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Hulu’s ‘We Were the Lucky Ones’ Cast vs. Their Real-Life Counterparts | Photos

“We Were the Lucky Ones,” based on the book by Georgia Hunter, tells the true sprawling story of the Kurc family. The Jewish family’s core lies in Poland, even though various children like Logan Lerman’s character Addy have moved out of the country in pursuit of their dreams. The Hulu saga chronicles the onset of World War II and the Holocaust as the parents and children get separated and sent to different parts of Poland and beyond.

The Kurcs, known in their hometown of Radom as tailors, have five children: Genek (Henry Lloyd Hughes), Mila (Hadas Yaron), Jakob (Amit Rahav), Addy (Logan Lerman) and Halina (Joey King).

Here’s a “We Were the Lucky Ones” cast and character guide as the series rolls out on Hulu, complete with photos of the real-life counterparts portrayed in the series:

From left to right: Joey King who portrays Halina Kurc, and the real-life Halina shown in her false ID with the last name Brzoza) (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Joey King who portrays Halina Kurc, and the real-life Halina shown in her false ID with the last name Brzoza) (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Halina Kurc (Joey King)

Halina is the youngest daughter of Sol and Nechuma. She makes up for her small size and stature with her dominant personality and fierce willpower. Halina dreams of romance and getting married, but the impending war might have other plans for her.

Joey King is known for portraying Gypsy Rose Blanchard in “The Act,” Elle Evans in “The Kissing Booth” films and Prince in “Bullet Train.” She also starred as Ramona Quimby in “Ramona and Beezus” alongside Selena Gomez.

From left to right: Logan Lerman who portrays Addy Kurc, and the real-life Addy Kurc (author Georgia Hunter’s grandfather) in the army in France Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Logan Lerman who portrays Addy Kurc, and the real-life Addy Kurc (author Georgia Hunter’s grandfather) in the army in France Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Addy Kurc (Logan Lerman)

Addy has a mind for engineering, but he would rather devote his life to composing music. He currently lives in Paris, but he visits his family in Radom, Poland often.

Logan Lerman is known for portraying Charlie in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012), Percy Jackson in the two theatrical “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” films and Norman Ellison in “Fury” (2014). More recently, he has starred as The Son in “Bullet Train” and Jonah Heidelbaum in “Hunters.”

From left to right: Henry Lloyd Hughes, who portrays Genek, and the real-life Genek (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Henry Lloyd Hughes, who portrays Genek, and the real-life Genek (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Genek (Henry Lloyd Hughes)

As the oldest Kurc child, Genek has looked out for his family fiercely. He is married to Herta, and he practices law.

Lloyd Hughes played Jamie in the show “Marriage,” Aaron Peel in “Killing Eve” and Elias Leach and Young Archie in “Archie.” He also appeared as Roger Davies in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005).

From left to right: Moran Rosenblatt who portrays Herta and the real-life Herta in Tel Aviv with her husband Genek (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Moran Rosenblatt who portrays Herta and the real-life Herta in Tel Aviv with her husband Genek (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Herta (Moran Rosenblatt)

Herta is Genek’s wife. Her responsibility paired with rebelliousness matches Genek’s. She grew up in a German town, which comes in handy as the war sets in.

Moran Rosenblatt played Tali Shapira in “Hit & Run” and Anat Moreno in “Fauda.”

From left to right: Amit Rahav who portrays Jakob, and the real-life Jakob with wife Maryla (Bella in the series) (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Amit Rahav who portrays Jakob, and the real-life Jakob with wife Maryla (Bella in the series) (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Jakob (Amit Rahav)

Jakob is dating Bella. He loves photography, and he knows that perfection can’t be rushed. He followed in his brother’s footsteps for law school.

Amit Rahav played Yanky Shapiro, the man whom Shira Haas’ Esther marries at first, in “Unorthodox.” He also played Moti in “Matchmaking” (2022) and Aviv in “The Damned” (2018).

From left to right: Eva Feiler who portrays Bella and the real-life Maryla (Bella in the series) in the 1940s (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Eva Feiler who portrays Bella and the real-life Maryla (Bella in the series) in the 1940s (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Bella (Eva Feiler)

Bella dates Jakob, and they have been together for a while now. They have known each other since childhood.

Feiler played Gillian in “Urban Legends,” Lucy in “Beyond Paradise” and other roles in “Othello” (2015) and “The Merchant of Venice” (2015).

From left to right: Hadas Yaron who portrays Mila, and the real-life Mila’s Brazilian photo ID Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Hadas Yaron who portrays Mila, and the real-life Mila’s Brazilian photo ID Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Mila (Hadas Yaron)

Mila is Halina and Addy’s older sister. She recently gave birth to daughter Felisha, but she still struggles as a new mother. Mila is married to Selim.

Hadas Yaron is known for playing Meira in “Felix and Meira” (2014), Shira in “Fill the Void” (2012), Sarah in “Mary Magdalene” (2018) and Achrinoam in “The Complexity of Happiness.”

From left to right: Michael Aloni who portrays Selim and the real-life Selim (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Michael Aloni who portrays Selim and the real-life Selim (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Selim (Michael Aloni)

Selim is Mila’s husband and Felicia’s father. He gets sent away during the war, leaving his wife and daughter behind.

Michael Aloni is known for playing Roy Schaffer in “Out in the Dark” (2012) and Akiva Shtisel in “Shtisel.” He also directed projects like “Shir” (2016) and short film “You Up?”

From left to right: Sam Woolf who portrays Adam Eichenwald and the real-life Adam with his wife Halina (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Sam Woolf who portrays Adam Eichenwald and the real-life Adam with his wife Halina (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Adam Eichenwald (Sam Woolf)

Adam is boarding with the Kurc family when the Germans invade Poland and the war begins. He kindles a relationship with Halina.

Sam Woolf played Rience in “The Witcher,” Roy Phipps in “C.B. Strike,” a Posh Boy in “The Power” and Prince Edward in 2022 episodes of “The Crown.”

From left to right: Lior Ashkenazi who portrays Sol Kurc, and the real-life Sol Kurc, patriarch of the family (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)
From left to right: Lior Ashkenazi who portrays Sol Kurc, and the real-life Sol Kurc, patriarch of the family (Hulu/Courtesy of Georgia Hunter)

Sol (Lior Ashkenazi)

Sol is the patriarch of the Kurc family. He is a husband, father and grandfather.

Lipr Ashkenazi played Uriel Shkolnik in “Footnote” (2011), Eyal in “Walk on Water” (2004), Micki in “Big Bad Wolves” (2013) and Zaza in “Late Marriage.”

From left to right: Robin Weigert who portrays Nechuma Kurc and the real-life Nechuma, matriarch of the family
From left to right: Robin Weigert who portrays Nechuma Kurc and the real-life Nechuma, matriarch of the family

Nechuma (Robin Weigert)

Nechuma is the matriarch of the Kurc family, wife to Sol and mother of Halina, Addy, Jakob, Genek and Mila.

Robin Weigert is known for playing Calamity Jane in “Deadwood,” Hannelore in “The Good German” (2006), Adult Olive in “Synecdoche, New York,” and Susan in “The Sessions.” She has appeared as Mama Polk, Martha Edwards and Cynthia Potter in “American Horror Story,” Nancy Smith in “Bombshell” (2019) and Dr. Madeline Northcott in “Smile” (2022). She also plays the therapist Celeste (Nicole Kidman) sees in “Big Little Lies.”

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