Just days before the second season of Hulu’s crime series Only Murders in the Building debuts, Selena Gomez gets candid about her character. The actress stars alongside comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short in the series which returns for Season 2 on June 28. In a recent interview with the Awards Chatter podcast, the actress revealed that her character was actually originally expected as a male.
Martin co-created the series with John Hoffman, though landing Short was essential to getting Martin to come aboard as a star. Gomez said, “My understanding is that Steve said he wouldn’t be in it unless Marty was in it.” She added, “So we got Marty and that was the beginning before I was involved. Steve met with John Hoffman and they spoke and it was actually some of the producers’ collective idea of having a female but not only a female, someone completely generations off. And Steve said he loved the idea and thought it was really fun.”
The series follows Charles-Haden Savage, a former TV drama series star, Oliver Putnam, a struggling Broadway director, and Mabel Mora, a young woman renovating an apartment in their building, The Arconia. The first season followed this unlikely trio, who discover they’re all true crime superfans… and put their passion to the test when someone is murdered in their building. Previously, after landing the role, Gomez said, ‘the next part was them hoping I wasn’t going to be annoying. That’s honestly the truth. They didn’t know.’
The Disney alum added, “They tell people all the time, ‘I guess we didn’t really know what to expect, someone coming in who’s younger.'” Selena Gomez added that she couldn’t have been luckier because they called her. The songstress went on to say, “I talked to everyone for a while and I told them all my fascination behind the true crime. It happened and I can’t picture the show with three men.”
Gomez also shared that she started delving into both of her new co-star’s classic movies. “So I think Steve and Marty knew of me. I don’t know if they necessarily knew any of my work.” Selena continues, “Not necessarily the same because I watched all the classics with my mom growing up but it had been a while and I had not seen nearly enough because they had both done a lot,” she said. She added Short’s character Jiminy Glick, ‘who was one of my favourite characters so I knew Marty from that and then obviously Steve from multiple different things I watched growing up. So I knew.’