‘Firefly Lane’: Who Is Young Kate Actor Roan Curtis?

Firefly Lane is quickly becoming one of Netflix‘s most popular shows, even though the series just launched on the streaming platform in early February 2021. The series tells the story of two best friends, who grow up together, experiencing all the highs and lows that life has to offer.

Starring big-name actresses like Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke, Firefly Lane is well on its way to being one of the hottest new shoes of 2021. Still, there are some other performers in the series who are making waves in the fandom, including young Roan Curtis. 

‘Firefly Lane’ is a fan-favorite series

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Firefly Lane is based on the popular book by author Kristin Hannah. The show begins by navigating the lives of two teenage girls in the ’70s, Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey.

The girls, even though they are very different in terms of personality and home life, quickly form a tight bond- one that endures throughout the decades that follow. By the time Kate and Tully reach adulthood, their paths have taken drastically different turns, with Tully working as the host of a popular television show and Kate dealing with life as a stay-at-home mom who reenters the workforce after divorcing her husband.

Many fans have gravitated to Firefly Lane for the way that the show portrays an enduring friendship between two mature women. With rumors of a second season coming in the near future, viewers are turning to the series to enjoy some classic, heartfelt entertainment — and to learn even more about several up-and-coming young actresses. 

The actresses who play the role of Kate Mularkey

Young Tully and Young Kate on bus in Firefly Lane
(L to R):Ali Skovbye as young Tully and Roan Curtis as young Kate in ‘Firefly Lane.’ | Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

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Sarah Chalke plays Kate Mularkey as an adult. Chalke is a Canadian actress who has been in the entertainment industry for decades and is best known for her work in the cult-classic series Scrubs. Gifted with a great sense of comedic timing, Chalke’s work in Firefly Lane has earned her serious critical acclaim, and it is likely that she will be returning to the role of adult Kate in the second season of the hit show. 

While Chalke plays Kate as an adult, actress Roan Curtis plays the younger version of Kate in the ’70s. Curtis has been in the entertainment business since she was a young child, acting in a variety of projects for networks like The CW. She has appeared in shows like Smallville and Supernatural, but Firefly Lane is Curtis’ first major role in a popular series. 

What does Roan Curtis have to say about the character of Kate?

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Curtis has managed to bring the character of young Kate to life in a way that few other actresses probably could. In the process, she has developed a unique closeness to the character.

In an interview with Decider.com, Curtis opened up about Kate, stating: “I think that Kate has a really beautiful character arc of coming into her own and realizing her value as somebody who is unique and who brings what she brings to the table, and brings only what she could bring to the table.”

She went on to describe how “she kind of looks to Tully with envy, and then as she gets older, [it leads to] understanding that her value, it lies elsewhere.” For now, fans aren’t sure if Curtis will be returning to the role of young Kate for the second season, but if her popularity with fans is any indication, it is likely that Curtis is tied to Firefly Lane for the foreseeable future.