'Manifest': Just like viewers, Melissa Roxburgh too wants to know more about her character, Michaela
Roxburgh's Michaela is an intriguing character with a mysterious past, and the actress is as curious to know what happens next to her on 'Manifest'
After watching NBC's 'Manifest', probably no one can hold themselves back from asking, "Okay...what happens next?" Unfortunately, we are not supposed to know that yet. However, two episodes in, it seems like viewers aren't the only ones who have been left clueless about the show. Melissa Roxburgh (who plays Michaela) is just as clueless about what is next for the survivors but is just as curious as the viewers.
During an interview with Collider, Roxburgh mentioned that although series creator Jeff Rake had been planning the show for almost 10 years, he was always strict about the fact that the actors take the episodes as they go. However, just like the viewers who are dying to know what awaits next for these confused souls who have been granted a second chance after going missing for almost five years, Roxburgh couldn't help but ask questions every time one of the writers would drop a hint about the next episode.
"Now, I’ve found myself starting to hound everyone by going, 'What happens next?' As much as I’d like to say, 'No, I’m going with it' I’m super annoying to everyone. I want to know how it ends."
We completely understand Roxburgh curiosity. In the beginning of the show, her character, Michaela, is a rookie police officer grappling with tragic actions of her past and the prospect of a future with her fiancé, Jared (JR Ramirez).
However, after her return -- her flight, Montego Air Flight 828, went missing for almost five years -- she finds herself in an unfamiliar world, where her mother is dead, Jared is engaged to another person, her niece is all grown and her twin brother is five years younger to her.
But that is not all. Michaela soon realizes that it is not just the people around her who have changed, she herself is not the same person she was before she took the ill-fated flight.
After returning from the five-year absence, she begins to hear voices. While these voices might sound like her own, they surely do not tell her things that she would otherwise tell herself - like save lives or rescue people, even when she is off-duty.
Probably the voices are giving her a chance to be a better person. However, considering the mysterious things that have been happening on 'Manifest', Michaela might just be the one to either save everyone else or at least protect herself. However, things with Jared might take a different turn because Jared himself is confused...who wouldn't be, if their girlfriend returns from the dead after five years?
Also, now that he is facing his first true love after being married to her best friend, things have surely got pretty awkward between the two. What makes things more complicated is that Jared and Michaela now work together. However, the return of one of Michaela's closest friends, Lourdes, played by Victoria L. Cartagena, (who was introduced in the second episode) indicates that there might be a different twist to the whole confusion between Jared and Michaela.
Roxburgh told Hollywood Life, "I think deep down, despite what happens with their relationship, they have a huge amount of respect for each other, and they’re trying to figure out what is the most respectful way forward.”
Lourdes' return could also have a much bigger impact on Michaela's life. Ever since the first episode of 'Manifest', we have been aware that Michaela was involved in a car accident where somebody had died, and she has still not forgiven herself for that. It has been revealed that the deceased was actually one of her closest friends. With just two best friends (the dead friend and Lourdes), Michaela was probably extremely attached to both of them. However, now that Lourdes is back it might help her get clarity into what exactly happened that night, and if she is as guilty as she thinks herself to be.
Michaela was also the first one to realize - after the plane blew up towards the end of the first episode- that whoever was behind everything surely did not want to be investigated.
Maybe in that case Rake too wouldn't want Roxburgh or anyone else to investigate him regarding the upcoming episodes.
Just like her character, looks like Roxburgh too has to take one day at a time in the show, just as Michaela is trying to untie the knots of the mystery one at a time. Yet, for both of them, it is impossible to not ask, "What happens next"?