One of last summer's top new series is “Bold”-ly going into another season ... then another one after that.
The initial success of the fashion-magazine drama “The Bold Type” prompted Freeform to order two more rounds at once, and Season 2 begins Tuesday. Katie Stevens, Meghann Fahy and Aisha Dee return as co-workers and close friends Jane, Sutton and Kat, who continue to face challenges on both the personal and professional fronts in building lives and careers for themselves in New York.
“This past year has been a whirlwind,” the friendly Fahy says of doing her first regular primetime series, “a ton of brand-new experiences – all of them completely incredible. We're grateful for all the lovely things people have had to say about the show, because you don't know how that's going to go. It's a vulnerable position to be in when you work on something and then release it to the world, so we're really excited. And I think this season is even better than the last one.”
Formerly an assistant at the magazine Scarlet, Fahy's Sutton is farther along with her fashion-design goals, though still not completely where she wants to be. “She really commits herself to what she wants, in a big way” in the second season, the actress explains. 'Unfortunately, that means giving up other things she really wants. She's still struggling with being a working woman and being taken seriously.”
Not only does that involve Scarlet boss Jacqueline (Melora Hardin, playing a variation on the show's inspiration, former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles), but also several men who remain in Sutton's sphere: her attorney ex-flame Richard (Sam Page), her good friend – and brief fling – Alex (Matt Ward), and Scarlet veteran Oliver (Stephen Conrad Moore, now a series regular as is Nikohl Boosheri, alias Kat's romantic interest Adena).
“Something I'm personally excited for people to see in Season 2 is the relationship Sutton and Oliver cultivate,” notes Fahy. “He is such a mentor to her, which I think is so important to see. We have a lot of really beautiful mentoring relationships on the show, but I think those two characters have a really nice chemistry.”
Filmed in Montreal (doubling for Manhattan), “The Bold Type” aims to stay socially relevant while maintaining a bouncy, energetic spirit. “One Life to Live” alum Fahy allows “it's a tricky balance. This year, even more than last year, we're talking about current events. There's not much we don't touch on, and that can be a little nerve-racking, because a lot of the issues we discuss can be polarizing for some people. What I'm really proud of the show for doing is representing every issue without bias.”