Warning: The following contains spoilers from One of us is lying season 2. Proceed at your own risk!
Given how One of us is lying‘s season two finale comes to an end, it’s no surprise that star Marianly Tejada was terrified of what the cliffhanger ending means for her character, Bronwyn Rojas.
In the final minutes of the episode, Murder Club believes they’ve finally moved on from all the pain and fear that came with Jake’s death and tormentor Fiona (aka Simon Says). But then a graduation day flash-forward reveals a bloody crime scene at the school, and the “Stay” necklace so sweetly given to Nate Bronwyn is among the evidence.
“Oh my god! I think they knew I would be very worried because before they sent us episode 8 to read, Erica [Saleh], the showrunner, came up to me so sweetly and was like, ‘I just want you to know…'” Tejada says with a laugh. “And I was like, ‘Oh my god, Bronwyn is dying! One hundred percent!’ [Laughs] She says, “I just want you to know that we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but don’t freak out because there’s no way we can take Bronwyn out of the picture one way or the other.” And then I understood what she said after I read the script. But yeah, we don’t actually know what’s going to happen, but something bad is definitely going to happen.”
In addition to reflecting on Bronwyn’s role at the crime scene, Tejada spoke to TVLine about Nate and Bronwyn’s relationship milestone and rocking out to Chris Isaak’s “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing.” (For more on the twists of the finale and what’s in store for a potential Season 3, check out our Q&A with showrunner Erica Saleh.)
TVLINE | Do you think Bronwyn is a victim or a suspect in this flash forward?
I mean who knows to be honest. From the audience’s point of view, I’m still imagining theories about what could have happened. But my instincts say she’s a victim.
TVLINE | In the finale, she says, “I feel like I’m dreaming,” and Murder Club feels like they’re over it and it’s over. But I don’t think they know yet that Fiona was poisoned, and then we have this graduation flash-forward. So how do you imagine she would deal with being thrust back into all of this?
Oh my god I couldn’t imagine what it would be like for all of them to deal with it yet another tragic condition. I feel like along the way they picked up some skills to handle and cope with situations like this. They all act on a very survival instinct because they don’t have much control over the situations that happen. It’s usually always some sort of outsider or outside element that’s threatening their life in some way and they just take it one day at a time and just try to survive and do the best they can with everything that’s on them We saw in Season 1 and Season 2 that it could just be extremely intense and chaotic circumstances.
TVLINE | It’s interesting that you say all this stuff is coming at them from the outside, but in Season 2 we see that they have a little bit more to blame for some of what’s happening. For example, they come up with the idea of framing Fiona, and Fiona isn’t a good person, but do you think it’s Bronwyn’s fault?
Certainly. It’s one of those situations where it’s like, what’s the least bad situation if there’s no better phrase? What is the least harmful circumstance we can expose ourselves to? Because they start season 2 with Jake hiding and literally committing a crime together. So this season they really aren’t in the spotlight, which means we were all innocent in the first season, and then this season we really have something to hide and we’re guilty of a crime. So at this point it’s like, OK, well, what’s the best scenario out of all the bad scenarios that we have here? And so they decide how to proceed, and they come up with the idea of fooling Fiona from that point. It’s like, ‘Well, she’s already a bad person, and we know that we’re good people, that we had to do what we had to do with Jake, because Jake was a bad person who would basically kill Addy. So we’re just defending ourselves and she’s better than any of us.”
TVLINE | Nate and Bronwyn have taken some big steps forward in their relationship. What did you like about your trip this season?
What I like most about their journey is that because they start and deal with and have to deal with the very dark point of Jake’s death, Nate doesn’t really expect Bronwyn to act the way she does, in my opinion has done so have control over things. So his perception of her changes and he’s like, “Well, I don’t know who you are anymore,” and that prompts them to communicate better, and that’s why we see a breakthrough in their relationship. This is because in the beginning they all assume so many things about each other and communicate things incorrectly or not enough. And then they say, “Wait a minute, we need to sit down and address our differences and put this all behind us,” if that’s even possible. But it gets them to communicate and see what each other’s perspective is and what it’s like to be in Nate’s shoes and what it’s like to be in Bronwyn’s shoes and they can understand each other better and that’s why it starts their relationship to thrive.
TVLINE | They have so many great moments together in season 2, but do you have a particular favorite for them?
Based on the filming and I just watched episode 5 literally like a few hours ago the final cut and I really loved her sex scene because it was just beautiful. It was like time really slowed down and they both waited so long for this moment. I really loved what Roxanne Benjamin, our director, did in terms of “I want Bronwyn to take on more responsibility than we would expect of her” because Nate is the one who has all the experience in this department , but Bronwyn is so sure she wants to do it. And Nate is the one who has never had such a truly intimate experience with a girl because he genuinely loves Bronwyn. So he’s the one who’s a little bit more fearful and cautious and she’s the one who’s so eager to get down to business and call the shots and that’s a very beautiful thing that we don’t see a lot on TV. So I was really happy that we took this approach and what came out of it. I was really very satisfied.
TVLINE | Do you think Season 3 will test them or bring them even closer together?
I could only imagine that they would be tested again because the circumstances they live in are just so extreme that there is no way there will be small cracks, if not big ones, along the way in their relationship. Also, they’re very different, and I’m curious to see what a relationship actually means to them. Perhaps at some point they will realize that navigating their vastly different realities will be more difficult, or if it will actually bring them closer. I’m also very excited to see what the journey will be like.
TVLINE | What was it like filming the karaoke scene in episode 5?
Oh my god, that was so nerve wracking! [Laughs] But everyone was so helpful and Roxanne is such a great guide and director. I think the first time I got to sing that song live for everyone I was so nervous and then she was like, ‘Okay, that’s out of the way. Now have fun.” And after that I just wrestled. It was fun.
TVLINE | Did you have any singing experience or was this your first time singing in public?
No, I’ve never sung before, professionally. But I love some karaoke. Erica came up with the idea for this scene because in 2019, when we were wrapping up the pilot, we actually went out and did karaoke. And I think they just remembered that I enjoy singing karaoke and that’s why she wrote the scene. [Laughs]
TVLINE | It’s such a spontaneous song choice for her. Was this song already chosen in the script, or was it thought up and discussed with you first?
I think we all brainstormed. Erica, Roxanne and I we went back and forth swapping songs and we agreed it had to be a dark song but also a powerful song because that’s kind of Bronwyn’s character peak of the season. That’s the most dissimilar thing about Bronwyn that we see in her. It couldn’t be too romantic or too soft. It had to be kind of rocky because I think that’s their vibe. She’s very into 90’s rock, or at least that’s the music I listen to or that’s on Bronwyn’s playlist. So we just swapped a few songs back and forth and I think it was Roxanne who then said, “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing,” and we just knew that was the one.
TVLINE | I also wanted to address Bronwyn and Maeve because their relationship is so bad at the end of the season after Maeve secretly hooked up with Fiona. Can they get over this? Do you see a world where Bronwyn can forgive her sister?
I think 100% they will get over it, or I would hope so, just because they are sisters. I think if it was just a friend it would be easier to apologize and say, “Well, we just don’t agree.” But sisters are just something you can’t break out of, especially for her because they come from a Hispanic family. Family is everything and only in the first place. But it’s going to take time, and it’s going to take a journey, and they’ll probably disagree for a little longer before they can actually get over it.
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