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While the celebrities of Netflix’s new teen dramedy “Fakes” would possibly run a fake-ID empire on display, each actors insist they by no means used any false identification in actual life earlier than hitting authorized consuming age. That’s not precisely true for everybody they know, although. “Sorry, Mom, I’m going to place you on blast right here . . . she did-ish,” Jennifer Tong laughs. “She used her older sister’s pretend ID to sneak into golf equipment. I suppose she’s a bit extra of a badass than I’m.”

Though Tong may not see herself as a badass, her character, Rebecca Li, definitely is. The teenage Rebecca navigates difficult household dynamics, crushes, and friendships with a aptitude for model as she and her finest good friend — stressed-out, famous person pupil Zoe Christensen (performed by “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” alum Emilija Baranac) — inadvertently construct one among North America’s largest fake-ID rings. As their world explodes from the halls of their highschool right into a ritzy penthouse and interactions with shady businessmen, Zoe and Rebecca discover their stable relationship challenged.

Baranac applauds that, all through the fourth-wall-breaking drama, the women’ connection nonetheless seems like “a real friendship.” She tells POPSUGAR, “I really feel perhaps typically feminine friendships could be a little stereotypical, or ladies are simply pitted in opposition to one another, so it was very nice to see two women which have grown up collectively, and they simply genuinely have quite a lot of love and assist.”

The love and assist of their onscreen unintended legal masterminds has transferred off the digicam as nicely. The actors first met over Zoom whereas doing chemistry reads, however Baranac describes their connection as “easy.” Finding a bond by shared performing experiences — and, admittedly, a love of meals — “I felt like we had recognized one another for thus lengthy, too. Even although we actually simply met,” Baranac says.

” . . . having somebody to vent to, or join with, who was going by the very same factor as me was so pretty.”

“I feel having somebody, a accomplice to undergo the filming course of and all the things was so essential for me,” Tong explains. “It was each of our first instances being leads on a collection, so having somebody undergo the very same factor with me — and clearly that comes with its challenges and tribulations and stuff — so having somebody to vent to, or join with, who was going by the very same factor as me was so pretty.”

She continues, “It was simply . . . I’m going to say it once more, going to work with my finest good friend. That’s what I felt like.” The feeling is mutual. Responds Baranac: “It was a really particular expertise.”

“Fakes” season one does not essentially finish with fairly as candy of an change of friendship between Tong and Baranac’s characters, sadly. Zoe and Rebecca are going through the implications of meddling in a harmful underworld. “Audiences can be left questioning, ‘How did we get to the place they’re? And what is going on to occur subsequent when it comes to their friendship? Who betrays who? And how is their friendship going to outlive?'” Baranac teases.

The ladies have “pitched a pair concepts” for the path of a second season, if “Fakes” is renewed, Baranac says. They are also already geared up to proceed dealing with the scenes with a darker tone. Part of that comes from feeling “comfy on set and supported by the forged and the crew,” Tong tells POPSUGAR. “And I positively felt that. So once we had been transferring into, ‘Yeah, after all we’re at all times having enjoyable on set,’ and I really felt that regardless of how a lot stress and strain we had been underneath, I at all times felt like I used to be having enjoyable. And then once we had been transferring into the extra deeper, heavier scenes, I feel as an actor, it is necessary to face your floor about what you want and how one can really feel supported, and that I felt very comfy to have the ability to dig deeper into the feelings or the circumstances of the scene as a result of I felt so supported within the setting.”

Baranac says, “It was all so enjoyable on daily basis. It actually felt like a dream come true.”

Stream “Fakes” on Netflix now.

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