‘Hightown’ Time 2 Preview: Monica Raymund Talks Jackie’s Sobriety

When Hightown returns for Period 2, Jackie will have one fewer factor holding her back.

Season 1 ended with her DUI expenses officially dropped, enabling the National Marine Fisheries Company agent to shift forward with her lifestyle and focus on keeping sober. The new season, which premieres this Sunday at 9/8c on Starz, will see her identified to make the finest of her next prospect as she usually takes on the rising crisis of a deadly new drug, identified as the Fantastic White, sweeping as a result of the Cape.

“The Good White plays a significant piece of the puzzle in Year 2 and which is getting marketed by Frankie’s guys,” Monica Raymund, who performs Jackie, tells TVLine. “That’s all about, and we see what the repercussions are with that. She finds herself in the midst of all of these temptations, and she’s holding on to her sobriety mainly because she’s happier when she’s sober.”

“She has last but not least identified her purpose in hoping to do good in the environment by placing away these lousy fellas,” Raymund continues. “At the starting of the season, it is a large purpose why she wishes to continue to be sober. But then as we go on as a result of the time, we see that obsession of the brain get started to flare up yet again.”

Dohn Norwood, who plays Alan, notes that his character’s choice to assistance Jackie is an opportunity to “show her the right way to do things” following getting so intensely motivated by Ray. Whether or not Jackie follows his lead, nevertheless, remains to be observed. She’ll have a good deal on her plate this period, specifically when her father also arrives waltzing again into her daily life.

“The issue results in being, how does Jackie navigate all of that and check out to honor her sobriety at the very same time? That is definitely the place things get a very little rocky,” Raymund teases.

Matters are now rocky for Ray, who’s been suspended from the law enforcement power following Renee accused him of sexual assault. The disgraced cop commences Year 2 sensation misplaced and looking for an outlet. “Ray’s living in his basement, he thinks he’s strike rock base,” his portrayer James Badge Dale explains. “Unfortunately, in lifetime, what you imagine is rock bottom may possibly not be. There is this lifeforce in him that is this juxtaposition in which he’s as dark as he can get, emotionally, with despair, [but] there is nevertheless this other factor inside of him that’s pushing him forward.”

“He hardly ever stopped going to really glance at himself, and he genuinely utilized work and the pursuit of Frankie to just keep hectic and [not] appear deep,” sequence creator and showrunner Rebecca Cutter adds. “Not owning that is actually hard for him, and he attempts a ton of unique points to fill that gap. He tries new romance, he tries heading again to some spouse and children, and eventually, he realizes nothing’s heading to work for him like making the scenario.”

Riley Voelkel and Amaury Nolasco in Hightown Season 2Making the circumstance will be a lot extra tough now that Frankie has been produced from jail. Amaury Nolasco, who plays Frankie, states the recently freed drug dealer “comes out to declare what is his,” together with his lover Renee and rising drug empire.

Renee, in the meantime, will are living in luxurious soon after selecting Frankie, who is the father of her boy or girl, around Ray. “She’s content with her selection,” Riley Voelkel states. “She’s dwelling the substantial class life, and he’s supplying her seemingly what she needs.” But when Frankie’s cousin Jorge (played by Luis Guzmán) will come into the image, it “introduces yet another stage of chaos and violence. It is just a reminder for her like, ‘Is this the much better everyday living for me and my son? Did I make the suitable conclusion?’”


“This is how Latino people are. It is like we simply cannot say no — spouse and children comes very first,” Nolasco says of Frankie’s partnership with Jorge. “He’s far more of a free cannon than Frankie is so I am the one who has say, ‘Listen, let us assume this by means of.’ He just wishes to shoot from the hip, [and is] also developing a very little little bit of distrust in my romantic relationship with Renee.”

That does not automatically imply Jorge’s makes an attempt to derail Renee will operate. “Last time, Renee was a minimal bit of a pawn in the game… This season, she’s seriously a game participant so don’t underestimate Renee,” Voelkel warns.