When we last left The Magicians, Julia was making a deal with the "devil" and essentially leaving her friends to die in Fillory while she seeks revenge for her rape. That's a pretty heavy place to leave the show. If you have seen the trailer you know that everyone lives, but that just means there is more weirdness in store.
I sat down with Stella Maeve, the actress who plays Julia, who tells me about Julia's journey this season, the ramifications of her rape, and more.
What can we expect from The Magicians this season?
Expect the unexpected. Expect everything that you wouldn't. That's the best tease I can give.
When we last saw Julia, she was pretty much bailing on her friends in Fillory. How is that going to play out in Season 2?
That's an interesting take on it. I don't think that Quentin views it as her "bailing." He understands the severity of the trauma she has experienced, and with that comes great responsibility and great residual effects. I think that he gets that, that he understands that, and he doesn't blame her for it. I think he understands that she is on her journey to do whatever is necessary to live with this pain. I don't even think she was doing it intentionally to ditch everyone. I think in the moment, Julia was like, "He's about to kill Quentin, I'm going to make a deal with the devil, essentially, to save Quentin's life." "Take me instead" almost, or like, "Let's dance." Get him away from the situation. In those moments, there is nothing saying that the beast wouldn't kill Quentin immediately. So Julia is like, "Let me see if I can use him as a tool to get the revenge that I want, that will maybe help heal me, and also save my friend." I think my intentions were good!
When we last saw her, Julia had the 'god power' in her. How long is this 'god power' going to last?
It's not really defined, to be honest. We get glimpses of it, then it dissipates, then it comes back, then there is an undertone of that. In the books, there is a thru-line with that, and it ends with a result. Whether or not they are going to do that with the TV show, I don't know. Julia, in the books, does essentially become a god. I think it is foreshadowing. Leaving breadcrumbs. Possibly. They won't even tell me.
The Magicians always has weird and quirky plotlines going on. What kind of weird stuff can we look forward to this season?
It's so hard for Julia's character, because here we are on this culty occult show -- I'd like it to be comparable to the John Waters of the world -- all of these characters are having ludicrous, crazy, fantastic situations ... and Julia gets the shitty end of that stick. All my stuff is dark and serious and I don't get to play! That being said, Fillory is an awesome thing that gets to happen much more in Season 2. Julia does some ... interesting things in Fillory.
Were you all dark this season, or did you get to shoot any fun stuff?
I loved shooting the Fillory stuff. I loved going to Fillory. It was while Vancouver's weather was still warm, so it was wonderful. It was nice to be outside in this beautiful forest.
So you do get to go back to Fillory.
Oh yeah. Which is very fun. I hope in Season 3 we'll get a lot more of Julia's story.
Have you been picked up for a new season?
Unclear yet. I think we won't find out until we air the second season. But that would be super fun. No one knows anything yet. But right now we are Syfy's number-one show, so that's positive, right?
What have been some of your favorite things to do this season?
Getting to work with Jason [Ralph, who plays Quentin] is always one of my favorite things.
Have you seen any episodes yet?
I haven't. They sent them to me, but I don't know whether or not to watch it. I have a hard time sometimes watching my own work. That being said, I probably should. Maybe I will. I caught glimpses, bits and pieces, of the first season.
I can tell, you are getting visually anxious just talking about watching yourself!
I want to exist in that moment and make the art that other people can enjoy.
The Magicians Season 2 premieres Jan. 25 on Syfy.