9:37am PT by Philiana Ng
'Fairly Legal': Lauren Gets Her Big Romantic Kiss (Exclusive Video)
It's about time.
After nearly two seasons grieving after the death of her husband, Fairly Legal's staight-laced attorney Lauren Reed (Virginia Williams) has finally let her hair down -- literally and figuratively -- and become the object of someone's affections.
In a scene from Friday's episode "Force Majeure," exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren is charmed off her feet by wealthy English businessman Robin Archer (Lloyd Owen) with expensive food, Singin' in the Rain, Peggy Lee and what else, lawyer talk. The climactic moment comes at a pivotal time for Lauren, though nothing can ever stay sunny forever as Robin may not be the person he says he is.
As Williams tells THR, the slow build to Lauren's big moment was intentional to convey to the audience that she did, in fact, love her dearly-departed (and much-older) husband. "It's really exciting," the actress says. "I think the fans have been rooting for Lauren to let loose a bit and open herself up to the possibility of another relationship and Lloyd Owen is a dreamboat to work with. The accent does not hurt."
Likening Lauren's new love interest to Clive Owen ("chiseled," "super subtle sexy quality"), Williams says that not all will be well in the romance department.
"The audience should always feel like there's maybe a dark side to Robin Archer," she says. "We don't know what's in his past or is he trustworthy or not. Suffice it to say, over the next two episodes we will definitely get to see some darker elements to him. There is a great cliffhanger at the end of the season for Lauren and it does involve Archer. I think everyone will be pretty stoked to see what happens. It's a big ambiguous whether she'll go to the dark side or not."
For fans of Lauren and Justin (Michael Trucco), Williams is hopeful that should the USA Network drama reach a third season, that more team-ups will be in the future. And she's well aware of the vocal fans wanting the two to be involved romantically.
"[It] would be a wonderful foil for the Kate (Sarah Shahi) character," Williams says. "The two of them together would throw every other character's orbit out of whack which would be fun to play with."
Fairly Legal airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on USA Network.