Lily Cowles of 'Roswell, New Mexico' says Isobel will find some 'light at the end of the tunnel' in Season 2
In Season 2, while Isobel tries to move forward from the trauma she experienced, she also has to grieve the loss of her brother Max
Season 2 of 'Roswell, New Mexico' has finally hit our screens and the new season has already thrown a lot at Isobel Evans, played by Lily Cowles. In Season 1, we learned that Isobel's husband Noah Bracken (Karan Oberoi) was an alien and was using her body secretly to kill other people.
In Season 2, while trying to move forward from the trauma she experienced, Isobel also has to grieve the loss of her brother Max (Nathan Parsons). A blow is also delivered in the season premiere when we learn that Isobel is pregnant with Noah's baby.
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) caught up with Cowles to talk about Isobel's journey in Season 2 and what fans can look forward to. Cowles says that Isobel will have to deal with the loss of Max — whom she considered her other half and her "codependent best friend." She continues, "On top of that, she's lost her husband, not only because he died, but because the relationship that she thought she had was a complete lie."
"She's mourning a relationship, she's mourning the death of her husband, she's mourning her brother's death." Cowles says it's really bad for Isobel at the moment, saying, "Nothing could be worse for her at the moment. It's also the end of a life she had constructed, which was not very true to herself." Cowles also pointed out that in the sixth episode of Season 1, Isobel had told Michael that everything she does is a lie, that everything has been a performance.
Cowles continues, "She tried to play by these rules and act according to society's expectations. She's been playing the role of a good wife, playing the role of a good sister, but she's never really had a chance to explore her own life on her own terms. And so while this is about the worst thing that could possibly happen to her, I think it's also an opportunity for her to rediscover herself on her terms. And so that could be the light at the end of a tunnel."
Cowles points out that Isobel's priority in Season 2 is learning how to defend herself so that she will not be victimized again. She says, "I think very much that she's going into major self-protection mode because she just can't afford to be a victim to anyone else again. She takes up martial arts. She starts getting in crazy good shape."
The actress also says that Isobel will be learning how to use her power after Noah told her in Season 1 how she has only tapped into a "tiny bit of [her] power." Cowles says Isobel realizes that she may be more powerful and have all the inner strength that she can call upon to protect herself and move forward on her terms.
Cowles also says that Isobel will have to find a way to get closure. She says, "I think that she needs to end this chapter in her life. And I think she wants to see that part of her life erased. I think she doesn't want to have any part of her anymore that has any relation to Noah. And it's going to be a struggle. It's going to be hard for her to do that."
She continues, "There are extenuating circumstances that are going to make it difficult for Isobel to move forward on her terms. But ultimately, all of those problems and conflicts give her the opportunity to step up and find an inner strength to move forward. She's going to have to do it on her own terms. She's not going to get to have a conversation with him, to clear the air or anything like that."
Cowles goes on to say that Isobel has never been in a situation where she had to stand alone — she has always had Max or Noah, whom she got married to when they were quite young.
"She's always relied on the strength of men around her to help her through. And suddenly she doesn't have that," Cowles says. "I think there's going to be a desire in her to reach out to other people that she maybe had shunned before. We see her reaching out to other females to get female support, and maybe she'll have to break through some of those walls that she built up to keep other people out."
She continues, "She's going to have to start letting other people in. And I think that's a wonderful thing for her. I mean, as terrible as all of this has been for her. I think it's also an incredible moment of opportunity where she can make some changes that will be positive in her own life."
Cowles also says that Isobel exploring her newfound self-expression would be exciting to watch for fans, "whether it is through her hair or the way that she moves through the world physically." Cowles calls it the "emancipation of Isobel Evans," saying it would be fun to watch her empowerment. The actress also teases that there could be "a little romance or some intrigue there that could be fun to look out for."