‘White Strains’ is Netflix’s latest hit across the globe. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with star Marta Milans in regards to the thriller surrounding Axel’s demise, Kika’s difficult household, hopes for season 2, and extra.

White Strains was launched on Netflix on Could 15 and has captivated the world. Whereas watching, everybody needed to know: who killed Axel all these years in the past? The reply was lastly revealed within the season finale after so many twists and turns. The large reveal that it was Anna, with Marcus’ assist, was much more surprising than we might have imagined.

MeSlop talked EXCLUSIVELY with Marta Milans about Kika’s journey all through the season. Whereas there was a second she thought Kika might have killed Axel, she in the end knew Kika “beloved him means an excessive amount of.” She additionally revealed that the position of Kika was written for her and mentioned Kika’s difficult relationships together with her household and Marcus.

Laura Haddock and Marta Milans in a scene from ‘White Strains.’ (Netflix)

If you had been trying into the position of Kika, what was it about her you had been drawn to?
Marta Milans: I’ve to say that I used to be fortunate sufficient to have Álex Pina, the creator of an exquisite present known as Cash Heist and earlier than {that a} present known as The Pier. I starred in Shazam virtually two years in the past, and I flew to Europe to do The Pier. Whereas filming that, he was growing White Strains, and he actually wrote the position for me. That’s why the position is so near me and is just about an extension of Marta in lots of, some ways. When he was telling me about Kika earlier than the scripts had been even written and pitching me the story of my household, I informed Alex, “That’s slightly on the market, dude. Are individuals going to assume we’re fully bonkers insane? Are they going to narrate to us with a brother that desires to f*ck his personal mother and the working of the drug cartels in Ibiza?” Alex saved saying, “Milans, Milans, Milans, simply belief me.” And I did. Take a look at us now.

What did you like probably the most about exploring Kika’s difficult household dynamics?
Marta Milans: I come from a really regular, loving household, so it was attention-grabbing and engaging to discover a very dysfunctional household unit. One of many issues that’s distinctive about White Strains versus some other household dramas is that we’re used to seeing households falling aside in an arc of the season. Within the case of Álex, he stated he needed to do it the opposite means. He stated he needed to begin with a household that’s fully torn aside by historical past, by circumstance, by the relationships, and needed to attempt to construct that again up. He needed to attempt to carry them again collectively. Within the arc of the household in season 1 of White Strains is a very destroyed household and whether or not or not we achieve coming again collectively for good continues to be to be seen, however we actually attempt.

Did Álex let you know proper off the bat who killed Axel or did you need to wait till you bought the scripts?
Marta Milans: No, no, no, we didn’t know. He didn’t need any of us to know. We received episodes 8, 9, and 10 slightly late within the technique of filming. We solely discovered in direction of the tip. When us actors discovered it was Anna, I went again to the dinner scene. Danny [Mays] and Angela [Griffin] had each been informed by our director however nobody else knew. I feel it serves a function as a result of that dinner scene, that main second the place all of us air our historical past and our resentment in direction of Axel, had we identified [who killed him] it will have knowledgeable the scene otherwise. I feel it was a good suggestion to tell us later within the course of.

Was there ever a second earlier than you discovered that you simply thought Kika could have carried out it? 
Marta Milans: I believed so, however she actually is pure coronary heart. Kika doesn’t have a foul bone in her physique. She could also be barely irresponsible and is perhaps superficial at instances, however she actually simply means effectively. I knew within the backside of my coronary heart that it couldn’t be Kika. She beloved him means an excessive amount of. I do know that generally doesn’t imply something with crimes of ardour and whatnot, however I didn’t actually take into consideration that an excessive amount of.

That final episode had a quiet, highly effective second with Kika and Marcus the place she tells him that Axel informed her that he slept with Anna. What was that like so that you can expose slightly little bit of these secrets and techniques and actually set issues in movement slightly bit with Marcus?
Marta Milans: I used to be shocked once they informed me that I used to be going to get with Marcus. I actually didn’t see that coming in any respect. He’s nonetheless in love with Anna all through your complete present. I used to be questioning if he was utilizing her or not utilizing her, however then Álex stated to me, “Hear, you’re each very misplaced, however you’re each actually good individuals, so I need you to return collectively within the hope that you’ll study some variations and study what from what has been taking place to you alongside the season, in order that into the long run you guys can construct one thing collectively.” I considered that as an attention-grabbing selection for Kika’s character. Wanting again now, once I do inform him that Anna slept with Axel, I don’t bear in mind if I knew by then if it was Anna. It was a phenomenal to work with Danny, who’s such an excellent actor in each means. It was a really emotional scene to see him react in such a profound state of deception and betrayal. He beloved her [Anna] a lot for therefore lengthy and supposedly finds out then that she betrayed him. It’s additionally emotional for me as Kika as a result of we’re simply beginning this love story. To see somebody so heartbroken by another person if you end up beginning a narrative with that particular person can depart you feeling insecure. It’s so difficult in emotion, each my feelings and his feelings. That’s what Alex does. Alex throws loopy storylines and sophisticated, layered emotional characters collectively.

Nuno Lopes and Marta Milans in a scene from ‘White Strains.’ (Netflix)

Do you assume they might presumably make it work?
Marta Milans: I’ve spoken to Alex lots about season 2 and what we might do with it. I do consider that if issues go effectively that we might see Kika and Marcus possibly taking the drug cartels collectively and possibly screwing all the pieces up for everyone, however at the least satisfied that they will attempt at the least collectively. That could possibly be an attention-grabbing storyline and a humorous one for positive.

Is there anything you’d wish to discover in a possible season 2?
Marta Milans:
I feel in all probability coming to phrases together with her relationship together with her mom. There’s a really highly effective line that Álex wrote for me the place Kika’s mom says, “I lastly wish to let you know the reality.” Kika says that she doesn’t need her reality. She desires safety from her mom. All of us wish to really feel protected by our mom. Kika has by no means felt protected. She’s all the time felt deserted by her dad as a result of she was despatched away so younger. I really feel coming to phrases with forgiving that abandonment and forgiving that lack of safety is one thing that anyone desires to have from their mother and father. But when they don’t have that of their childhood, it actually leaves a wound. That’s why she runs away from all the pieces as a result of she feels that she’s not secure anyplace. That’s actually unhappy. I feel investigating that in a future season could be positively wholesome for her psychologically.