‘Firefly Lane’ star Sarah Chalke on Kate and Tully’s fight and that devastating finale

‘Firefly Lane’ star Sarah Chalke on Kate and Tully’s fight and that devastating finale

Warning) This post contains spoilers for Firefly Lane season 2_ part 1.

Kate (Sarah Chalke) and Tully (Katherine Heigl) have been through a lot. They formed an unbreakable bond when they were teenagers. Since then, they have seen each other through many stages of their lives, including first loves, first heartbreaks, marriages, children, career wins and losses, as well as first love and first hearts. What could have possibly caused them to split?

That was the question that Firefly Lane posed in its first season, as the finale revealed that the two women weren’t talking. Season 2 revealed the truth about that mystery. Tully was involved in a drunk driving accident while Kate was riding in the car. Yet, Tully was still knocking at Tully’s door by season 2… but this time it wasn’t because of good news. Kate just learned that she had cancer and Tully was not home.

EW spoke to Chalke about the rollercoaster season and Kate’s diagnosis. They also discussed what to expect from the final episodes.

Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl on ‘Firefly Lane’

Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl on ‘Firefly Lane’

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I want to start with a technical question: With all the timelines on this show, do you all only ever shoot one timeline a day?


You can go back and forth?

Yeah. Although the goal is not to mix decades in a single day, it must happen for reasons like location or COVID reasons. Then all of a sudden, the scenes are shifted around. So you’re putting on a wig for the ’80s stuff and then taking your own hair out after for the 2000s and trying to act 20 years younger and have more of a bounce in your step and then feel a little bit older again. [Laughs] But the clothes help. Like the second you put on those ’80s clothes and the hair and the boots, it definitely gets you in that mode.

I know this is a complex question, as you have played Kate for so many years. But how do you feel that season 2 is different?

I love watching second seasons of shows, and I love returning to shows because the dynamic is so different. Everyone knows each other so it is easy to fall back into the show. Kate’s big story and journey is that she was initially uncomfortable in her skin and so eager to please everyone in the room. Then, she met Johnny [Ben Lawson]. Even though she was shy, she felt like he was outof her league. It was great to see them fall in love, and it was fun to see her become more independent. She gets so much more confident and that was really fun to play and it was so fun to play that love story through the ’80s and then obviously getting to see her becoming a mom and in the ’90s and prioritizing that over work and then obviously at the end of part 1, where it leaves us is, I guess, the most significant part of her journey. Yes, and we’ll get there, but first, let me talk about the Tully-Kate fight. Did you all know what happened when you were filming scenes of them fighting in season 1?

No. We knew it was something terrible and unforgivable, and we were curious to find out what it would be. Because I felt like “What could possibly break up this unbreakable relationship?” It was amazing to see both sides. You see Kate’s side, but you also see it from Tully’s perspective. I think you leave feeling for both of them.

I think it was smart to tie in Tully’s past trauma. It makes it easier to understand why she acted so quickly.

100 percent. It’s hard to believe that, given the context of what she went through in season 1. Oh, yeah, she hears Marah [Yael Yurman]’s voice and forgets all else and says, “I have to go. “

I was proud of Kate for standing firm when Tully showed up, even though Tully was trying hard not to apologize.

Yeah. It was the same feeling I had when I read it. I was like, “Okay Kate. That scene is also my favorite because it’s not easy. Tully is clear, but Kate doesn’t understand because it was Marah. It might have been different if it were Kate, but it was Marah. It was her baby. She doesn’t want to forgive her, but she can see how much she wants and how much she wishes she could. She reaches for her phone every single time she sees the end of the season and she can’t.

Until the end…

Right, at the end, for Kate, everything falls away and that’s the first person she thinks of and the only person that she wants to go to and who she wants to see and who she wants to talk to about it and who she wants comfort from.

Firefly Lane. Sarah Chalke as Kate in episode 209 of Firefly Lane

Sarah Chalke on ‘Firefly Lane’

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I imagine you knew the cancer twist was coming, right?

I knew the twist was coming, but I still cried when reading the script. That image of her outside Tully’s door is so sad! It’s the most sad image! It’s because she is so dependent on Tully. The elevator doors

will open.

You need some. It’s a great show and I am excited for everyone to watch it. Season 1 raised many questions, then season 2 part 1 answered them. Now there are many more questions that will be answered in the second part. There’s also a lot of humor. The show has a great balance between the serious stuff and the lighter stuff. There’s also humor, which I think is what you need to exhale.

This story was scary. It was a strange experience to be able to share her journey. It’s hard to say how it ends. You’ll have the opportunity to see. But, everyone’s lives have been affected by cancer. My aunt and grandmother were both lost to cancer. Many crew members shared their stories with me and opened up about their lives. You are able to see the faces of people you have gotten to know well and what they’ve gone through. There were definitely some very emotional moments on the set. This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Firefly Lane season 2 is available on Netflix now.

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