Netflix's newest series Girlboss is loosely based on the true story of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. The series stars Britt Robertson as Sophia, who at the start of the series begins selling vintage clothes on eBay to make a living. Of course, the show isn't just about Sophia's rough path to success. It's also about her personal life. In the trailer, it's clear Sophia has a love interest whose name is Shane. So who plays Shane on Girlboss? Johnny Simmons got the role and I can already tell he's a perfect fit for it.
Fans will probably recognize Simmons from the various films and TV shows he's appeared in over the years. On the small screen he's made appearances on Numb3rs, Klondike, Elementary, and The Good Wife. His film resume is a bit more extensive and includes Evan Almighty, Hotel for Dogs, Jennifer's Body, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The To Do List, and The Late Bloomer.
Since Girlboss is only loosely based on Amoruso's real life, it's hard to say if Shane is actually based on a real love interest of Amoruso. According to Deadline, Shane is "an indie band tour manager and occasional drummer." Amoruso's soon to be ex-husband, Joel Jarek DeGraff, is a musician so that could be where the inspiration for Shane's character came from.
In either case, it looks like Sophia's relationship with Shane will last through at least most of the first season, since Simmons is listed as appearing in at least 10 episodes of the first 13 episode season on IMDB. It'll be interesting to see how their relationship plays out as Sophia struggles with her eBay business, as it first succeeds and then fails, before she decides to start up her own business.
This business aspect of Amoruso's story is true at least, although it's clear to see where the show took a lot of creative liberties. That being said, the main idea behind Amoruso's autobiography of the same name, still carries over to the show. As show creator Kay Cannon stated to reporters, it's all about empowering and inspiring women. "Hopefully [it gives] all women permission to take risks, to dare to suck and fail, and to pick themselves back up and face things," she said.
You can find #GIRLBOSS the book on sale now and Girlboss the TV series will begin streaming on Netflix on Friday, April 21.