CHARACTERS WANTED: The Caterpillar - An older, unrelated platonic male friend who tries, unsuccessfully, to look after Dakota (The Cheshire Cat) and keep her out of trouble. Definitely neighbors, he could also double as her supplier. Dakota really respects The Caterpillar and is probably one of the few people she would publicly call a friend. Dream PB: Morgan Freeman. Samuel L. Jackson would also be an acceptable, yet foul-mouthed alternative.
The Duchess - An older, female who may occasionally check in on Dakota. She may have been a friend or co-worker of Dakota's mother, or possibly someone who currently or formerly worked at Phoenix Nights. She runs hot and cold personality-wise, but shows fleeting concern for Dakota for whatever reason. If she has a child, Dakota could have been/currently be a babysitter from time to time. In general, Dakota is pretty ambivalent toward The Duchess. PB: Open, but Helena Bonham-Carter is amazing.
The Alice - The ultimate frenemy. Dakota probably really likes The Alice deep down inside, but she's also likely jealous of her for any number of reasons (money, education, family, status, relationships, take your pick), resulting in a love-hate relationship that could be mutual. If The Alice was in a jam, Dakota would help her without pause and expect nothing in return. But if anyone asked her, Dakota would probably say she hates the bitch. PB: Any.