Faking It returns to MTV tonight for Season 3 and stars Katie Stevens and Rita Volk are at a precarious place with their on-screen relationship. Summer is over, and the students of Hester High are coming back together after months apart. On tonight’s premiere, Karma and Amy experience some tension like never before, as it appears Karma knows how to hold a grudge.
We talked with the actresses at an MTV Press day last month, where they answered our questions about any hopes for a Karmy reconciliation and the new relationships we can expect to see this season. (Spoilery bits have been saved for a future interview once the first three episodes air.)
AfterEllen.com: So who is that woman you’re kissing in the Catwoman outfit in the trailer?
Rita Volk: I can’t tell you that!
Katie Stevens: Wait, there were multiple people she was kissing in the trailer.
RV: [to Katie] Now is not the time to get jealous, OK?
KS: Did you see me kissing anyone in the trailer? No! There’s that blonde chick at the start of the trailer. [to Rita] What do you have to say for yourself?
RV: I’m exploring! I’m exploring, and I’m dating a lot of people. I don’t know what I can say, but I will say that’s kind of part of Amy’s journey. She’s really trying to figure out—I mean, we know she likes girls. She’s exploring that and trying to distance herself from this Karma situation. So it’s actually very healthy, I think.
AE: But you come back from tour all summer and kiss this girl goodbye, and you’re back to being very invested in Karma again, though not necessarily romantically.
RV: It’s like your first love, you know? And that’s hard to get over. And Karma’s also Amy’s best friend—they’ve been through so much together and then she starts having these feelings for her best friend. So that’s not something you can ever really, I don’t think, get over. She’s trying to. And it’s not that she’s coming from an unnatural place with it or a fake place with it because she really is over certain things. She realizes this is a love that is not going to be reciprocated, but at the same time, this is someone who is forever ingrained in her and in her head and in her feelings. So there’s just a part of her that’s always going to be there.
AE: For Karma, she seems in a good place after a summer with a new boyfriend, befriended Shane, and being very “zen.” But then Amy returns, she freaks out again.
RV: She wants me.
KS: I think genuinely Karma did have this change over the summer, and I think over the summer she probably was really zen and chill, and she was able to find herself without Amy, because that’s probably the first time she’s ever had to do that. But at the same time, it’s like, you can’t, in the course of two months, completely change who you are. She had to kind of bury those feelings down and had to try to get over the fact that Amy left over the summer and now it’s faced in front of her. … I think both of them are very valid in—[Amy] did go away and she did what she needed to do and that’s not wrong and she shouldn’t have to apologize for it. But at the same time, Karma does feel like “I think I’m owed, at least, you apologizing for leaving me crying on the side of the road.” Because it’s like, it’d be fine if you made the decision to leave, I think in Karma’s mind—it’d be fine if you made the decision to leave but you weren’t going to even say goodbye or give me a heads up. So I think that’s what Karma was hurt by. Obviously Amy has a big affect on her. They’re best friends. It’s a theme with Karma to have this facade, that everything is OK and she has this “It’s all good” thing going on and she can’t be all good.
AE: Is there anything unexpected that happens in this season?
RV: There’s a flashback.
KS: There’s a camp flashback.
RV: So just you wait! We’re gonna see 12-year-old Karma and Amy and it was epic.
KS: I think that was probably the most—
RV: That was a highlight.
KS: The flashbacks were the WTF moments when reading the script, but they were so fun to do.
AE: What can you say about the romantic entanglements? What are the possibilities for Karma? Is the Karmy door completely closed? Is Reagan gone forever?
KS: Reagan’s gone.
RV: Can we say that?
RV: OK, yeah. She’s out of the picture, which I don’t know if the fans are going to be very happy about.
KS: There are other people the fans are going to be pretty excited about but we can’t tell you.
RV: Amy’s gonna have a love interest.
RV: Not Catwoman.
AE: Is it a girl?
RV: It is a girl, yes. A hot girl!
AE: And Karma?
KS: There’s no DTRing. I can say that.
RV: What’s DTR?
KS: Define The Relationship.
RV: See, I wouldn’t know that.
KS: I’m on Twitter too much.
Season 3 of Faking It premieres tonight on MTV.