When it comes to the new season of Faking It on MTV, the show is definitely stepping up the drama. The first season exploded onto the scene with questions about sexuality as two high school girls — Amy (Rita Volk) and Karma (Katie Stevens) — became popular by pretending to be in a lesbian relationship. As the season unfolded, it became clear that the two weren’t the only ones faking it.
In the new season, which premieres Tuesday, Sept. 23, the series will tackle tough issues such as gender identity when it's revealed that Lauren, played by Bailey De Young, is intersex (her character has a chromosome pattern that doesn't fit the typical male or female definition). Much like he did in the first season, executive producer Carter Covington plans to explore touchy topics in funny, yet reverent, ways.
"I think it’s such an untapped subject — it’s a topic that most shows don’t have the guts to explore," De Young says of her character's reveal. "I think that it’s just another topic that people might have to relate to."
While the overarching theme will be heavy on the guilt (and repercussions) of the many lies told earlier, things won’t be all serious for the students of Hester High. Be prepared for plenty of fierce drama (thanks to a new club led by Laverne Cox as Margot), singing, and dancing. Adding to the show's star power is Fifth Harmony: The female pop group will tackle a number of boy band songs in a special appearance.
As for the cast itself, expect to see them come together in new ways. “We have a lot of scenes where all of our characters are together,” Covington said, when he spoke during PaleyFest.
The cast — including De Young, Stevens, Gregg Sulkin (Liam), Volk, and Michael J. Willett (Shane) — discuss what’s next for each of their characters as Out goes behind the scenes of Faking It season 2.
Check out the trailer for the new season, which premieres Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 pm EST: