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Riley Parks’ life is about to get even more complicated.
Jennifer Love Hewitt, who plays the single mother employed at a spa that offers more than just massages, says that season two of her Lifetime drama, The Client List, finds Riley in several romantic, familial and business entanglements.
For starters, she becomes involved in a “saucy love triangle” with her recently returned husband Kyle (Brian Hallisay and brother-in-law Evan (Colin Egglesfield).
“We also find out where her husband was, why he left, if he was doing something good for the family,” Hewitt — who also is an executive producer on the show — tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Even though we thought he was doing something selfish and bad, maybe we’re going to rehabilitate him in the minds of the people watching and make him not such a bad guy — or is he? We’re going to play around with that.”
Not to mention, how does his return affect her feelings for Evan?
“Obviously, they started having something romantic, and now that the brother is back and she’s still technically married to him, what does that do for them?” she says.
And Riley isn’t the only one finding romance.
“I have a new love interest (played by Michael Beach),” Loretta Devine tells THR of her character, spa owner Georgia Cummings. She adds: “There are a lot of new twists and turns that are going to be happening this season. People who tuned in to the first season are going to absolutely love it.”
Meanwhile, there’s a new hire at The Rub of Sugar Land — and it’s not another female.
“We bring in a man this year for happy endings for women,” Hewitt says. “It’s not just about guys getting theirs.”
Trust also becomes an overwhelming issue for Riley, as many people in her life seem to be harboring secrets. Riley also takes a larger role at the spa, which comes with more power, responsibility and burden. Meanwhile, the drama with Riley’s kids will continue, as will her financial woes.
“Every time she starts to get ahead, something happens so that she falls back behind again in debt,” Hewitt says.
The actress says that’s part of what she likes about the character — that she isn’t perfect.
“I like her humanity, I like her faults, I love the mistakes that she makes,” Hewitt says. “I love her feistiness, I love her gumption, and I love her unfailing belief in the fact that somehow this is all going to be OK.”
For viewers wanting to get caught up on the first season, Lifetime is airing a mini-marathon Sunday leading up to the second-season premiere at 10 p.m. In addition, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first-season DVD on Feb. 26. (Watch an eight-minute recap of season one below.)
Throughout the first season, Devine got a lot of positive reactions from the fans, including many comments and questions about her wardrobe. But she also says that Georgia is a strong role model.
“I like that she’s a businesswoman and very powerful,” she says. “I’m inspired by any woman who is able to run something, who has employees and is affecting the lives of so many people.”
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