Selena Gomez Was ‘Really Shocked’ Reading the ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 2 Script: ‘This Is so Different’

TL; DR: 

  • Selena Gomez returns as Mabel Mora in Only Murders in the Building Season 2. 
  • The script for Only Murders in the Building Season 2 “really, really shocked” her. 
  • Changes in Selena Gomez’s life are reflected in her character.
  • Season 2 of the Hulu original series premieres on June 28, 2022. 

Only Murders in the Building Season 2 is almost here. Since the show’s release date was announced in March 2022, new episodes are hitting Hulu. So what’s in store for Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez), Charles Hayden-Savage (Steve Martin), and Oliver Putnam (Martin Short)? Whatever it is, it “really, really shocked” Gomez when she read the script for season 2. 

‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 2 centers around Bunny’s murder

The Only Murders in the Building Season 1 finale revealed Tom Kono’s (Julian Cihi) killer. However, that wasn’t the end of the story. Oliver, Charles, and Mabel had another murder in the building to investigate before the episode was over. 

The finale wrapped up with Oliver and Charles discovering Mabel kneeling over Bunny’s (Jayne Houdyshell) dead body. When police arrived at the Arconia, they promptly arrested Mabel, Oliver, and Charles. 

Needless to say, there are plenty of questions that need answering. Perhaps the most pressing being who killed Bunny and why did they frame Mabel? 

Selena Gomez calls ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 2 ‘so different’ but also ‘so great’

In December 2021, Gomez opened up about the new season during Just For Variety with Marc Malkin. She said John Hoffman, the show’s co-creator, had ideas for season 2 before filming on season 1 ended. 

“Another season was casually thrown around but then John started spewing these ideas out and sure enough they have come into fruition,” Gomez said, per Variety.

Gomez continued, sharing her reaction to reading the Only Murders in the Building Season 2 script. “When I was reading it, I was really really shocked because this is so different,” she said. “But it’s what makes the show so great.” 

“They did such a great job creating another story,” she added. 

Changes in Selena Gomez’s life translated to her character: ‘It’s a whole fresh start for Mabel’

Selena Gomez, who said the 'Only Murders in the Building' Season 2 script surprised her, sits in a scene from 'Only Murders in the Building' Season 2 Episode 1: 'Persons of Interest'
Selena Gomez in ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Season 2 Episode 1: ‘Persons of Interest’ | Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu

Only Murders in the Building Season 2 isn’t just a new chapter for Mabel, Charles, and Oliver. It’s also a change for Gomez, too. 

“It’s cool because personally in my life since I started season 1 to doing season 2, I changed so much,” she said. “I know that it’s a small amount of time, but I think it kind of carried on into Mabel.” 

Gomez went on to describe season 2 Mabel as “super cool.” “If anything, there’s just more of a sophistication to her,” she explained. “Her style gets better. She’s like super cool. I cut my hair. So it’s a whole fresh start for Mabel.”

Only Murders in the Building Season 2 premiers on June 28, 2022, with two new episodes available for streaming. After which the show’s release schedule has new episodes hitting Hulu every Tuesday at 12 a.m. PT / 3 a.m. ET.

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