Joanna Garcia, Privileged
This Tuesday at 9 pm/ET, the CW's Privileged wraps up what one can only hope is but the first of several seasons. But what's the reality? Will the charming series get a Season 2 pick-up? And if so, what's on tap for the super-cute and ultra-quippy Megan? JoAnna Garcia shared with us a sneak peek at what's to come. Plus: Is talk of an on-set romance true?
TVGuide.com: We have come full circle. I moderated a Paley Center panel previewing the first season of Privileged, and now we are here on what we optimists like to think is perhaps the eve of a Season 2 renewal.
JoAnna Garcia: I think we have a really good shot. I think it's going to come down to the future programming that they have on [the CW], and how long they think each show is going to last. I don't think that developmentally speaking, there is a ton going on, so....
TVGuide.com: Well, there is that one pilot about young and fabulous vampires....
Garcia: Yeah, and there's a Melrose [Place reboot].... But I think they really like our show! Obviously, 90210 has been a focus for them, but I believe we've done everything we can. I'm so proud of this season — and what's to come. [Series creator] Rina [Mimoun], being a consummate professional, already has the second season nailed down and is presenting it this week to the studio.
TVGuide.com: Has she shared with you the places Megan will go if there's a pick-up?
Garcia: Yeah, we talk about a lot of that stuff. But I think it's also exciting to see where all the different characters will go in their journeys. Megan will always sort of be the "anchor," but each cast member brings something different to the table with their character. I think Megan's going to stay single for a while, though. I don't think she's going to be all boyfriended up.
TVGuide.com: So sell us and sell us hard on the season finale. What's going down?
Garcia: A lot! It's all about love — the beginnings of love, the end of love.... We shot a jam-packed, huge finale...
TVGuide.com: Like with explosions and helicopter chases?
Garcia: No, but there's a wedding! And there's alcohol involved, and a one-night stand. But really and truly, the future of this show is about Megan's life outside of the mansion, outside of the girls. We've added a new cast member to play an editor, and he's got an amazing storyline. The season finale is going to show you really what the show is about.
TVGuide.com: Let's talk about this new editor, David, and give his portrayer a name — Robert Buckley. If there's a Season 2, is he definitely returning?
Garcia: Yes. As a full-on series regular.
TVGuide.com: Do you see David as being the "Big" to Megan's "Carrie"?
Garcia: You're going to find that David and Megan have a lot in common, but they deal with their pasts in very different ways. I think they'll be soul mates in a way, but there will be a roller-coaster of a journey to get to a place where they can see eye-to-eye and appreciate that.
TVGuide.com: So, no necking in the season finale?
Garcia: Probably not. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: This talk about you dating Buckley in real life — is that just part of some PR effort to get "buzz" going for Season 2? "Look, our cast members are so hot they can't keep their hands off each other!"
Garcia: Well, I never really thought about it that way! I never comment on my personal life [Garcia and boyfriend Trace Ayala recently ended an eight-month engagement], but Rob's a great guy, and I feel lucky to have him on the show. And his character is going to be really interesting.
TVGuide.com: Well, I interviewed Rob a few weeks ago, and for what it's worth and whatever is going on off the set, you have my blessing.
Garcia: Thank you very much!
TVGuide.com: Were you disappointed yet understanding when Michael Cassidy left the show?
Garcia: I was disappointed. I will say I love Michael and I think he's an extraordinary actor, and I enjoyed working with him. I can't speak for Michael, but I think that in a lot of ways he's a lot bigger than [the character of] Charlie.
TVGuide.com: That's what I said to Rina, that Charlie's purpose almost seemed to be to bide his time until Season 3 or 4, when Megan snaps out of it and comes to her senses.
Garcia: Yeah. The reality of it is Michael Cassidy deserves to have his own vehicle. He's that good.
TVGuide.com: Are you nearly as quirky and quippy as Megan? Do you aspire to be?
Garcia: Um... Megan has a better vocabulary than I do. [Laughs] She's got more of the literary knowledge — she knows authors and books and all that kind of stuff that flies over my head. But other than that, she and I are pretty much one in the same. Except I have a really good family!
TVGuide.com: What are your plans for the hiatus?
Garcia: I've done a little traveling, a little promoting of the season finale.... I'm actively reading scripts and hopefully will do a movie. Since we ended a little bit early, I have some time to fit something in. So keep your fingers crossed! But before I know it, May will be here and we'll have an idea of what's going on with Season 2!