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‘One Of Us Is Lying’s Marianly Tejada Loves That Bronwyn & Nate Are So ‘Protective Of Each Other’

The ‘One Of Us Is Lying’ journey continues on October 14. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Marianly Tejada about Bronwyn and Nate’s connection, the place Bronwyn’s coronary heart actually lies, and extra.

Bronwyn Rojas is the right pupil, however even she will be able to’t work out the place this Simon thriller is headed. The subsequent 3 episodes of One Of Us Is Lying drop October 14 on Peacock, and the present will proceed to discover the secrets and techniques Bronwyn has been making an attempt to cover as she tries to resolve Simon’s homicide.

Marianly Tejada spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife in regards to the significance of her character with regards to Latinx illustration on TV. Naturally, we needed to talk about Nate and Bronwyn’s rising bond and why e book followers are so invested of their relationship. Read our Q&A beneath:

Marianly Tejada and Cooper van Grootel as Bronwyn and Nate. (Peacock)

What was it about Bronwyn that actually drew you in?
Marianly Tejada: What I first learn was the pilot earlier than I even learn the e book. I didn’t actually know a lot about Karen’s books till the mission happened, after which I bear in mind studying the pilot. There was one thing simply so particular about Bronwyn and Nate’s relationship as a result of that’s what I received to audition with. Also, as a Latinx actor within the enterprise, it’s simply so nice to see such a posh and vital character in a narrative. She’s a giant a part of not solely fixing the homicide thriller, however her and Maeve I believe are simply unimaginable Latinx characters that you just discover within the present and within the e book. So that was the very first thing, after which as quickly as I knew I had the half… I didn’t need to learn the e book earlier than then as a result of I didn’t need to jinx it. I used to be already actually connected to the mission primarily based on what I knew. I ran out of that casting workplace and browse the e book. I used to be simply so grateful and honored to have been solid to play her as a result of I believe Karen did such a tremendous job at writing advanced human beings that we would see as your highschool archetypes, however there’s simply a lot extra to them than meets the attention. And to get to increase on Bronwyn has been such a pleasure and a tremendous factor as as an artist.

What was that first impression like with Cooper van Grootel? Bronwyn and Nate’s dynamic is so key to creating this complete present work.
Marianly Tejada: It’s actually humorous as a result of I knew he had been solid. When I heard I used to be display testing for the function, I simply began Googling to attempt to discover out about this actor. I believe I discovered like a very previous interview out on YouTube and I used to be like, oh my God, he’s so good for the function. I believe he truly texted me and the opposite actor who was going to display check for Bronwyn and he’s like, “I just want to let you know that I’m really excited.” He despatched the nicest message, I believe, the day earlier than, after which I’m like, ought to I textual content him and be like, “Hey let’s grab coffee or something?” Just so I can see what he’s about and doubtlessly assist us out. I believe he was busy, however certain sufficient, the following day I present as much as the casting workplace and he was there early. We had just a little time to speak. Honestly, it was a direct sense of friendship. I believe that casting director Gayle Pillsbury and Jennifer Morrison and the producers who had been concerned within the casting course of had been simply good at it as a result of simply the pairing that they did within the present usually, however particularly with Cooper and myself. I really feel like every part else simply got here tremendous simple from that time on as a result of it was actually easy and simply tremendous pure. We simply had a lot enjoyable in that read-through, and from then on it’s been the identical factor.

It’s so nice to see that you just each vibe and get alongside so properly equally to your characters by the tip of the story. That’s so vital for a mission like this that hinges on these 4 core individuals.
Marianly Tejada: For certain, and I believe that’s one of the particular issues about this present is that we genuinely simply are associates in actual life and that chemistry… As nice of an actor as you’re there’s simply the chemistry and a likability that it’s a must to have together with your fellow actors. When it’s there, it’s plain. I believe individuals are actually going to only decide it up within the present.

With this being 8 episodes versus the e book, what are you able to say about what we’re going to get to discover extra of with Bronwyn now that we have now rather more time together with her?
Marianly Tejada: I believe that there’s a nice steadiness that the writers have finished brilliantly of protecting the e book’s essence within the present. Also, there’s just a little little bit of plot twists and new issues within the plot and for the characters. I don’t suppose I can elaborate an excessive amount of as a result of I’d get in hassle, however I’m actually excited for individuals to see the friendships that flourish within the present that perhaps aren’t seen within the e book or there’s a touch to them within the e book, however now you actually get to see them extra.

With Nate and Bronwyn, we get to spend just a little extra time with them. Will followers be glad with what they see of this relationship being portrayed on display?
Marianly Tejada: I actually have a tough time not setting expectations for individuals, however I simply really feel so assured and so good about what I’ve gotten to see from the present to date. I believe they’re going to be blissful.

Why do you suppose individuals are so drawn to that dynamic between them?
Marianly Tejada: Thank you for that query as a result of it’s one in all my favourite ones. As I get to suppose extra about her course of and the scripts that we have now gotten, I believe Bronwyn and Nate are two very sturdy people. This is a present the place the nerd has some sass and power. She doesn’t draw back from that. She is aware of that that’s her power, and she or he’s not going to let anybody make her really feel unhealthy about it so proudly owning that and Nate, alternatively, can also be a brilliant sturdy particular person. You have them be so attracted to one another as a result of they’re so reverse, however after this very traumatic occasion that they skilled collectively, they discover a house the place they are often weak with one another and in addition strengthen one another to go about this loopy chaos that’s their lives for the reason that dying of Simon. I believe they’re very protecting of one another as properly and that’s simply so compelling to see two individuals take care of one another in a really truthful and deep approach.

There is an inherent belief between them, even from the start, and that actually carries by means of on the finish of the day. They each finally know the opposite didn’t do it. 
Marianly Tejada: I believe particularly Bronwyn as a result of Nate has had a document with the police earlier than. He’s the troubled character. She is aware of that if she doesn’t go to lengths to defend him that he might actually simply be in actual hassle.

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Marianly Tejada and Melissa Collazo as Bronwyn and Maeve. (Peacock)

Another core facet of Bronwyn is her relationship together with her sister Maeve. Willl we get to dive deeper into that relationship?
Marianly Tejada: One hundred p.c. I completely adore Melissa Collazo, who performs my little sister. She’s an unimaginable actor and simply gave me a lot. I’ll say that most likely a few of my favourite scenes within the present had been together with her simply because there’s that very sisterly dynamic. Maeve can also be very, very sturdy on this present. She has her personal persona and her personal life that I’m actually excited for individuals to get to see as properly. Also, there are some fiery issues in there as properly between them.

With Bronwyn, what was it like exploring the pressures of a highschool woman, particularly one in all colour, and the expectations positioned on her to be on the prime of her class? 
Marianly Tejada: I believe that what I really like most about exploring these issues is that you’ve her mother and father who’re immigrants. They have needed to work actually, actually arduous to achieve success, and they’re profitable. So the truth that they reached a sure stage of success, there’s extra strain for Bronwyn as a daughter of two profitable immigrants to only work arduous and virtually exceed what they’ve finished and completed. And then there’s the aspect of Maeve, who’s in remission from most cancers and has overcome a terminal sickness. I believe Bronwyn’s coronary heart is unquestionably Maeve, and lots of the power of her comes from Maeve overcoming most cancers. She’s like, I can actually do something that I set my thoughts to. She’s the strongest individual in my life. If she did that, what can’t I do? But then she actually thinks that she will be able to do all of it, and that’s the place the troubles start and the little cracks begin showing as a result of she’s not good, and she or he ought to know that it’s okay to ask for assist. It’s okay to not have every part collectively on a regular basis. She actually takes that function of the older sister very severely and to show to her mother and father that she might additionally stick with it the legacy of the Rojas.

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