Tony-Winning Actress Renée Elise Goldsberry Is Owning The Court as Lawyer Mallory Book in She-Hulk
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a worthy entry point for new Marvel Cinematic Universe fans, and also perfect for die-hard fans eager for cameos and references to other superheroes. And to make things a little different, it’s actually not your typical superhero fare, but rather a surprising legal comedy with episodic plot structures. The show primarily serves as an MCU introduction to Jennifer Walters, aka, She-Hulk, but each week gives us a surprise to look forward to, whether it’s a returning favorite actor from MCU past like Benedict Wong’s Wong or Tim Roth’s Emil Blonsky, a surprising real-life cameo, or a teaser for the shows or movies coming soon.
Episode 5 of She-Hulk is chock full of fun appearances. Jen/She-Hulk has two superhuman predicaments: her clothes and the ownership of her name. While her assistant and best friend Nikki handles She-Hulk’s desperate need for a new wardrobe, Jennifer enlists the help of another lawyer at the firm to reclaim her name after Titania (played by Jameela Jamil) trademarks it.
Mallory Book takes on Jennifer’s case and makes it clear she’s the one in control. Jennifer has to take a backseat in this episode, as Book fights for Jen’s right to use the She-Hulk moniker. Despite her initial professional, no nonsense, attitude, Jen quickly takes a liking to Mallory and desperately wants to be friends. Mallory has a great fashion sense, knows how to win cases, and quickly gets on board with all the intricacies of Jen’s wild superhero life. What more could you want in a friend?
Fans watching may have recognized Mallory–well, the actress who plays Mallory–from other television shows, and maybe even from Broadway. Here’s everything you should know about the actress who plays Mallory Book.
Renée Elise Goldsberry plays Mallory Book in She-Hulk.
Goldsberry is a talented actress featured in various movies, television shows, and on the stage. You probably know her best from the Tony-award winning role of Angelica Schuyler in the original cast of Hamilton (which you can also now see on Disney+). She has two Daytime Emmy nominations for her work on One Life to Live, and has also appeared on the legal drama The Good Wife. So, She-Hulk is a probably a fun exercise for this acting legend.
Recently, Goldsberry appeared in the movies tick tick…Boom! alongside Andrew Garfield as a Sunday Legend (a cameo in a memorable scene full of cameos) and Anything’s Possible as Selene. Aside from her role in She-Hulk, she’s also a main cast member in the Peacock show Girls5eva as Wickie Roy.
In She-Hulk, now that Mallory and Jen are friends, we could see more of Goldsberry as a powerful ally as the show continues. There’s undoubtedly more legal snafus on the way, and Jen will need all the help she can get to balance the demanding job of upholding superhero law and–maybe, eventually–fighting crime. Remember, aside from Titania’s scheming, we still have the Wrecking Crew bumbling around out there—and they’re taking their orders from someone.
Milan Polk is an Editorial Assistant for Men’s Health who specializes in entertainment and lifestyle reporting, and has worked for New York Magazine’s Vulture and Chicago Tribune.
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