May 30, 2023 9:00 am

Season two of Run the World promises to give fans extra style, entertaining and, of course, lots of drama. 

Soon after two years, the sophomore season of the STARZ series returns to comply with the 30-some 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 effective profession girls in pursuit of planet domination though juggling their romantic relationships and their connections to one particular a different. 

As the 3 strive for private development and self-discovery, balancing profession, like, 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 have 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 extra when they tune into the show. ET’s Rachel Smith visited the set ahead of the series premiere on May well 26, for the duration of which Webb, West and Reid teased all the thrilling items fans can count on in the second season. 

“We’re undertaking 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 undertaking 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 though functioning on the show. “We just have so a great deal entertaining collectively. We’re close friends in genuine life — like each of them just got married [and] I was at each of their weddings,” she says, adding that the cast often plays board games on set collectively.

That bond is produced extra apparent for the duration of the chaotic events of season two. “[The season] was just explosive,” Reid shares. “Like, season 1, you see us beginning to deal with our troubles. With season two, it all just sort of explodes and then you have to see us operate by means of it collectively and lean on our beautiful friendship as this enviable pal group. So it really is actually 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 come across her way following 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 property from active duty with the Navy.

“It just produced me so a great deal extra excited to get back to operate and see what the rest of the writers have 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 actually sort of moving in a radical new path,” Reid adds. “Her connection is in a totally unique location from season 1… Her profession [also] moves in an totally new path. She finds her voice getting amplified and she falls in like with it and you see her actually lean into that.”

“I believe it really is thrilling for you to picture exactly where it can go, due to the fact I can see her heading in so quite a few unique directions,” Reid notes. “I can see her obtaining 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 following she upends her life by confessing her one particular-evening stand to her fiancé. “We left with a massive cliffhanger for Whitney [and] what I like about the show is that it really is so grounded in reality. And we’re not just jumping back into Whitney obtaining married to Ola due to the fact there demands to be some resolving of what went on involving them,” she tells ET. 

West adds, “I like that it really is a show about girls in our 30s who, on paper, have checked each and every box — they have completed college, they are effective in their careers, they have been in excellent relationships [with] great guys — like these are all the items that people today believe… they [can] coast by means of the rest of their life. But with Whitney and these girls, you see that they get to these moments exactly where they are nonetheless falling and they are nonetheless getting to figure out what they want out of life and then go following it. And so Whitney is really a great deal in a location of needing to appear inward and figure out why she sabotaged the connection that she wanted for so long and study extra about herself and what she’s seeking for for the rest of her life.”

Season two also tackles the absence of the original fourth member of the pal group, Ella. Without having providing as well a great deal away, Webb shares that Ella’s presence is nonetheless “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 a great deal extra relatable due to the fact close friends come and go, you know, and people today get married, they get jobs, but you nonetheless have that like 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 close friends 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 identical breath as Sex and the City.

Agreeing that style is a massive 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 due to the fact we want to present a specific way and so the clothing in our show are a massive element of our characters,” West says. “Tracy is so great at his job and he just shows items to me. We collaborate on exactly where we believe the character is, but I wasn’t like, ‘Go come across this dress.’ He shows up and has some thing in thoughts and nearly often 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 believe 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 really underplayed in tv,” Reid says. “We’re displaying the glamorous, gorgeous culture that is in Harlem and displaying 3 ambitious, intelligent girls 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 effect of the show on their viewers. “It is also gorgeous due to the fact 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 people today and it really is actually good to hear.”

“It is not just a fantasy on tv, this is genuine. There are genuine girls, go to Harlem [and] you will see them,” West adds as Webb notes, “We are undertaking what is currently getting accomplished. We’re celebrating Black girls. 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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