Plot[ edit ] Five manicurists at the Nail Artisan salon of Manatee County, Florida enter the traditionally male world of organized crime when they begin laundering money for a neighboring pain clinic.
She launders money for one of their most profitable pill mills, so she can save up and buy a better salon. She was in a somewhat reluctant relationship with Roller Husser, but when he withholds some of her earnings, she and his mistress Virginia attempt to kill him. It is later revealed that Desna and her brother Dean spent their childhoods with abusive foster parents, explaining why she's so determined to build a life for herself. She eventually gets permission to leave the mob, but is subsequently forced to continue laundering money for the Russian mafia.
Carrie Preston as Polly Marks: A former professional con artist, pathological liar and skilled burglar, she only recently made parole for running a Social Security fraud scheme.
Her relationship with Desna is one of absolute loyalty; she even threatens Virginia with a knife when she nearly implicates Desna in Roller's "death". She also forms a motherly bond with Marnie, an adolescent girl seeking to escape her own neglectful mother, who is trying to force Marnie into prostitution. Judy Reyes as Quiet Ann: She is openly lesbian , but has difficultly balancing her relationships with her role in the mafia, especially when she falls for a police detective investigating the salon..
Karrueche Tran as Virginia Loc: After Polly is arrested, Roller forces Desna to hire Virginia in her place, but Desna throws her out in disgust after suspecting that Virginia was the one who told him about the arrest. Eventually, Virginia is accepted when she shoots Roller to defend Desna and proves her willingness to master the manicurist's trade. Later, she becomes pregnant after having sex with Dean. Jenn Lyon as Jennifer Husser: Desna's oldest friend, right-hand woman, and Bryce's wife, with whom she has two daughters.
Having already lost more than a few relatives to the consequences of organized crime, she is adamant that Bryce not be part of his family's criminal business, but he does so nonetheless, causing a rift to form between her and Desna.
When her family is absorbed by the Russians, she manages to keep her position at the salon thanks to Desna vouching on her behalf. Jack Kesy as Roller Husser: It is later revealed that he is alive, having been imprisoned by a woman as her sex slave. He escapes and rejoins his family, but when his dealings with the Russians are exposed, he and his brother and uncle are forced to work for them.
Kevin Rankin as Bryce Husser: Jennifer's husband and Roller's brother, who joins the Dixie Mafia to get justice for Roller's death and takes over his narcotics racket, though he is struggling to control his own addiction.
When Roller unexpectedly returns, the two clash over his success. Bryce is subsequently forced to relinquish control of his business to the Russians when they absorb the Husser family. Jason Antoon as Ken Brickman: He suffers from emotional instability stemming from his failed marriage, but ends up finding a potential new romance with Polly. Harold Perrineau as Dean Simms: Desna's autistic brother whom she takes care of. He takes up bodybuilding as a hobby following Roller's "death", and falls in love with Virginia, one of his sister's associates.
Bryce's and Roller's uncle and the ruthless head of the Husser crime family. After the latter disappears, he starts grooming the former to succeed him, but realizes too late that Roller's actions have put the family into deep debt with the Russians. Stripped of his independence, he turns to the Haitian mob for assistance. Jimmy Jean-Louis as Gregory Ruval recurring season 1, starring season 2: Desna's love interest, whose role in the Haitian mafia is unknown to Desna.
Quiet Ann's girlfriend and a detective. Recurring[ edit ] Franka Potente as Zlata Ostrovsky season 2: