‘The Wilds’: The Actors Who Play Shelby and Toni Lived Together

Filming for season 2 of The Wilds has officially begun and fans are chomping at the bit to see what will happen next. Though the popular Amazon show premiered fairly recently (season 1 dropped in December of 2020), the finale left fans with more questions than answers. Not only are viewers interested in the twist, but they also want to see what’s next for the eight young women. Shelby and Toni, in particular, have been a topic of conversation.

The Wilds stars Erana James and Mia Healey confront each other as Shelby and Toni
Erana James and Mia Healey

It would be fair to say that the characters Shelby and Toni had chemistry from the very first episode of The Wilds. What started off as animosity eventually gave way to an attraction between the pair. And while the characters couldn’t be more different, the Southern belle and the hothead seem to be proving that opposites do indeed attract.

‘The Wilds’ cast only got one script at a time

Funnily enough, Mia Healey and Erana James, who portray Shelby and Toni in The Wilds, didn’t know for sure that their characters were building toward a romantic connection until more than halfway through filming. In an interview with Cinemablend, James revealed that the cast was given scripts episode by episode. Still, she and Healey hoped that their characters would eventually form a more positive connection.

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“We received the scripts once every two weeks as we were filming, so we didn’t know from the get go,” James shared about the process of filming The Wilds. “We had an inkling. Mia and I are super close off screen and have a lovely connection so we sort of hoped, like maybe a little connection will spark. But yeah, I think when we read the script for episode six, we were like yep, we’re building to something here and it built and it grew.”

Mia Healey reveals how her chemistry with Erana James lent itself to Shelby and Toni’s connection

The real-life connection that James and Healey formed actually came in handy when their characters forged a romantic connection. In fact, the actors took the opportunity to live together while the were filming the entire first season of The Wilds. According to Healey, cohabitating allowed them to develop a sense of intimacy, which came in handy when they were filming.

“We lived together and the whole time we were filming Season 1 [of The Wilds] we got our own place,” Healey said, referencing James. “And I guess just having those open conversations about how we’re feeling about each other’s characters and in the scenes and just playing around with it at home. We’d get back from work, tossing up ideas and making sure we were physically connected and always maintaining a physical connection as well. That sounds intense, but yeah.”

What’s next for Toni and Shelby in ‘The Wilds’ Season 2

It’s pretty great that the actors have a friendship in real-life. In fact, the main cast members of The Wilds have all gushed about how close they are. We’re sure they’re thrilled to be working together again and we know fans can’t wait to see what’s next for them in season 2.