with terrible images and descriptions).
With a passion for vintage clothing and a give-em-hell attitude, Sophia sets out to conquer the conventional world. She stalks thrift stores, haggles with sales people, and alters her vintage treasures to resale on eBay. She does all of this while balancing her friendship with Annie, helping a crazy art student, battling the other (super weird) eBay shop owners, being with a cute drummer and facing all the drama that offers, and attempting to prove herself to her father. What a slayer.
My Thoughts Exactly
I can honestly say that this series made me laugh, cry, and ultimately, it inspired me. Maybe it’s because Sophia is so relatable in that she speaks to my passion for entrepreneurship and breaking free from the norm. Maybe it’s the super rad supporting cast. Or maybe it is simply that this is a powerful story that needed to be told. A reminder that girls rule and your dreams, whatever they may be, can be made into reality with a little hard work, dedication, and a few stolen books.
Happy viewing, friends.
What do you think? Did you like Girlboss? Do you have another series you’d like me to review? Let me know in the comments below!