Despite the fact that the weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, it’s still the heart of summer in Nova Scotia when Season 2 of CBC’s Moonshine premieres this Sunday, October 2 at 9 p.m. Picking up just a few days after the end of Season 1, this season will see Lidia (Jennifer Finnigan) embarking on a tumultuous romance with outlaw biker Gale (Allan Hawco). Will they be able to work together to save Lidia’s family business? Viewers will have to tune in to find out!
Luckily for us, Finnigan and Hawco, who joins the Moonshine cast for Season 2, recently previewed for The TV Junkies what lies ahead for their characters’ romance. They also shared how their off-screen chemistry translates on screen and why their characters are so drawn to one another. Oh, and in case you hadn’t already heard the good news, Moonshine has already been renewed for Season 3 by CBC.
The TV Junkies: What was it like coming back to the Moonshine family for Season 2?
Jennifer Finnigan: We have a WhatsApp group chat for the cast – that honestly stresses some people out – but it allows us to keep in touch throughout the year. This is like returning to summer camp. Every single weekend, without fail, there are parties, and get-togethers, and we’re going on outings. We’re all madly in love with each other and I want this show to go on for 10 years so we can never leave each other. It sounds cliché but a lot of these people are friends for life. We all just adore each other. I just feel really lucky.
And I have to say, what a delightful addition Allan has been. He fit in seamlessly. He has a very successful career, but he’s extremely humble and happy to be a part of this. He’s such an easy guy to work with and so much fun. He just fits in really well!
TTVJ: I was very happy to hear that Gale was joining for Season 2, but as far as smart decisions, he may not be one for Lidia. Why does she move forward with their romance anyways?
JF: She’s made smart decisions her whole life. She’s now at a point where she’s been living for everybody else and wants to live for herself. She’s decided to stay and that was a huge life decision. She wants to fight for The Moonshine and is rejoining her family that she took off from. She’s just rediscovering who she is and meets this man that’s the opposite of everything she’s been with. He’s dangerous and potentially a criminal, but he’s charismatic and sexy so she’s drawn to him. This new world is very seductive to her. In her mind, it’s the perfect situation. She’s going to have great sex, do business together, and save The Moonshine. But it’s also the perfect formula for disaster.
TTVJ: What about Gale? What’s intriguing to him about this relationship and why does he want to help Lidia’s business?
Allan Hawco: Oh, Gale loses the plot pretty quickly the moment that he meets her. He’s also having his own mid-life crisis where he’s been living a particular lifestyle and it’s not necessarily what he wants to do. He’s never met anyone like Lidia and always lived a certain type of way, with a certain type of people, and now this breath of madness comes into his life and he wants more of it. He can’t control that and it was a lot of fun to play.
I primarily work with Jen, and it was such a joy to go to work every day. We had so much fun stuff to do together and such a fun time doing it. It’s really a highlight of my career to come do this show. There are so many good people and Jen leads the cast from a perspective of goodness and hard work. Sheri [Elwood] is also the boss of the show and leads and brings goodness and pure of heart to the work. It’s a real joy to be here and I think it translates on screen.
TTVJ: Allan, you mention the joy of working with Jennifer, and there’s some really great chemistry on-screen between Lidia and Gale. Was that something you found that came naturally between you two?
JF: We felt it right from the start.
AH: We didn’t even know each other, but Jen works the way that I like to work. You do what you’re doing, but you listen to what the other person is bringing.
JF: We don’t come in with a set notion of how a scene will go. We know the tone and notes we want to hit, but there’s no end to it. We just play and come to the table ready to play.
AH: If you have that, in my experience, that’s chemistry. It’s a joy to go do it because if I’m doing something different each take then I can see how Jen is affected by it.
JF: I like a little jazz and you just have to listen to each other and play.
TTVJ: We have heard that Jonathan Silverman will be back as Daniel and guest star in Season 2. How might his return affect Lidia and Gale’s relationship?
JF: Gale and Daniel’s chemistry is just as great as ours. It’s some of my favorite stuff to watch.
AH: He’s an actor that you just get better working with and it’s the same with Jen. It’s wonderful to see you two as a working couple that way.
TTVJ: Outside of what’s going on with your characters, what are you most excited for fans to see in Season 2?
JF: I’m going to go on a bit of a rant here. I just want to see women in their 40s on television being women. I want them to be sexual beings, make mistakes, figure out who they are now, and keep growing and learning. We are not dead and please, let’s show it! Let’s normalize it! By the way, this goes for women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Let’s normalize women aging, women trying to understand who they’ve become, or what they want to do now in their lives. This show to me, especially showcasing these three sisters, is such an opportunity to do that, and Sheri and the writers do that. I’m so proud to be on a show that does that.
Moonshine Season 2 premieres Sunday, October 2 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.