Season two of Run the World promises to give fans a lot more style, entertaining and, of course, lots of drama.
Just after two years, the sophomore season of the STARZ series returns to stick to the 30-a thing trio of Renee (Bresha Webb), Whitney (Amber Stevens West), and Sondi (Corbin Reid) — Andrea Bordeaux, who played Ella, departed the series in February 2022, after its debut season — as they navigate the trials and tribulations of getting thriving profession ladies in pursuit of planet domination when juggling their romantic relationships and their connections to one particular one more.
As the 3 strive for private development and self-discovery, balancing profession, enjoy, and the ups and downs of life in Harlem, New York, they rely on their sisterhood to propel them onward and upward in a planet in which they had been in no way meant to do so.
The show’s logline promises, “At its core, it is an unapologetically female show about enviable friendship and not only surviving – but thriving collectively.”
And according to the cast, viewers will get all that and a lot more when they tune into the show. ET’s Rachel Smith visited the set ahead of the series premiere on Might 26, through which Webb, West and Reid teased all the fascinating items fans can count on in the second season.
“We’re carrying out significant items, significant style in Harlem, honey! We are taking items by the reins, we’re getting selfish and not apologizing for it and, may I add, we appear fabulous carrying out it as properly,” Webb proclaims.
West adds that the cast’s genuine-life friendship enhances their fictional bond, pointing out how close they’ve gotten when functioning on the show. “We just have so substantially entertaining collectively. We’re mates in genuine life — like each of them just got married [and] I was at each of their weddings,” she says, adding that the cast consistently plays board games on set collectively.
That bond is created a lot more apparent through the chaotic events of season two. “[The season] was just explosive,” Reid shares. “Like, season 1, you see us beginning to deal with our issues. With season two, it all just sort of explodes and then you have to see us operate via it collectively and lean on our beautiful friendship as this enviable pal group. So it really is truly fabulous.”
The new season picks up straight exactly where the preceding installment left off: Whitney is facing the consequences of confessing to her fiancé (and now ex), Ola (Tosin Morohunfola), that she cheated on him Renee finds herself struggling to uncover her way immediately after quitting her job at Eclipse to strike out on her personal in the promoting planet and dealing with her separation from her husband, Jason (Jay Walker) and Sondi finds her domestic setup with beau Matthew (Stephen Bishop) in flux as Naomi (Tika Sumpter), his ex-wife and mother of his daughter Amari (Ellie Reine), returns household from active duty with the Navy.
“It just created me so substantially a lot more excited to get back to operate and see what the rest of the writers had been going to create up,” Webb says of the new season. “[Renee] leaves her husband, she quits her job [and now] she’s in the dating scene. We do not know exactly where Renee is gonna go [in] the second season, but it really is worth [exploring] and I wanted to do it.”
“Yeah, Sondi is truly sort of moving in a radical new path,” Reid adds. “Her partnership is in a totally distinctive location from season 1… Her profession [also] moves in an totally new path. She finds her voice getting amplified and she falls in enjoy with it and you see her truly lean into that.”
“I assume it really is fascinating for you to envision exactly where it can go, for the reason that I can see her heading in so several distinctive directions,” Reid notes. “I can see her having her Angela Rye on or, I do not know, we’ll have to wait and see exactly where she goes.”
As for West’s Whitney, items are relatively tumultuous for her immediately after she upends her life by confessing her one particular-evening stand to her fiancé. “We left with a large cliffhanger for Whitney [and] what I enjoy about the show is that it really is so grounded in reality. And we’re not just jumping back into Whitney having married to Ola for the reason that there requires to be some resolving of what went on among them,” she tells ET.
West adds, “I enjoy that it really is a show about ladies in our 30s who, on paper, have checked every single box — they have completed college, they are thriving in their careers, they have been in amazing relationships [with] very good males — like these are all the items that persons assume… they [can] coast via the rest of their life. But with Whitney and these ladies, you see that they get to these moments exactly where they are nevertheless falling and they are nevertheless getting to figure out what they want out of life and then go immediately after it. And so Whitney is extremely substantially in a location of needing to appear inward and figure out why she sabotaged the partnership that she wanted for so long and discover a lot more about herself and what she’s hunting for for the rest of her life.”
Season two also tackles the absence of the original fourth member of the pal group, Ella. With out providing as well substantially away, Webb shares that Ella’s presence is nevertheless “present” in the second installment.
“Her light and her essence of who she is as a character [is still present],” she says. “It is so substantially a lot more relatable for the reason that mates come and go, you know, and persons get married, they get jobs, but you nevertheless have that enjoy for them. And so that is what her presence is this season. She even saves the day in one particular of the episodes. We honor her in that space, so [it’s] relatable.”
Reid says that the show guarantees the fictional mates keep in touch with their fourth member, noting that “technologies is magical” when it comes to maintaining in touch with loved ones.
With the show’s vibrant stories, iconic setting and drool-worthy style — thanks to costume consultant Patricia Fields and costume designer Tracy L. Cox — it really is no surprise that Run the Planet is normally pointed out in the exact same breath as Sex and the City.
Agreeing that style is a large element of their characters, West shares that the actors normally collaborate with Cox when it comes to their on-screen appears.
“We place on items that make us really feel a specific way for the reason that we want to present a specific way and so the garments in our show are a large element of our characters,” West says. “Tracy is so very good at his job and he just shows items to me. We collaborate on exactly where we assume the character is, but I wasn’t like, ‘Go uncover this dress.’ He shows up and has a thing in thoughts and virtually normally I just do what ever he says.”
Sharing that she grew up watching Sex and the City, Webb shares that functioning with Fields was a dream come accurate as somebody who was inspired by the outfits shown on the former HBO series. “But, you know, there is also shows like Living Single and Girlfriends that paved the way for us to be who we are,” she adds, referencing executive producer Yvette Lee Bowser’s iconic Queen Latifah-led series.
“I assume our show is a contemporary-day take of what it is to be, not only a Black lady, but to be a lady living in New York City, living in Harlem, which is extremely underplayed in tv,” Reid says. “We’re displaying the glamorous, attractive culture that is in Harlem and displaying 3 ambitious, intelligent ladies who are living their very best lives in Harlem. It shows a dream come accurate.”
Reid shares that they had “pinch-me moments” with fans who show them the influence of the show on their viewers. “It is also attractive for the reason that we’re living in luxury as 3 Black girls in New York City. You do not get to see that normally on Television any longer. We’re providing genuine representation, which has meant a lot to a lot of persons and it really is truly good to hear.”
“It is not just a fantasy on tv, this is genuine. There are genuine ladies, go to Harlem [and] you will see them,” West adds as Webb notes, “We are carrying out what is currently getting completed. We’re celebrating Black ladies. We have to celebrate our melanin.”
“We wanna be inspirational,” Webb adds of the show’s style and stories. “It is aspirational. We want you to see it and go get it.”
Run The Planet season two will premiere new episodes Fridays on STARZ.
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