Chozick’s book, published in 2018 by Harper, is a nonfiction account of her reporting on the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections. A critic for Kirkus called the book “entertaining and informative reading for politics junkies, though not as meaty as Katy Tur’s Unbelievable, reporting on the other side.”
Behnam joins Arrow and Supergirl star Melissa Benoist in the series, which will be written by Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, Legacies) and Chozick. Benoist, Chozick, and Plec are among the show’s executive producers.
On Twitter, Chozick announced Behnam’s casting, predicting that “she is gonna break the Internets.”
Meet the latest girl on our bus: "Behnam plays Lola Gabriel, a sharp-witted and passionately political TikTok star and well-known Gen Z influencer."— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) June 30, 2022
... and she is gonna break the Internets. @natashabehnam https://t.co/AkD8wWQuan
Behnam took to Instagram to share news of her role in the series, writing, “I wish I could properly describe what this moment means to me. Colossal and cosmic and simultaneously minuscule in the oceanic flow of our beautiful world. Boundless gratitude to all the loves involved in this moment…I am so excited to be a part of this and to bring some more confident, loud, Middle Eastern representation to ur tvs!!”
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.