Speaking on a panel at the Paley Center, Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer—UnReal’s Rachel and Quinn, revealed that Season 2 of the Lifetime series is about to tear the two apart. “I didn’t think we could go this dark,” said Zimmer, ominously.
“[Rachel and Quinn’s relationship] is really the central love story of the show. It’s not really about Rachel and Quinn finding love with men — it’s about them being working women together,” remarked Appleby.
And she’s absolutely right. Season 1 didn’t hinge upon whether or not Rachel found love with Adam, the show’s Bachelor stand-in, or—worse—Jeremy. It hinged upon watching Rachel and Quinn motivate, care for, fail, and support each other.
The last season ended with both Rachel and Quinn, free from their lives’ dead weights (men and morals), saying that they loved each other and giving into their true callings—manipulating reality stars to create amazing television. So where will it go wrong? We know these two are as devious as it gets, so there’s really no limit to what they could do to harm each other. Zimmer just hopes that they ultimately work it out.
“This season, what’s been hard for us is Rachel and Quinn are at odds with each other. We’re always plotting when we’re apart,” she told panel host, Bachelorette Andi Dorfman. “I went to [co-creator] Sarah [Gertrude Shapiro] and said, ‘We come together in the end, right? We have to be back together!’ ”
Shapiro stayed mum on Quinn and Rachel’s fate, but did talk about her choice to cast B.J. Britt as show-within-a-show Everlasting’s first black suitor:
“What was really screaming at me was having a black bachelor. There’s no repressing conversation in the nation right now. I thought it was an interesting thing to explore in terms of black masculinity but also really scary to do as a white woman.... In sophomore seasons of shows it’s so important to not imitate yourself and not outdo yourself. It’s not repeating what you did in season one but responding to what your characters want and need. And what Rachel needs is to have purpose.”
If only the real Bachelor (on which Everlasting is loosely based) would take a similar risk.
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