Only Murders In The Building creator revealed how Cara Delevingne’s friendship with Selena Gomez helped secure a recurring role in season two.
Following the shocking season one finale, the formidable and unlikely trio, which includes Selena, (Mabel Mora) Martin Short (Oliver Putnam) and Steve Martin (Charles-Haden Savage) are publicly implicated in Bunny’s homicide, and are now the subjects of a competing podcast and have to deal with a bunch of New York neighbours blaming thinking they committed murder.
In December last year, it was revealed that model-turned-actress Cara would be joining the series as new character Alice, who will feature as Mabel’s love interest. Alice is ‘an art-gallery owner of her own generation who puts Mabel in touch with a side of herself she’s been somewhat neglecting since the show began.’
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, showrunner Jon Hoffman explained how the Paper Towns star landed a prominent role alongside her bestie Selena.
‘We wrote the role separately,’ he said.
‘We wanted to open up each of our trio’s world a little bit.
‘It’s a very New York story. If you’re splashed on the front page of a New York story, for good or bad reasons, you’re still becoming known, and that’s the balancing edge that they’re on the whole season.
‘For Mabel’s case [Selena] we touched on her desire to be an artist last year, that opening her world with a facilitator like Alice who feels aspirational to her, so that was the first beginning to Alice and how she would open up Mabel’s world.’
In a recent interview, the Come and Get It hitmaker revealed that she and Cara got matching tattoos and hailed her ‘one of the best friends’ she’s known since she was 16.
So when Jon suggested Cara for the role of Alice, Selena was obviously over the moon.
‘When we started thinking about casting, we thought “who was interested in the world of art, who is contemporary in the world of Selena’s?”‘ he added.
‘And then it was pretty quick to realise this is an old friendship they share, Cara and Selena, and we talked to Selena about it and she said “that would be a dream, I love her.”
Reflecting on her powerhouse performance, Jon explained: ‘Cara as she goes along, she’s so compelling and was a real treat onset. Just soaking it all up and just really giving something that is wholly her own.
‘She’s a very independent spirit, and that is alive and kicking in Alice.’
But, thanks to the trailer, we also know that our beloved trio aren’t just investigating murders: this time, they’ve been framed for one too.
Cara isn’t the only A-lister along for the ride, as comedian Amy Schumer also features in the upcoming 10-parter as a new resident of the Arconia.
Only Murders in the Building season 2 premieres on June 28 on Hulu and Disney Plus.