Firefly Lane Season 2 reprise lifelong best friends Tully and Kate’s lives, facing the ultimate test of their friendship and the path to sustain the other relationships in their lives. One of these features Marah Ryan, Kate and Johnny’s teenage daughter who’s quite smart but her attitude can often be mistaken. We at Survived The Shows had the pleasure of chatting with Yael Yurman by email about her experience on Firefly Lane Season 2 and what fans can expect from Marah’s arc. Check out the full interview in the article below!
What’s been the main element in Marah’s character and the show in general that fascinates you the most and drew you to join Firefly Lane?
YAEL YURMAN: I had to go through the audition process in order to join the show but I remember hoping I got the role because I loved how heartwarming the story was.
Both seasons of the show features well-shaped characters and relatable storylines for the audience. In your opinion is there any feature in Marah’s character you can relate to on a personal level? Where are you and your character most similar and where are you two most different as human beings?
YY: Yes, I can relate to Marah, especially in this season, you get to see Marah in a new light. Shewants to fit in, she thinks she’s an outcast, she’s having self esteem issues. She is trying to find herself while also trying to keep the world around her from changing, and I think many people can relate to that. When I was in school, I definitely had those worries as well. But of course we are also very different, I kind of just followed the rules and focused on school. Our priorities are very different.
For all the fans that are looking forward to watch Firefly Lane Season 2. How would you describe this movie in just 3 words?
YY: Relationships are changing
What can you tease about Marah’s journey this season? What can fans expect from her?
YY: Can’t reveal much but we do get to see a little bit underneath her rebellious teenager mask.She’s no longer just the teenager with the attitude, she has reasons for acting out. You are going to see multiple sides of Marah this season.
What’s been for you the biggest challenge in portraying Marah so far?
YY: The toughest thing is being able to portray her as a girl just trying to find herself and growing up, not just the “bratty teenager” who talks back to her parents. She’s more than her attitude.
How was it like for you to build the family dynamic on screen with both Sarah Chalke and Ben Lawson and what can we expect from their relationship this season?
YY: One of the easiest things, for me, was building a family dynamic with Sarah and Ben. The whole cast felt like a family since day one, so playing with that was awesome. Marah’s relationship with both parents changes quite a bit this season but at the core of everything, she just wants to be a part of a happy family.
Do you have any fun anecdote from the filming of Firefly Lane Season 2 to share with us?
YY: We were told to brainstorm some dances and the cast there that day just went crazy. We puton a bunch of 2000’s music videos and started dancing, taking note of our favorites. Filming that scene was so much fun.
If you had the chance to play another character on Firefly Lane, which one would you chose and why?
YY: I honestly can’t imagine myself as any other character on the show. Everyone fits so perfectlyand I am happy in my part.
Did you take any prop or piece of costume from set to remember this experience?
YY: Yes! I took the back of my chair, the part that has my name on the front and the show nameon the back, super stoked about that.
Throwing back to the origins of your career as an actress, how did the passion for acting come about in your life?
YY: I was one of those kids that tried everything, I would join tons of sports and clubs. Eventually acting came around and I enjoyed doing it as a hobby. That is until I signed with my agent and started auditioning and it became more than a hobby. The first time on set was mind blowing, I loved every aspect of it and knew then that acting was what I wanted to do with my life.
You had the chance to take part to another popular TV series: Once Upon a Time. What’s your favourite memory out of that experience? How was it like for you to tell Anastasia’s story in such a different key from what the audience knew?
YY: Once upon a Time was my biggest project I had done at that time so everything was overwhelmingly fun. I loved wearing all those costumes and the cast and crew were some of the kindest people. Every memory from that show is my favorite. I loved taking Anastasia in a completely different direction than what we’ve seen her be. I wish I had more time with her.
If you had to give some advice to young people who want to pursue an acting career or a career in entertainment, what kind of advice would you give them?
YY: A piece of advice I would give is to fall in love with your journey and the process of your art. Keep seeking out things, keep learning, take classes, read about it, anything, just keep the curiosity and the passion alive.
Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1 premieres December 2 on Netflix!