Last week, viewers were introduced to the alien-invaded world of The CW’s Star-Crossed. There, we met protagonist Emery, a high schooler who had spent most of her life in the hospital thanks to an immune deficiency. And on the day she was finally allowed to return to normal life, so were seven Atrians, the alien species that the government had previously kept segregated from the rest of the world. But when Emery and her best friend, the still-sick Julia, invaded The Sector in hopes of finding the Atrians’ secret healing plant, things got interesting.
By episode’s end, Emery had started a flirtation with Atrian Roman, who then used the healing plant, called Cyper, to help Julia. So what now? For starters: Fewer hospitals. For the rest, we caught up with Malese Jow (who plays Julia) to talk about what the season holds for Emery’s best friend, and more:
First, is Julia 100 percent healed?
Yes! We dive into the next episode and it’s a miraculous thing. Julia’s just so blindsided and no one knows how it happened. She’s called “the miracle girl,” and people are freaking out wanting to run more tests on her because she is 100 percent better. So no one has any idea, Julia herself doesn’t know until she has an encounter with Roman and some side effects start showing. And Julia, being the Atrian enthusiast that she is, immediately starts putting the pieces together.
You mentioned side effects. What can you tell us about those?
We saw Roman’s arm glowing whenever he used the Cyper, so the same thing kind of happens with the person who received it. People are going to have to tune in and see what else happens because the blue kind of spreads, the glowing blue, which isn’t a good thing for a human trying to keep a secret for an Atrian.
So you’re going to look like an Avatar.
Pretty much! It’s not really a good look. On top of that, people already are hesitant about the Atrians in general, so if they knew that things like that were going around, the Atrians would become lab rats. And Julia really has a heart for the Atrians, and immediately she really has a bond with Roman, so she really wants to keep that secret for them.
You can read Malese’s entire interview at EntertainmentWeekly.com