Get ready for behind-the-scenes drama! “UnReal,” Lifetime’s scripted drama that follows a crew making a reality dating show, will return for Season 2 in June, and it sounds like Rachel is finally getting her life together. But actress Shiri Appleby warned reporters at the Peabody Awards that success doesn’t come easy for Rachel.
“Rachel’s actually running the show this year,” Appleby told International Business Times on Saturday in New York. “Quinn is kind of moving on, moving up, and so Rachel’s taking her step forward. And it obviously, being the show it is, it all falls apart pretty quickly.”
Quinn (Constance Zimmer) handed “Everlasting” over to Rachel at the end of Season 1, but the veteran producer still wants to control Rachel. The new showrunner isn’t looking for a guide, though. “Rachel’s really asserting her power,” Appleby added. “She’s very much like a teenager this year, saying, ‘I’m gonna become independent. I can assert myself; I don’t need you for my success.’ So there’s definitely that mother-daughter struggle going on.”
As usual, Rachel is going to have several adversaries on the Peabody Award-winning drama. With the fresh “Everlasting” cast comes a plethora of new characters. The latest group of women will be vying for the attention of Darius (B.J. Britt), and one particular participant, Yael (Monica Barbaro), will get on Rachel’s bad side.
“There is a contestant named Yael, who is also known as Hot Rachel who — personally, Shiri loves her, but Rachel, not so much,” Appleby revealed.
The crew isn’t going to make her life any easier in “UnReal” Season 2. Jeremy (Josh Kelly) will still be around, but he is likely still angry with Rachel after what she did to him last year. “We’re a bit at odds,” the actress teased. “He’s not very happy to see me, and that continues.”
“UnReal” Season 2 premieres Monday, June 6 at 10 p.m. EDT on Lifetime. The Peabody Awards also air on June 6 at 8 p.m. EDT on Pivot.