Right move for The Wrong Girl

FRIENDLY FIRE: Can Lily and Pete mend their friendship?
FRIENDLY FIRE: Can Lily and Pete mend their friendship? Channel 10

LILY Woodward may have chosen her man, but life is about to get even more complicated for The Wrong Girl.

Jessica Marais is back as the whip smart, if slightly awkward, breakfast TV producer in season two of Ten's romantic 'dramedy' based on the novel by Zoe Foster Blake.

"I was really proud of season one. Usually I find it much more difficult to say with my whole heart that I'm really proud of something, so that's a good reaction," Jessica Marais tells The Guide.

"I wanted more and I wanted to see more of the world, which is why I'm so glad we're back for season two."

After six months away in New Zealand with celebrity chef and boyfriend Jack (Logie winner Rob Collins), Lily has returned home to Melbourne to find her TV show in crisis and her best friend Pete hurt by her rejection of his declaration of love for her.

Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.
Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl. Channel 10

"She buried that when she went away with Jack without taking into consideration how real it was for him and the effect on his feelings she may be having," Jessica says.

"That's where a lot of the problems for the characters within the storylines come about - it's a lack of proper communication. That's when life goes wrong for people."

Jack flies over from New Zealand to be with Lily and suggests they stay in Melbourne so she can return to her career. After navigating Erika's contentious farewell episode on The Breakfast Bar, much to the relief of network programming boss Sasha, Lily seems to be settling back into her old life.

But she'll be thrown a curve ball when she meets Jack's ex-girlfriend Jillian.

In an upcoming episode, Natalie Bassingthwaighte joins the cast as the effervescent Gillian - also a celebrity chef.

Jessica Marais, Rob Collins and Natalie Bassingthwaighte pictured on the set of The Wrong Girl.
Jessica Marais, Rob Collins and Natalie Bassingthwaighte pictured on the set of The Wrong Girl. Channel 10

"I really love how they've written Gillian. She's really sassy but she's really practical. She's very different to Izzy (my character from Neighbours) and other roles I've played in the past," Natalie says. "Gillian hasn't come in to stir the pot and steal the man."

Despite the best of intentions, Gillian stirs up a lot of self-doubt in Lily.

"She represents the glittering world that Lily's very much on the outer of as a producer," Jessica says.

"Lily's also confronted by the fact that Gillian is so nice."

In last week's season premiere, Lily also found herself playing peacemaker between her parents. After her father announced his engagement to his new girlfriend Lily had only just met, it was up to her to break the news to her mother.

"It's a tough position but she loves both her parents," she says.

"In a sense Lily is confronted by the fact that all these worlds are happening without her being able to manage them, which is difficult for someone who is that controlling. I empathise with that."

The Wrong Girl airs tonight at 8.30pm on Channel 10.

Topics:  channel 10 jessica marais natalie bassingthwaighte

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