Sarah Chalke Talks Firefly Lane Season 2

Tully (Katherine Heigl) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) have been through a lot. When they were teenagers, the girls formed a bond that couldn’t be broken. Since then, they’ve seen each other through first loves, heartbreaks, marriages, divorces, babies, career wins and losses, and so much more. So what could have made them split up?

In the last episode of the first season of Firefly Lane, it was clear that the two women were not talking to each other. The mystery was then solved in Season 2 when it was shown that Tully had an accident while driving drunk with Kate’s daughter in the car. Still, by the end of season 2, Kate was back at Tully’s door, but it wasn’t to tell him something good. Kate just found out she has cancer, and Tully wasn’t there.

EW talked to Chalke about the crazy season, Kate’s diagnosis, and what to expect from the show’s last episodes.

You go back and forth?!

Yeah. The goal isn’t to mix decades in one day, but it had to happen sometimes, like when someone couldn’t come in because of a location or COVID or something, and then the scenes for the whole episode had to be moved around. So you wear a wig for the 1980s stuff and then cut your hair for the 2000s. You try to act 20 years younger and have more bounce in your step, but then you start to feel a little bit older again. [Laughs] The clothes help, though. You’re definitely in that mood as soon as you put on those ’80s clothes, hairstyles, and boots.

Sarah Chalke Talks Firefly Lane Season 2
Sarah Chalke Talks Firefly Lane Season 2

I know this is a hard question to answer because you play Kate in so many different periods, but how do you think Kate has changed in season 2?

I love watching shows’ second seasons, and I especially love coming back to a show after a break because the whole dynamic is so different. Everyone knows each other, and getting back into it is easy. But Kate’s big journey and the arc is that at the start, she is so uncomfortable in her skin and such a people-pleaser that she wants to make everyone else in the room happy. Even when she met Johnny (Ben Lawson), she was shy and thought he was too good for her. So it was fun to see them fall in love this season, and she’s coming into her own. She gets so much more confident, which was a lot of fun to play, and it was also a lot of fun to play her love story through the ’80s and then see her become a mom in the ’90s and put her family before her job. Where part 1 ends is probably the essential part of her journey.

Yes, and we’ll get there, but first, I want to talk about the fight between Tully and Kate. Did you all know what was going on when you were filming the fight scenes in season 1?

No. We knew it was something big and bad, and I couldn’t wait to find out what it was. Because I thought, “What could break up this friendship that can’t be broken?” I really liked how you could see both sides. You see things from both Kate’s and Tully’s points of view, so I think you feel for both of them at the end.

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I think it was very smart to tie in Tully’s past trauma because it helps you understand why she acted so quickly.

100 percent. I think you can really believe that because of what she went through in season 1. Oh, yeah, of course she forgets everything else when she hears Marah’s [Yael Yurman] voice and says, “I have to go.”

I thought it was great that Kate didn’t back down when Tully showed up, because Tully was trying very hard not to say sorry.

Yeah. When I read it, I had the same reaction. I was like, “Okay, good for Kate.” Also, I like that scene because nothing is simple. You get where Tully is coming from, but Kate doesn’t because Marah did it. If it had been Kate, things might have been different, but it was Marah’s baby. You can see how much she wants to forgive her and how much she wishes she could. And how every time she picks up the phone during the season, she wants to call her but can’t.

Right to the end…

Right at the end, Kate loses everything, and that’s the first person she thinks of and the only person she wants to go to, see, talk to about it, and get comfort from.

I’m sure you knew there would be a cancer twist, right?

Yes, I had read the book and loved it, so I knew what would happen, but I still cried when I read the script.

The picture of her standing outside Tully’s door is so sad.

It is the saddest picture ever. It’s how much she needs Tully and how this would be their chance to get back together, but then the elevator doors closed.

My most important question is: How many boxes of tissues do I need for the rest of the episodes?

You require some. I’m looking forward to everyone seeing it. The first season raised a lot of questions, and the first part of the second season answered them. Now there are many more questions, and the second half will answer all of them. But there are also a lot of funny parts. One thing I love about the show is that it has both serious and funny parts, which I think is what you need to be able to breathe.

This story made me feel scared. I didn’t know what playing her journey would be like. I can’t say how it ends, you’ll have to watch to find out, but cancer has affected everyone’s lives somehow. My aunt and grandmother both died of cancer, and many crew members were open with me and told me about their lives. So when you play that scene and others like it, you look into the eyes of people you’ve gotten to know well and know what they’ve been through. So there were probably some sad days on set.

This interview has been cut down and edited to make it clearer and longer.

Part 1 of season 2 of Firefly Lane is now on Netflix.

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