Tuesday’s Faking It began with one of the MTV comedy’s funniest bits to date (“Happy Hump Day!”) and ended with a heartbreaking conversation “Karmy” fans have dreaded for weeks.
“It was hard to film,” Katie Stevens tells TVLine of the episode’s final scene. “There’s never a time when Karma and Amy haven’t made up, so at the end of this episode, it feels like it’s over.”
That said, Stevens is excited that fans are “finally hearing why Karma does the things she does, and why she keeps Amy on the hook. I think the fans will be disappointed when they find out the kiss wasn’t because Karma has feelings for Amy, but the truth is that Karma has always strived for attention, and she finally got this unconditional love from her best friend — it’s understandable. So at least there’s some closure on the pool kiss.”
Below, Stevens takes us behind the scenes of Karma’s viral hit, discusses the future of “Karmy” and previews next week’s musical team-up with Shane.
TVLINE | OK, let’s talk about “Hump Day.” How did that all come together?
[Laughs] When I first read it, I was like, “Of course you guys would do this to me.” It was just about having fun and not caring. None of the other cast members were on set when I shot it. We did it at the end of a long day, and I just wanted to make everyone laugh. That was my motivation behind it. I was like, “If they laugh out loud behind video village, I’m doing something right.” I worked for laughs.
TVLINE | It’s ridiculous, but it’s honestly not a bad song.
When they recorded it, they were like, “Make yourself sound twelve. Don’t sound like a good singer.”
TVLINE | And how long did it take to get it out of your head?
Oh, it’s still not out. I think I woke up this morning singing it. But what’s funny is that the dance was actually choreographed by Alison Faulk, who was the choreographer for Magic Mike. I was like, “You got to watch Channing Tatum thrust for hours on end, and now you’re doing this. Thank you.”
TVLINE | When Karma wasn’t singing and dancing, she was sort of playing the villain this week. Was that fun for you?
Well, that’s the thing: People are always going to find a way to villainize Karma because everybody’s seeing the story from Amy’s perspective. No one really sees it from Karma’s perspective, but she’s just as hurt as Amy. Even though Karma’s the one who spearheaded them faking being lesbians, she never planned for Amy to fall in love with her. She works so hard to be conscious of Amy’s feelings that sometimes her feelings aren’t taken into account; she really didn’t do anything with Zita, and she didn’t do anything to deserve having this “Hump Day” video released. She’s feeling betrayed. I definitely didn’t go into [this episode] thinking that I was playing the villain, it was more about Karma being hurt that she’s being called the villain.
TVLINE | Can you offer any hope to “Karmy” fans?
Karma has always wanted to maintain the friendship they’ve had since they were kids, but feelings become complicated. I think fans will be sad after this episode, but hopefully it’ll keep them on the edge of their seat. I’ve always said that the show doesn’t exist without Karma and Amy’s friendship. They’ll get back on track eventually.
TVLINE | On a happier note, Karma is sharing the stage with Shane next week. What’s that about?
I love that episode. You’ll get to see Karma and Shane’s friendship, which we’ve only seen in minor glimpses. After basically breaking up with Amy this week, she’s going to be pretty down in the dumps, so Shane will encourage her to cheer up through her music. One thing leads to another, and they’re thrust into a battle of the bands. It’s great.
How are you holding up after tonight’s big “Karmy” split? Are you hopeful for the friends’ future? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.