Emily, Connor’s ex-wife, is played by American actress Justine Lupe. Before arriving on “Home Economics” as the enigmatic ex, Lupe had her fair share of time in the spotlight, especially on television. The actress’ first small-screen role was in CBS’ “Unforgettable,” in an episode titled “Friended.” Since then, viewers might have come to recognize her as Astrid Weissman from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” a character who became recurring in Seasons 2 and 3. Lupe has also seen multiple episodes of screen time in plenty of other titles, like ” Harry’s Law” and “Cristela,” and since Season 3 of the series, has been appearing in a main role as Willa Ferreyra in “Succession.”
Lupe also notably played Holly Gibney on “Mr. Mercedes,” a television adaptation of Stephen King’s Hodges trilogy. During a 2019 interview with Jacque Reid and Sara Gore on New York Live, Lupe got honest about portraying the character, recalling, “I really did pay attention to the character that he wrote. It’s such a rich character … There’s a reason why she’s a fan favorite. She’s so incredibly complex and lovable and interesting.” Not only is Holly a fan favorite, but King told The Kingcast (via Entertainment Weekly) that the character from the book “stole his heart” — a lovable character indeed!
Lupe’s presence in both “Mr. Mercedes” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” boasts of a broad acting range; these characters exist in vastly different atmospheres but were both filmed during the same time period, from 2017 to 2019. Lupe’s successful portrayal of both the complex inadvertent detective Holly Gibney and the insecure housewife and Jewish convert Astrid Weissman clearly put her versatility on display.