Gather round now and grab your kindred spirits because it’s almost time to return to Green Gables. All new episodes of Anne With an E return to CBC on Sunday, September 23 at 7 p.m. Three-time Emmy Award-winning Moira Walley-Beckett, known for her work on AMC’s Breaking Bad and Starz’ Flesh and Bone, heads up an all-female writers room for a second season that will continue to follow Anne’s (Amybeth McNulty) time in Avonlea with the Cuthberts, who at the end of Season 1 had just taken in two very suspicious boarders.
The drama will continue to prompt discussions among viewers as it promotes inclusivity and diversity, introducing a black character, Sebastian “Bash” Lacroix (Dalmar Abuzeid), to Avonlea for the first time in 110 years. That’s one of the things that star McNulty recently told The TV Junkies she loves most about the show. She detailed why that is and previewed what we can expect this season as Anne continues her adventures at Green Gables.
The TV Junkies: Now that you have one season playing Anne under your belt, what was it like coming back in Season 2 and jumping back into this character?
Amybeth McNulty: It was really refreshing. I absolutely adore Anne, so I was so happy I got to return with her, and grow up with her now that she’s more comfortable and stable in her environment. That’s really lovely.
TTVJ: There were some hard moments in Season 1 where we saw what it was like for Anne during her time in the orphanage. Will we learn more about her past there and how difficult is it for you to play those scenes?
AM: We’re definitely going to have more flashbacks, but they aren’t all going to be negative, which I thought was interesting. We see some more positive sides of how Anne fought her time in the orphanage and what those experiences gave her. I think those scenes are really hard to film because they are very emotional and challenging for any actor. Whenever I get home I have to release all that emotion because it all just clogs up. The people I work with though are so lovely and always making sure everybody is OK. It was very challenging, but in a good way for an actor.
TTVJ: A new season always means that we’re going to get new faces. What can you share about some of the new characters we’ll meet this season?
AM: We have some very, very beautiful, interesting and intriguing characters this season. We don’t know if they will be friends or foes, but they will bring new conversations and topics that I’m very excited to be shown on screen. I’m also excited for families to be able to sit down and discuss them afterwards because I think that’ll be very interesting. I’m just excited for everyone to meet these new faces.
TTVJ: Gilbert had left Avonlea at the end of last season. Assuming he returns at some point, what can you preview about Anne and Gilbert’s relationship in Season 2 and what we may see out of them?
AM: I think it’s a very interesting time for both of them. They are both still kids right now and both doing their own thing. Gilbert is away and having these beautiful adventures overseas, and Anne is meeting new characters and going through a lot of different storylines with different people that really make her grow as a person. I can’t say whether they reunite this season or not, but they’ve grown together although they’ve been apart.
TTVJ: One of the things that was pretty great is that the show had an all female writers room for this season. Could you see that difference coming through as you were getting scripts and how do you think that affected the season?
AM: I think it was awesome! We need more women in film and we also had one of our camera crews that was all-female as well. There was a part of me that should’ve been more shocked by all the women I was surrounded by, but it just felt normal and right. That’s the way that it should be and I wasn’t surprised. The writing was absolutely beautiful and we have a lot in our stories that can only be written from a woman’s perspective. It’s really beautiful to see it written that way. All our writers are so lovely and so incredibly talented. It was a great experience for me as a young girl to be surrounded by such beautiful, powerful women.
TTVJ: The show has already proven in Season 1 that it’s willing to break the mold and go for some darker stories, but the nice thing is also how it addresses modern subjects. How does the show continue to do that in Season 2?
AM: That is what’s different about our show is that we tackle racism, sexuality, prejudice, bullying and sexism that are just so relevant today. I think that’s what’s so interesting is that even though we’re set in the 1800s, it shows how far we’ve come and yet, how much further we have to go. Even though this was a long time ago, we’re still having a lot of the same conversations. It’s shocking and just wrong, I would say. We talk a lot about the mistreatment of our fellow human beings and how that simply needs to be discussed and change. I’m very honored that I got to be a part of that discussion with this show.
TTVJ: Now that you have two seasons under your belt playing this very iconic character, what have you learned or took away from Anne?
AM: Oh boy! There’s so many things. We have very similar personalities in that we love nature, animals and are trying to find our way in the world. We also don’t know when to shut up or what we’re doing yet. There’s just that confusing time that everybody goes through, but I also have a huge admiration for Anne. I’ve taken a lot of her personality into myself to try to better as a human being. It’s such an honor to play her and to play such a powerful, feisty, gorgeous character that I love so much. I’m very excited too to play her in Season 3 where she’s 16, which is the same age as I am now, and continue to go through the struggles we go through at these ages.
TTVJ: Is there anything else you wanted to share?
AM: I’m just excited for everybody to sit down and take the topics, conversations and discussions that we produce, and take that forth into themselves, use it in real life and not just as entertainment. I’m very excited for everyone to see the season. It’s going to be awesome!
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ANNE WITH AN E Season 2 premieres September 23 at 7 p.m. ET on CBC in Canada and is available on Netflix in the U.S.
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