A product of modern-day West Philly, Will’s identity is molded by, and inseparable from, the culture of the 215 (Philly area code): equal parts hip-hop, hoops and hustle. Will is a true standout on the basketball court, with the potential to go far and he has a natural charisma and effortless cool factor that draws people to him. When Will is forced to move in with his distant family in LA he is a total fish out of water. The Banks’ rarified, privileged lifestyle is nothing like the world he knows. In Season 2, Will’s big focus is on gaining independence as he builds back trust with the Banks family and taking more control over his life, starting with getting back on track with his basketball goals and looking for ways to be a leader in his own right.
Aunt Viv is an ambitious and successful art academic in her own right, no longer willing to put her own dreams to the side. After receiving a prestigious art fellowship, Viv is quickly realizing the compromises she is asked to make with her artwork to “play it safe.”
Uncle Phil is a self-made man and father-figure who comes from a humble background. His definition of success revolves around how well he provides for and takes care of his family. After losing the DA race, Phil returns to work at the law firm that he founded with his Harvard law school classmates – Now, one of the top African-American law firms in the country.
Hilary is an aspiring entrepreneur who’s motivated to make a mark of her own in the world of food. Now taking over as the Manager of her own Influencer house, she’s learning how to be a boss. She’s also struggling to define her new relationship with Jazz.
Geoffrey is a trusted advisor to Phil and the protector of the Banks family. This season, he must figure out how to rebuild the trust that was broken with Phil while also working through some personal family issues of his own.
Carlton is Mr. Popular and king of privilege, who last season turned to hard drugs when things didn’t go his way. In Season 2, Carlton’s struggles with trying to re-create himself at Bel-Air Academy with Will as his wingman. He also takes the difficult steps to manage his anxiety.
Ashley is discovering her own unique role as the conscience and moral compass of the Banks family. This season, Ashley also leans into her activism after her favorite teacher is unjustly fired.