PLAYED BY: Toni Collette
MARITAL STATUS/OCCUPATION: Married/housewife
MATERNAL QUALITY WE ADMIRE: Perseverance. Life probably hasn’t turned out the way Sheryl Hoover once hoped. She’s married to possibly the world’s worst motivational speaker, her son has taken a vow of silence, her gay brother is living with her family after a failed suicide attempt, and her father-in-law has been booted from a nursing home for selling heroin. But through force of will, Sheryl holds this clan together — and even manages to get all of them to take a road trip when her young daughter decides to compete in a beauty contest.
CONSOLING A SON WHO JUST FOUND OUT HE CAN NO LONGER PURSUE A LIFELONG DREAM OF BECOMING AN AIR FORCE PILOT: “Dwayne, for better or worse, we’re your family…”