The Haunting of Hill House breakout Victoria Pedretti has signed on for another Netflix sensation and, Molly, you in danger, girl. Pedretti has signed on to play Love Quinn in the second season of You, the gripping romance/psychological horror that debuted on Lifetime to limited numbers before skyrocketing to a reported 40 million households when it hit the streaming network in December.
Audiences waiting with baited breath to see what’s next for Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), probably won’t be surprised to hear there’s a new woman who catches his eye when he movies to Los Angeles, but don’t expect Beck 2.0. Showrunner Sera Gamble told EW, “Joe is not out there looking for love. He’s truly heartbroken by what has happened, and so what Love offers is a different kind of friendship and a different kind of relationship.”
Love is also a whole different woman from Beck. An aspiring chef working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store, Love steers clear of social media and self-promotion — Joe’s preferred means of stalking — focused instead on leading an interesting life. According to the official character description, “she is also tending to a deep grief, and when she meets Joe Goldberg, she senses a shared knowledge of profound, life-changing loss.”
What can we expect from Pedretti’s character? Gamble told EW, “Like her name, she’s very warm and there is a carefree aspect to her spirit that really comes from the fact that she has constructed a life for herself that’s about being in the moment and doing what she loves every day. In that way, she’s very very different than the woman that you got to know in season one, Beck, who was ambitious and driven as a writer and also as a young person in a social circle that had a certain kind of status. Beck had been quite aware of her social media presence, and Love is extremely disinterested in all of that.”
New town, new leading lady… new show? To some extent. Definitely don’t expect to see a repeat of the first season. “Season 1 was a particular kind of story that we could tell about the relationship between Joe and Beck and the moment that we did what we did in the finale, that’s not repeatable,” Gamble continued. “I will say that Love is a person he could only have met after what happened between him and Beck.”
Whatever happens between Love and Joe, they couldn’t have found a better performer to bring a new energy to the series. Pedretti was phenomenal in Hill House, stealing the show from an absolutely stacked cast of incredible performances. I’ve been waiting to see what she’ll do next and You seems like a perfect place to flex her emotional A-game again.
The release date for You Season 2 has not been set, but the series will return exclusively on Netflix.