UnREAL Stars Talk Puzzling Finale Moment, What It Means for Season 2

If you’re still wondering exactly what Rachel meant by that very odd declaration of love in UnREAL‘s Season 1 finale, congratulations: Series stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer say that’s exactly what the Lifetime drama was going for.

Fans of the reality-show-skewering series will remember that Appleby’s Rachel told her mentor/tormentor Quinn how deeply she cared for her in the season-ender, but the look on Rachel’s face — and the fact that she’d just learned Quinn had sabotaged her — were at odds with her warm words.

“I felt like she was saying, ‘I love you, but you’re killing me on the inside,’ ‘I love you and I’m going to get back at you,’ and ‘I love you, you’re the only person I really have in this world,'” Appleby told TVLine at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

And that ambiguity wasn’t lost on Quinn, Zimmer noted.

“It definitely has this something’s-not-right feeling, which is a great way to end the season,” said the actress, “to see how she’s going to take that and use it against me or for herself.”

She added: “Ultimately, the people were really into the relationship of Quinn and Rachel. That was the best way to end it — to show that you can be 100 percent in love with someone, but know that they could possibly be pretty bad for you. We just have to figure out what that is for both of us.”

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As for Season 2 scoop, “The only thing I know is that we’re going back to work in March, and the writers start writing in November,” Appleby said. (With reporting by Rebecca Iannucci)