Fortunately for Lauren Ambrose, most fans of Six Feet Under whose second season debuts Sunday don't get too carried away with the mortuary drama's morbid themes. "I think it's a pretty classy crowd who watches the show," she tells TV Guide Online. "People are respectful with us, and not too weird and creepy."
Despite living in L.A.'s fictitious Fisher & Sons funeral home an unusual address for any teen Ambrose insists her Claire Fisher is the most realistic girl she's ever seen on TV. "She incredibly undefined," says the 22-year-old actress. "She's figuring out who she is, which lends itself well to this week-to-week format where I don't know where the storylines are going. But she isn't afraid of herself; she isn't afraid of life. She's very real with people, as I think a lot of kids are."
This season, look for the danger factor in Claire's relationship with boyfriend Gabe (Eric Balfour) to worsen, as the punk gets caught up in dodgy criminal doings. Though he totes a gun and even steals formaldehyde from the Fisher house to make homemade drugs! the lovelorn Claire can't resist trying to be his guardian angel. "She has a need to help, to change or save somebody," Ambrose says. "She wonders why this is part of her personality."
On the homefront, the dysfunctional Fishers will continue rubbing each other the wrong
way. "The relationship Claire has with her mother Ruth (Frances Conroy
) is a really beautiful thing that twists and turns," she says. "Some episodes they're jiving, and some days they seem to have lost the ground they've gained!"