Wetpaint Entertainment: You’re a series regular now, which is great! Were you worried that this was it for Mona? Janel: Absolutely, especially because Mona dies in the books. So I kind of held my breath when I read the script and I fell off the cliff. I was like, (sarcastic) “Great…am I dead?” and thrilled at the end to find out that I wasn’t. And of course it was like, “Well, they could kill me in the next couple of episodes of Season 3, I don’t know where it’s going.” And then they made me a series regular. I’m really excited and I’m thrilled and honored to be part of the cast, and I can’t wait to see where Season 3 will go.
Do you know anything about Season 3 as far as whether Mona has been working alone or there really is a “Team A”? You’ll find out more about her visitor. There’s definitely a connection there. All the pieces will start to come together. Season 3 will start 6 months after the Season 2 finale ended, so it’s the second anniversary of Alison’s death. Mona’s been in the Radley Sanitarium for six months. And you’ll find out more. She has a lot of explaining to do.
She’s done some awful things for the past two seasons, but do you think Mona’s redeemable? I’m not sure, and I’m not sure anyone wants her to be redeemable. I mean, having that villain in a show is kind of fun. I don’t know that I want her to be redeemed.
Do you know if Maya’s implied death is tied to the original mystery? I think everything is connected. But that’s my theory. I don’t know for sure but that’s what I think. I don’t think anything is an accident on the show.
Do you know anything about Alison and her existence at this point? Obviously Alison had a very strong effect on a lot of people and I think you’ll start to find out more back story about how she affected these people and how it led up to everything that’s happened lately.
Are you curious whether she’s alive, considering they followed the book to this point? I’m extremely curious where the writers are taking this because as we’ve all said repeatedly, the books were a blueprint for the TV show, we’re not following it exactly. And they’ve shocked all of us cast members with the things they’ve come up with that are different from the books. So there will be a lot of surprises to come and I can’t wait!