The new suitor isn’t the only new gent arriving when UnREAL‘s second season unspools on June 6. The two main characters, Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer), are getting new love interests. Well, “love of sorts,” Zimmer qualified during the UnREAL panel at Vulture Festival Sunday.
Still, both Appleby and Zimmer were excited to spill the beans on their fetching new fellas, played by Michael Rady and Ioan Gruffudd, respectively.
Rady’s Coleman Wasserman is a new producer joining the Everlasting team. “If Adam [last season’s suitor, played by Freddie Stroma] was the fairy tale version of the life that Rachel could’ve had, and Jeremy [Josh Kelly] was like the safe life that Rachel could have… Coleman sort of feels like, wait, this could actually be the guy,” Appleby said. “He comes from a documentary film background, he has a nice Jewish family and a house in Martha’s Vineyard. It could be like this really idyllic life.”
And, bonus, he’s not afraid of her boss. “He’s also somebody that can go head-to-head with Quinn and can sort of save Rachel, in the way she’s putting this story together in her head, and kind of be this force against Quinn that would make Rachel feel a lot safer,” Appleby added.
“And I love him. A lot,” Zimmer chimed in sarcastically.
“She wants to murder him in his sleep,” executive producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro clarified.
Following her failed engagement to Chet (Craig Bierko), Quinn’s new romance is “going to allow the audience to see Quinn in a completely new light,” Zimmer explained. “He comes on as a billionaire, owns all of our network, so owns our show, and it’s a very interesting dynamic to play. There are colors for Quinn that I haven’t had to play yet, so it was really fun… In the episode that Shiri directed was their first kind of moment of realizing they liked each other, and I kept saying to Shiri, ‘I don’t know how to be nice and sweet and loving and laugh!’ And she’s like, ‘I know, it’s really cute. Quinn’s so cute!'”
Zimmer added that she feels love is “what the show ultimately is about.”
“It’s about everybody’s search for true love and the lines that everyone is willing to cross to get there,” she said. “And then, when you get there, was it worth it?”
Season 2 of UnREAL premieres on June 6 at 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime. Watch a recap of season 1 and preview of season 2 below.