MBTI® Of The Bold Type Characters

We take a look at the MBTIs of Sutton, Jane, Kat, and the stars of The Bold Type, the TV drama set at Scarlet magazine.

The Bold Type is the best type of juicy TV show, featuring three best friends who work at the same magazine and can get through anything together. Jane Sloan (Katie Stevens), Kat Edison (Aisha Dee), and Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) love their work lives at Scarlet, even though navigating publishing and their personal lives can get pretty complicated sometimes.

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Recently renewed for a fourth season, this show has many fans, and it touches on subjects ranging from knowing your worth to love to heartbreak to political activism. Let's look at the MBTIs of the characters of The Bold Type.

10 Oliver Grayson: ENTJ

Oliver Grayson (Stephen Conrad Moore) is Sutton's boss at the magazine where he runs the Fashion Department. He's tough but hiding a heart of gold, funny, sarcastic at times, and always very busy.

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We don't get to know Oliver super well until more recent episodes of the show when Sutton learns that he's adopting a teenage girl, which makes him a more likeable character. When it comes to Oliver's MBTI, it would be ENTJ or "Decisive Strategist." The description works perfectly since he runs the fashion part of the magazine: "They like to organize people and resources efficiently in order to accomplish long-term goals and tend to be comfortable with taking leadership roles over others." Oliver is "assertive" especially when telling Sutton what to do, and he's always "straightforward" and honest with her. It's cool to watch Oliver become Sutton's work mentor and he really believes in her.

9 Adena El Amin: INFJ

Nikohl Boosheri plays Adena on The Bold Type, Kat's main love interest. The two are definitely in love, but they face tons of obstacles (but of course, there wouldn't be a show without those).

Adena is a spirited artist who fights for what she believes in. She's motivating to Kat and everyone around her, and she works as a photographer. Adena would be an INFJ or "Insightful Visionary." These types are said to be "quietly inspiring" which is Adena for sure. She will "seek meaning" in both her work and the outside world and she is "empathetic" (particularly when she comes back to NYC and sees that Kat is struggling with her race for political office). This aspect of an INFJ also works for this character: getting upset when people don't praise her for "making a difference."

8 Alex: ISFJ

Matt Ward's The Bold Type character, Alex, works at Scarlet and recently had a moral awakening. When a story about a woman's "Me too" experience went viral, it turned out that Alex was the guy that she was writing about.  Alex's response is interesting. Instead of denying it or saying mean things about her, he totally owns up to it and says that he can learn from the experience.

Alex's MBTI is ISFJ or "Practical Helper." He tends to hang out in the background, not making too much noise, but he's a good co-worker and friend to the other girls. He's definitely "low-key" but he's also "sensitive" (especially when he gets really upset upon realizing he's the subject of that piece).

7 Tia Clayton: ENFJ

Alexis Floyd's The Bold Type character, Tia, is Kat's campaign manager when she runs for local office. Since she works in poltics, this description describes her: "People with ENFJ preferences are able to get the most out of teams by working closely with team members and make decisions that respect and take into account the impact on others. As leaders, they tend to be adept at building consensus and inspiring others."

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Tia is strong, kind, and does the right thing no matter what. She's "organized" and "expressive" and also "idealistic" since she's trying to make a difference in the world.

6 Richard Hunter: INTP

Someone who is an INTP or "Objective Analyst" will "think strategically" and also be "detached." Those things definitely describe Sam Page's character, Richard Hunter.

For a while, he and Sutton have a secret romance since he's so much higher up in the company than she is, but these days, the two are out in the open and even living together. They're a cute couple but very different since he's so corporate and structured and she's more of a free spirit. Richard is also an INTP since he's "precise" and "analytical."

5 Ryan Decker: ESFP

Ryan Decker (Dan Jeannotte) is Jane's boyfriend whom she nicknames "Pinstripe." He's also a writer and in the most recent season, gets a little bit too caught up in the novel that he is currently on a book tour for. He's conceited at times and humble and sweet at others, so he can be a bit of a confusing character.

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Ryan's MBTI would be ESFP or "Enthusiastic Improver." They're "friendly and expressive" which is Ryan since he enjoys hanging out with other people and attending events and parties. Ryan is a "keen observer" as a writer and he has a "playful" side to his personality. He's trying his best to be a good partner to Jane, but thanks to his recent mistake (kissing another girl isn't a good look), we're not too sure about him.

4 Jacqueline Carlyle: ESTJ

Melora Hardin plays Scarlet editor-in-chief Jacqueline Carlyle. She should honestly be super intimidating since she's the boss, but she's a mentor to Jane and generally very kind to everyone who she works with.

Her MBTI would be ESTJ or "Efficient Organizer." As the editor, she can set any schedule and get people to work hard, and she's very motivating. ESTJs don't like when someone "challenges their bottom line approach" and that sounds so much like this character, who has a tough time recently when a web editor is hired who goes up against her.

3 Kat Edison: ESTP

Kat Edison sounds like an ESTP or "Energetic Problem-Solver." When she learns about the housing inequality and problems in her area, she wants to run for local office. ESTPs "apply common sense and experience to problems, quickly analyzing what is wrong and then fixing it."

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Kat is "outgoing" and could become good friends with anyone that she spent enough time with. She has many other traits of this type, including being "inventive" and "easygoing." She has really great ideas in her social media job at the magazine and is always striving to be better at work and in her life.

2 Sutton Brady: ENTJ

Sutton Brady's MBTI is ENTJ or "Decisive Strategist." At first, she seems like a party girl who is a hippie, but once you get to know her, you realize that she's a big dreamer who has a lot of goals that she wants to accomplish.

From wondering if she should design clothing to working her way up at Scarlet, Sutton will "think strategically about the future." She is someone who is "action oriented" and she's also someone who comes up with a lot of game plans.

1 Jane Sloan: ISTJ

Jane Sloan is a Type A, perfectionist writer at Scarlet who often thinks that she knows the right thing to do... and it often turns out to be the wrong thing to do. She's nice, stylish, a good friend to Kat and Sutton, and very principled.

Jane's MBTI would be ISTJ or "Responsible Realist." This type is "systematic" and "careful managing details." They also like to work on their own which is definitely Jane since she's a writer. ISTJs are also "duty bound" and "painstaking" which is Jane, that's for sure. Whether she's helping her friends with a problem or researching a feature article, she never leaves any stone or detail unturned.

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