Greg Hirsch

Greg Hirsch

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Character Analysis

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Grew Up... with his mom, Marianne Hirsch. His grandfather is the wealthy Ewan Roy.

Living... not so confidently. Greg hasn’t quite figured out the whole “being a responsible adult” thing yet.

Visiting... New York City. When Greg is fired from his latest job, his mother suggests he try to ingratiate himself with his grandfather’s estranged brother, Logan Roy. Logan is the founder and CEO of Waystar Royco, the fifth-largest media conglomerate in the world. If Greg could get a role in the company, he would be set for life.

Profession... Waystar Royco employee. Greg manages to snag a job in the parks division, under Logan’s soon-to-be son-in law Tom Wamsgans. It’s a big step up from Greg’s previous job as an amusement park mascot.

Interests... free food and recreational drugs.

Relationship Status... single.

Challenge... not screwing up. Greg is new to the Roy family’s cutthroat world of wealth and privilege. Ingratiating himself with the Roys means balancing a whole bunch of different personalities, including not only bullish Logan and smarmy Tom, but also Logan’s children Connor, Kendall, Shiv, and Roman. When two family members request conflicting favors, Greg has to figure out who to side with and how to avoid putting himself at risk.

Personality... bumbling, anxious, and smarter than he looks. “Cousin Greg” is an outlier among the ruthless Roys—and not just because he’s so much taller than them. He’s awkward, clumsy, and totally unsure of what he’s doing. He lacks the grace and poise expected in wealthy, elite circles. As he earnestly asks at one point, “Have you ever visited the California Pizza Kitchen? They make a Cajun chicken linguine just how I like it!” Greg’s a people-pleaser who gets overwhelmed at the slightest sign of conflict. Yet he isn’t entirely spineless either. Though Greg lacks confidence, he has a strong self-preservation instinct and the intelligence to consider the bigger picture, even when people try to hide it from him.

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