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Tamara Kaplan
Full name: Tamara Judith Kaplan
Alias: Tiny Tiger, T, My girl, Beautiful, Gorgeous, Babe, Skitch, Ginger skank, Ironfist, Ginger Smurf, Autumn (Catfish Name)
Gender: Female
Age: 16-18
Occupation: Student at Palos Hills High School
Titan Cheerleader
School President at Palos Hills High School
Relatives: Tamara Kaplan (Mother)

Unnamed Uncle

Friends: Jenna Hamilton (best friend forever)
Ming Huang (best friend)
Matty McKibben
Jake Rosati
Valerie Marks
Lacey Hamilton
Sadie Saxton (best friend)
Relationships: Jake Rosati (ex-boyfriend)
Ricky Schwartz (ex-boyfriend, deceased)
Niall Horan (celebrity crush)
Shayne (fling)
Adam Walker (ex-fiancée/ex-boyfriend)
Owen (hook-up)
Kyle Cohen (hook-up)
Patrick (boyfriend)
Enemies: Collin Jennings
Ricky Schwartz (deceased)
Amber Horn
Portrayed by: Jillian Rose Reed
First Appearance: Pilot

Tamara Judith Kaplan is the main character of Awkward who is Jenna's best friend and a perky, type A personality who is as obsessed with her own brand of slang as she is with becoming popular.


Tamara is seen as fun and outgoing but also often bossy and annoying because of her loud antics. A recurring theme of the series is Tamara succeeding much easier at being well-liked (as a cheerleader, then later as Sadie Saxton's friend) than Jenna. Like Jenna, she also tends to lead a disastrous love life.


When Jenna accidentally kisses Ricky at a party, Tamara ends their friendship by claiming that she was the one who wrote the care-frontation letter. She quickly realizes that Jenna was not responsible for her actions that night, and the two reconcile and she admits that she do not really send the letter, she just said it to spite Jenna for hurting her. During the season one finale, Tamara ends her relationship with Ricky after finding out that he asked three other girls to the winter formal before her. They get back together at the dance when Ricky quotes a Missed-Connections and that he placed for her.

By the second season, Tamara and Ricky are together, but she breaks up with him once again when she catches him kissing another girl during a school assembly. She spends the rest of the season trying to get over him, despite the fact that he has started dating Sadie. In the second-season finale, she makes out with Jake because she is upset over how bad the past year has been for her. Starting at the end of season 2 Jake and Tamara start a relationship together. Tamara replaces Lissa on the cheerleading team after she gets into a cheer accident.

In season 4, Jake and Tamara break up over her controlling and bossy attitude which contrasts to his new boyband personality. However, Tamara desperately want him back, so she creates a fake profile to keep in contact with Jake and tries to find out what Jake really thinks of her. Eventually he finds out and despite his initial reaction, they become friends again. At the end of Season 4, Tamara gets engaged to a man named Adam whom she met in a bar and is in basic military training. She accepts his proposal, thinking that he is going to serve somewhere far away and they can break up within the first few months but in reality, he will be in California which makes her realise that she may be a teenage bride.


  • She created a voodoo doll for Ricky Schwartz, which made her believe she killed him.
  • Her friends only know when there is something wrong with her when she is less communicative.
  • She could have a history of family mental illness.
  • She was the first senior that is/was engaged.