The cast for the adaptation of “My Life With the Walter Boys” is here! The 10-episode series based on Ali Novak and Sourcebook Fire’s book of the same name follows Jackie Howard who relocates to rural Colorado after her family dies in an accident, and has to navigate her new normal living with her new guardians and their children.
I first read “My Life with the Walter Boys“ back in 2016, and learned about it because I read (and adored!) another one of her books, “The Heartbreakers.” (In an earlier draft, I think that the two books were connected, but that was changed once it was published.)
Who was cast?
Nikki Rodriguez and Noah LaLonde will portray the leads, Jackie Howard and Cole Walter, respectively. As for the rest of the Walter family, Ashby Gentry will play Alex Walter, Connor Stanhope will portray Danny, Johnny Link will portray Will Walter, and Corey Fogelmanis will play Nathan. Zoë Soul will play Haley Young and Jaylan Evans will play Skylar Summerhill. Rounding out the regular cast is Sarah Rafferty who will portray Dr. Katherine Walter, Jackie’s new guardian, and Marc Blucas, who will portray her husband George.
Want to learn more about each character? Deadline has descriptions of each!
“My Life with the Walter Boys” gained popularity on Wattpad before being published by Sourcebooks Fire. You can read the book for free with Kindle Unlimited, or buy the paperback — it’s on sale right now for only $6.50 on Amazon!
Full Cast of “My Life with the Walter Boys”:
- Nikki Rodriguez as Jackie
- Noah LaLonde as Cole
- Ashby Gentry as Alex
- Sarah Rafferty as Dr. Katherine Walter
- Marc Blucas as George
- Connor Stanhope as Danny
- Johnny Link as Will
- Zoë Soul as Haley Young
- Corey Fogelmanis as Nathan
- Jaylan Evans as Skylar Summerhill
- Dean Petriw as Jordan
- Lennix James as Benny
- Alix West Lefler as Parker
- Alisha Newton as Erin
- Ashley Tavares as Tara
- Moheb Jindran as Nikhil
- Ellie O’Brien as Grace
- Mya Lowe as Kiley
- Gabrielle Jacinto as Olivia
Full Character Descriptions, Edited from Deadline:
Jackie Howard (Nikki Rodriguez) is from a well off New Your Upper West Side family. Attending an exclusive private school and a smart girl planning on heading to Princeton for college, her plans are derailed when her parents and sister die in an accident. Her comfortable life in New York is shaken up when she is taken in by Katherine Walter, an old friend of her mother’s. Jackie is uprooted to rural Colorado to live with Katherine, her husband, and 10 kids — 9 of which are boys.
Cole Walter (Noah LaLonde) is the classic All-American Boy — blonde, tall, gorgeous, etc. Out of all the Walter boys, he’s the most attractive and athletic, the typical Jock. After suffering a skiing injury, he lost his captain spot on the football team, jeopardizing both his football career and college scholarship, causing his grades to plummet — although his popularity remains better than ever. He has an on-again off-again relationship with Erin, which works since when we meet him, he doesn’t want to be tied down.
Alex Walter (Ashby Gentry) is the polar opposite of his big brother Cole. A lover of fantasy novels, Star Wars, and gaming, Alex is sweet, reliable, kind, open and easily hurt. He’s a dreamer and an undeniable romantic, and his ranch upbringing has fostered a developing talent for horsemanship. He’s getting over a broken heart and doesn’t get along well with his older brother Cole.
Dr. Katherine Walter (Sarah Rafferty) is a veterinarian by trade (and an artist by choice). Katherine is warm, kind, resilient, intelligent and capable. She is the mother of 8 kids – 7 boys and 1 girl. Katherine used to be best friends with Jackie’s mother — and promised to always be there for the family, so when Jackie’s parents died, Katherine was named her guardian. A woman who is comfortable handling all kinds of chaos (including the emotional kind), Katherine is sometimes a bit overwhelmed by the extent of Jackie’s needs but is determined to meet them.
George Walter (Marc Blucas) is a quiet but kind family man who not only opens his home to Jackie, but also to his nephews Issac and Lee.
Danny Walter (Connor Stanhope) is Cole’s fraternal twin brother, but they are total opposites. Danny operates more under the radar – and that’s how he likes it. Thoughtful to the point of overthinking, Danny is quiet, considerate, and well-read. He loves theatre and is most comfortable when he is performing on stage.
Will Walter (Johnny Link) is the oldest child. Hard of hearing since birth, Will wears hearing aids. He’s warm and friendly to Jackie and quickly welcomes her into the fold. A college graduate now working in real estate, Will is struggling a little to really find his place in the world but is optimistic, enthusiastic and always ready to try something new. Him and his fiancé, Haley, live above The Lark Café.
Nathan Walter (Corey Fogelmanis) is the musician of the family. He is an early ally of Jackie’s.
Haley Young (Zoë Soul) is Will’s fiancé. She works at The Lark Café while studying for her Master’s degree and is great friends with Tara Joseph, Jackie’s school counselor.
Skylar Summerhill (Jaylan Evans) is Grace’s friend, and a new friend of Jackie’s. His goal is to be valedictorian and become a political journalist one day.
Jordan Walter (Dean Petriw) is an aspiring wildlife film director, and he’s much more focused on what’s going on in front of the lens than any family drama taking place off-camera.
Benny Walter (Lennix James) is the youngest of the Walter clan at 5 years old.
Parker Walter (Alix West Lefler) is a mischievous, sporty prankster. Parker is the only other girl in the Walter extended family, and she’s not at all happy that she’s going to have Jackie as her “big sister.”
Erin (Alisha Newton) is the most popular girl in school. Driven, intelligent, competitive and ambitious, she has her eyes on the prize and needs to do well in order to get a scholarship to a good college. She and Cole have an on-off relationship, and Erin is smart and sensitive enough to know that her grasp on Cole’s heart is iffy at best.
Tara (Ashley Tavares) is a kind, dedicated and overworked school counselor. She starts to fall for the new English teacher, Nikhil.
Nikhil (Moheb Jindran) is the English and Drama teacher at Silver Falls High on an exchange program from Canada. Nikhil is flirtatious with Tara, Jackie’s counselor.
Grace (Ellie O’Brien) is a confident, homespun type girl from a strict background. Grace instantly adopts Jackie as a new friend — and is stunned to learn that she is now living with all those Walter boys.
Kiley (Mya Lowe) is Alex’s best friend in high school and shares his love of gaming. She’s secretly in love with Alex, and works at a couple of jobs in town to help support her single mom and little brothers.
Olivia (Gabrielle Jacinto) is Erin’s best friend. Olivia loves being in the cool-kids group but secretly knows she’s not that cool. Olivia is well-meaning but often a little misguided.
I’ll be posting more updates as production begins!