The ‘Tiny Fairly Issues’ finale ended with the downfall of Monique Dubois. However don’t rely her out. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Lauren Holly about Monique’s takedown and the different finale twist.
Monique Dubois was untouchable till Neveah Stroyer entered the image. Over the course of Tiny Fairly Issues, the partitions started to shut in on the pinnacle of the Archer College. The ending of the first season featured her epic takedown. However the formidable Monique has already proven everybody she’ll go to nice lengths for the place she has given every thing to, and he or she’s not about to surrender now.
HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY to the unimaginable Lauren Holly in regards to the advanced girl that’s Monique Dubois. She revealed why this function got here at a “excellent time” in her life. Regardless of being ousted from the Archer College after she was uncovered for her involvement within the Michi Seaside scandal, Lauren is aware of that Monique “simply can’t” and received’t surrender ballet. Plus, she weighed in on that surprising Ramon twist. Learn our full Q&A under.
You could have had so many wonderful roles over time. What was it about Monique that basically stood out?
Lauren Holly: It actually got here at an ideal time in my life that I felt like I might play this. I like that she’s so sophisticated. You don’t actually know if she’s unhealthy or if she’s good. It is a girl who was a prima ballerina in an period that’s completely different from what it’s now. She is now simply making an attempt to remain related and alive. Her approach to try this is to maintain this faculty going. She must do it in any approach that she will be able to as a result of ballet was at all times a sport made by benefactors, so she has instruments to make use of that might not be one of the best instruments.
How a lot do you know about ballet earlier than taking over this function?
Lauren Holly: I actually didn’t. I’m not a dancer. I don’t have a dance background however I’ve at all times cherished watching dance. It was a spectacular expertise to be round these youngsters. I name them youngsters, which is so impolite. They’re all younger adults. However I really feel like they’re my youngsters in a approach. They’re superhuman. They’re skilled athletes. I keep in mind after we first began filming, I witnessed the primary time somebody was dancing. I used to be standing just a bit bit offstage, and I burst into tears. I couldn’t imagine how stunning it was. I used to be so shut that I might hear her respiration and the hassle that it was taking and the athleticism. It was simply unimaginable.
The finale was such a wild journey, and Monique’s kingdom has crumbled down. With the Michi Seaside Membership state of affairs and Monique’s function in it out within the open, do you assume she will be able to come again from this?
Lauren Holly: Who is aware of? I imply, what’s she gonna do? She’s given her life to this place, and now she’s out. Who is aware of the place we’ll discover her subsequent? I can’t wait to seek out out as a result of I believe that for Monique that faculty, that world, is every thing to her. I like the present as a result of it’s actually well timed within the sense that it form of asks everybody to face like, who’re you when issues get powerful? It’s virtually like everybody on the planet proper now’s being pressured to ask themselves that query. For Monique, her world simply will get utterly taken away from her, so how is she going to bounce again from that? What’s she going to depend on?
Do you assume she might ever give it up ballet?
Lauren Holly: I’d assume that she simply can’t. I believe it’s every thing to her. I believe it’s her id.
After the dancers uncovered her, Monique advised Neveah that she’ll remorse this. How severe is Monique about that menace?
Lauren Holly: She’s managed by the writers, however I’d think about she’s very severe. Monique is not going to disappear with out a struggle.
The finale additionally featured Ramon’s surprising dying. Given their historical past, how do you assume Monique will react to his dying?
Lauren Holly: I’m unsure as a result of I’m not the author, however I’d assume that it will be devastating for her. I believe that he held a spot in her coronary heart, in order that can be a very surprising factor for her to take care of. However then once more, she may need killed him.
Ramon and Monique’s relationship was extremely sophisticated. What was it like exploring that relationship?
Lauren Holly: They understood one another. They each got here from form of the identical period and knew what it took, what they needed to fake to not see, that form of factor. Ballet is a enterprise that was made by benefactors, so that you needed to curry favor. I believe that she simply saved these instruments when she grew to become the director, and he or she knew that Ramon would perceive that and that he in all probability did the identical factor. As a lot as they’d a previous love and all of that, it was such as you, you understand what this takes. You recognize what I’ve to do. You do it, too. They’re form of the identical in that approach.
Monique additionally had a relationship with Archer pupil Caleb. It began out as a sexual relationship, however Monique ended issues romantically between them. Do you assume Monique has realized whats she’s doing is improper?
Lauren Holly: I believe she’s frightened. I believe she deep down is aware of what she’s doing is damaging. That is what occurred in her world when she was in it, however I additionally assume that someplace there may be actual affection, as effectively. I’m unsure how that’s going to proceed. I believe it’s attention-grabbing that, for him, it was such an emotional connection that he wanted. She’s positively invested in it.
You touched on this earlier about how Monique is making an attempt to remain related as a result of the present world is rather a lot completely different than the one she was dancing in. What was that wish to discover the generational shifts and the way Monique is making an attempt to maintain up?
Lauren Holly: These items are the identical factor that I face in my world in making tv and flicks. That’s why I’m simply so pleased that I get to play this half as a result of it’s at an ideal time in my life. I really feel like I went by means of an period, and it’s completely different now. It was straightforward for me to attract on that. I simply take into consideration how I used to be the entire youngsters’ age making reveals like Picket Fences, how completely different it was for me to be on that present then, how the world has modified a lot in leisure, and the way even simply girls are handled and what not. It was straightforward to make parallels between the 2 worlds.
Given Monique’s involvement within the Michi Seaside state of affairs and lots of of her not-so-great choices, do you assume she might be redeemed?
Lauren Holly: Completely. It’s all on the writers, however I believe individuals might be forgiven or allowed some room in case you begin studying extra about what made them do the issues they did and their intentions and whatnot. Personally, I believe Monique is extra good than unhealthy. I believe she actually desires one of the best for her college students. She’s simply not could also be going about it in the appropriate approach on a regular basis.
There’s one line that she says, “The previous is a lure.” I’d like to dig deep into her previous in a possible second season as a result of there’s clearly a lot there.
Lauren Holly: I’m excited as a result of the writers have advised me that we’re going to be going dwelling with Monique if we’re fortunate sufficient to return again for a second season. I’m actually to see how she lives as a result of considered one of my issues for the character was she handled day by day like she was nonetheless on a stage. She simply needed that feeling on a regular basis, so is that what she’s like at dwelling? Or is it utterly completely different? There’s simply quite a lot of prospects.
There are such a lot of wonderful dancers on this present. Do you assume there’s anybody specifically who Monique sees herself essentially the most in?
Lauren Holly: I considered that rather a lot. For some purpose, I’m not precisely positive why, however I believe it is perhaps June. I believe that Monique’s fought for each second, and I believe she assessments June to see if she’s up for the struggle.