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‘Run the World’ Forged Teases Huge Surprises and ‘Celebrating Black Girls’ in Season 2 (Unique)


May 27, 2023

Season two of Run the World guarantees to provide followers extra vogue, enjoyable and, in fact, a number of drama. 

After two years, the sophomore season of the STARZ sequence returns to comply with the 30-something trio of Renee (Bresha Webb), Whitney (Amber Stevens West), and Sondi (Corbin Reid) — Andrea Bordeaux, who performed Ella, departed the sequence in February 2022, after its debut season — as they navigate the trials and tribulations of being profitable profession girls in pursuit of world domination whereas juggling their romantic relationships and their connections to 1 one other. 

Because the three try for private progress and self-discovery, balancing profession, love, and the ups and downs of life in Harlem, New York, they depend on their sisterhood to propel them onward and upward in a world through which they had been by no means meant to take action.

The present’s logline guarantees, “At its core, it’s an unapologetically feminine present about enviable friendship and never solely surviving – however thriving collectively.”

And in response to the solid, viewers will get all that and extra after they tune into the present. ET’s Rachel Smith visited the set forward of the sequence premiere on Might 26, throughout which Webb, West and Reid teased all of the thrilling issues followers can count on within the second season. 

“We’re doing large issues, large model in Harlem, honey! We’re taking issues by the reins, we’re being egocentric and never apologizing for it and, may I add, we glance fabulous doing it as nicely,” Webb proclaims.

West provides that the solid’s real-life friendship enhances their fictional bond, declaring how shut they’ve gotten whereas engaged on the present. “We simply have a lot enjoyable collectively. We’re buddies in actual life — like each of them simply obtained married [and] I used to be at each of their weddings,” she says, including that the solid usually performs board video games on set collectively.

That bond is made extra obvious throughout the chaotic occasions of season 2. “[The season] was simply explosive,” Reid shares. “Like, season 1, you see us beginning to take care of our issues. With season 2, all of it simply kind of explodes after which you need to see us work via it collectively and lean on our pretty friendship as this enviable pal group. So it is actually fabulous.”

The brand new season picks up straight the place the earlier installment left off:  Whitney is dealing with the implications of confessing to her fiancé (and now ex), Ola (Tosin Morohunfola), that she cheated on him; Renee finds herself struggling to seek out her method after quitting her job at Eclipse to strike out on her personal within the advertising world and coping with her separation from her husband, Jason (Jay Walker); and Sondi finds her home setup with beau Matthew (Stephen Bishop) in flux as Naomi (Tika Sumpter), his ex-wife and mom of his daughter Amari (Ellie Reine), returns dwelling from lively obligation with the Navy.

“It simply made me a lot extra excited to get again to work and see what the remainder of the writers had been going to jot down up,” Webb says of the brand new season. “[Renee] leaves her husband, she quits her job [and now] she’s within the relationship scene. We do not know the place Renee is gonna go [in] the second season, nevertheless it’s value [exploring] and I needed to do it.”

“Yeah, Sondi is absolutely sort of transferring in a radical new path,” Reid provides. “Her relationship is in a totally totally different place from season 1… Her profession [also] strikes in a wholly new path. She finds her voice being amplified and he or she falls in love with it and also you see her actually lean into that.”

“I believe it is thrilling so that you can think about the place it could go, as a result of I can see her heading in so many various instructions,” Reid notes. “I can see her getting her Angela Rye on or, I do not know, we’ll have to attend and see the place she goes.”

As for West’s Whitney, issues are pretty tumultuous for her after she upends her life by confessing her one-night stand to her fiancé. “We left with an enormous cliffhanger for Whitney [and] what I really like in regards to the present is that it is so grounded in actuality. And we’re not simply leaping again into Whitney getting married to Ola as a result of there must be some resolving of what went on between them,” she tells ET. 

West provides, “I really like that it is a present about girls in our 30s who, on paper, have checked each field — they’ve accomplished school, they’re profitable of their careers, they’ve been in great relationships [with] good males — like these are all of the issues that folks suppose… they [can] coast via the remainder of their life. However with Whitney and these girls, you see that they get to those moments the place they’re nonetheless falling they usually’re nonetheless having to determine what they need out of life after which go after it. And so Whitney may be very a lot in a spot of needing to look inward and work out why she sabotaged the connection that she needed for therefore lengthy and be taught extra about herself and what she’s searching for for the remainder of her life.”

Season 2 additionally tackles the absence of the unique fourth member of the pal group, Ella. With out giving an excessive amount of away, Webb shares that Ella’s presence remains to be “current” within the second installment. 

“Her mild and her essence of who she is as a personality [is still present],” she says. “It is a lot extra relatable as a result of buddies come and go, you recognize, and other people get married, they get jobs, however you continue to have that love for them. And so that is what her presence is that this season. She even saves the day in one of many episodes. We honor her in that house, so [it’s] relatable.”

Reid says that the present ensures the fictional buddies keep in contact with their fourth member, noting that “expertise is magical” in the case of protecting in contact with family members.

With the present’s vibrant tales, iconic setting and drool-worthy vogue — due to costume marketing consultant Patricia Fields and costume designer Tracy L. Cox — it is no shock that Run the World is usually talked about in the identical breath as Intercourse and the Metropolis.

Agreeing that vogue is a large a part of their characters, West shares that the actors typically collaborate with Cox in the case of their on-screen seems.

“We placed on issues that make us really feel a sure method as a result of we wish to current a sure method and so the garments in our present are an enormous a part of our characters,” West says. “Tracy is so good at his job and he simply reveals issues to me. We collaborate on the place we expect the character is, however I wasn’t like, ‘Go discover this costume.’ He reveals up and has one thing in thoughts and virtually at all times I simply do no matter he says.”

Sharing that she grew up watching Intercourse and the Metropolis, Webb shares that working with Fields was a dream come true as somebody who was impressed by the outfits proven on the previous HBO sequence. “However, you recognize, there’s additionally reveals like Residing Single and Girlfriends that paved the way in which for us to be who we’re,” she provides, referencing government producer Yvette Lee Bowser’s iconic Queen Latifah-led sequence.

“I believe our present is a modern-day take of what it’s to be, not solely a Black girl, however to be a girl residing in New York Metropolis, residing in Harlem, which may be very underplayed in tv,” Reid says. “We’re exhibiting the glamorous, lovely tradition that’s in Harlem and exhibiting three bold, clever girls who’re residing their finest lives in Harlem. It reveals a dream come true.”

Reid shares that that they had “pinch-me moments” with followers who present them the influence of the present on their viewers. “It is also lovely as a result of we’re residing in luxurious as three Black ladies in New York Metropolis. You aren’t getting to see that always on TV anymore. We’re giving genuine illustration, which has meant so much to lots of people and it is very nice to listen to.”

“It isn’t only a fantasy on tv, that is actual. There are actual girls, go to Harlem [and] you will see them,” West provides as Webb notes, “We’re doing what’s already being accomplished. We’re celebrating Black girls. We’ve got to rejoice our melanin.”

“We wanna be inspirational,” Webb provides of the present’s vogue and tales. “It is aspirational. We wish you to see it and go get it.” 

Run The World season 2 will premiere new episodes Fridays on STARZ.