"UnReal" Season 3 Preview, Stars & Showrunner on new season.
The UnREAL season 3 premiere tonight with an episode is called “Oath” and expect it to will be packed with the betrayal, sex and controversy that TV audiences have come to expect from the series. Once again, Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) will do anything to keep her reality dating show Everlasting on top. She brings back her ruthless but damaged sidekick and producer, Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) to make that happen. To make this season even more special it features the first female suitress. We spoke with cast members Genevieve Buechner (Madison), Caitlin Fitzgerald (Serena) Tracie Thoms (Fiona) Constance Zimmer (Quinn) and Co-Creator/EP Sarah G. Shapiro and the ladies dish on the upcoming season.
We see Madison come into this season with some confidence, mostly because of her sexual relationship with Gary. How would you describe her journey this season?
GENEVIEVE BUECHNER: This season is really her first time being on her own. she definitely has a big ego and is over confident about her abilities. She rocketed to this position so fast, she didn't take the years and years of learning like Rachel and Quinn. So she believes she is this mighty person who can do anything, and it's kinda funny to watch her fumble through her decisions.
Madison seems to be Gary's eyes and ears, as the season progresses does she stay in that role?
GENEVIEVE BUECHNER: She definitely has some big choices to make who's side is she going to be on? Is she going to be on Quinn's or Gary's side? What's more important to her? She always makes choices that end in some kind of catastrophe.
You have the fortune to portray the first ever female suitor, can you tell me about Serena?
CAITLIN FITZGERALD: She is a smart, successful VC tech mogul, who is at the point in her life, that the more successful she gets at work and the higher she goes up the ladder, the harder it is for her to find a man. What really appealed to me about her is that she comes across as this super tough, Type A in control human being but then you see she has all these layers underneath that are pretty dark and twisted and complex. Those are the most interesting characters to play, to have a character that has that kind of dichotomy in them.
Without spoiling with who, can you say whether or not if Serena ends up happy?
CAITLIN FITZGERALD: I think she does.
Your character Fiona gets introduced to us midway through the season, what can we expect from her?
TRACIE THOMS: Fiona is an old friend of Quinn's. They came up in the old assistants pool together. I come back into her life and sort of have an influence on her in the terms of what she is trying to do with her career. Is it possible they could team up? Are they going to be allies or are they going to be foes? It's a little back and forth, who's team is Fiona really playing for. I represent Quinn's past, who she used to be, and who she is trying to get back to, she's trying to find that fire that she used to have.
Being a new character, does the audience get the chance to really know Fiona?
TRACIE THOMS: We find out more about Fiona later, I'm in the next two seasons, Season 3 and Season 4. We learn a little more about Fiona as we go along, in the beginning she is a little mysterious on purpose. She is also a little of a party girl, and that aspect of her life influences Quinn as well. You do discover Fiona is a power lesbian, so we get to bring in more LGBTQ diversity to the show.
Quinn has to be one of the most fun, complex characters on television. She has gone through a lot in the two seasons, this season looks she is starting with a position of power but it quick changes. How would you describe Quinn this season?
CONSTANCE ZIMMER: I have to say, I was really nervous doing this season, because they told me "You are going to start off and you are not doing well." I'm use playing Quinn strong, but it was really fun to find the layers and keep it real and honest. They do crazy things, there are two people who died last season and we need to see those effects and we do need to see the effects of her whole world being turned upside down. She was in love, she was going to have kids, then she found out she couldn't have kids. So I really love being able to play the struggle of trying to keep it all together. How do you stumble and figure out how to get back up.
Can we get a sense of what's going to happen for the season?
SARAH G SHAPIRO: Sure. So, as you know, we have a female suitress on "UnREAL" for the first time, and it's played by Caitlin Fitzgerald, who is a phenomenal actress, from "Masters of Sex." We are also going to explore Quinn, and Rachel, and the very intense, emotional journeys as they deal with the fallout of what happened at the end of Season 2, and what Jeremy did. And Quinn brings in a new therapist, who is a real-ass shrink, for the first time for Rachel, who really takes her on a journey to sort of try to find where her darkness comes from, and look into her sort of own childhood traumas. We sort of let Rachel go really, really far. You know, like she -- we open on her having pretty much left the world, which was a really fun place for us to go as writers, was to sort of let her be in a totally different place than we've ever seen her. And, also, from Quinn's realization at the end of the last season that she couldn't have kids, and she started doubling down on work. So they're both just coming back in very, very interesting places, with just a lot to workout between themselves.
UNREAL airs Monday nights on Lifetime