Hit the Floor’s Robert Christopher Riley Talks What to Expect For Season 2 — Exclusive
If you’re a fan of VH1’s hit scripted series, Hit the Floor, then you better get ready because the heat is on when the show returns Monday, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET. The hit NBA-centered show follows the life of Ahsha (Taylour Paige), an aspiring dancer who joins a dance team for one of the hottest basketball teams, the Los Angeles Devils. Of course lots of things happen including tons of betrayal, secrets, spectacular dance numbers, and spicy encounters.
Season 2 is going to be just as (if not more) jam-packed with drama, sex, hot bods, and new faces, — we got a sneak peak, and it’s explosive! — and when Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with star Robert Christopher Riley, who plays Devil’s star player Terrence Wall, he gave us some great insight for what’s to come for his character.
What can we expect for Terrence Walls’s future on the team this season?
He’s the king of Devil’s Nation, what more can I tell you! He obviously didn’t get traded last year, it’s one of those things like when Kobe wanted to be traded 3 or 4 years ago … but we do have some chemistry issues with Derek, and with those this new guy Zero, you gotta see how he fits into the season!
What’s going to happen between Terrence and Jelena, now that this new guy Zero is thrusted into the equation — is there going to be a love triangle between the three or will Terrence get a new love interest?
Well you know how love goes… it’s a very complicated issue. And long term relationships don’t end in one fell swoop. So there’s definitely some loose ends to tie up with Terrence and Jelena, and the new guys Zero definitely shakes things up. In what way he does that, you’ll have to tune in to find out, but Terrence and Jelena still have to deal with each other. She’s still queen of the Devil girls and he’s still undoubtedly the king of the Devils and as long as those two things remain, they cannot avoid each other. I mean, anyone who had to work with or be around their ex-significant other knows it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do.
You mentioned that Terrence’s relationship with Derek is still going to be a little contentious this season. Can you tell us a little more?
Well, they didn’t patch anything up last season, so they still have to figure that out. Last season, we introduced you to a number of relationships and left them in the balance … so he and Derek have to figure things out and Terrence’s biggest drive is getting a championship and he knows he can’t get it with out Derek’s help, and the same thing with the new guy, Zero. Terrence is always going to be focused on what’s best for the team. Even though his drive for the championship is obviously personal, he’s going to do what’s best for the team, so hopefully that means getting things together with Derek and the new guy.
Since Terrence’s trade to another team fell through, has his relationship with Pete changed now that he’s staying put?
I don’t think it’s that Terrence didn’t want to play with the Devils, I think it’s that he didn’t want to waste his final years. I think Kobe Bryant was making the same decision a couple years ago. I think Terrence loves Los Angeles and he loves the Devils, but he understands the legacy and wanted to make sure that he gave himself the best chance to complete his legacy as the great basketball player that he is. So with regards to Pete, I don’t think Terrence has any problems with Pete, and Pete being a former player, can absolutely understand that Terrence might have gotten traded. A lot of times, the coaches are left out of that equation… it happened when Carmelo [Anthony] got traded to the Knicks. And again, I don’t think Terrence will let anything stand in the way of him getting a championship. And if he had a rift between him and Pete, that would be the case. I mean players butt heads with coaches all the time … if you want to win a chip, you suck it up and work it out!
Will we get to see a backstory for Terrence?
We’re not going to delve too much into his backstory. A lot of Terrence’s business is in the present. And there’s enough of a backstory with his relationship with Jelena, they’ve been together for quite some time, so that’s more of what we focus on their past, present, and future. Maybe Season 3 (God willing), we’ll deal with some old demons, but right now, Terrence is all in the here and now.
Tell us why the fans should be really excited for Season 2.
Because Season 1 was awesome! And the show hasn’t changed, so why not? If you love vanilla ice cream last summer, then you’ll probably love vanilla ice cream this summer and we’re gonna put some sprinkles and hot fudge on it for you. It’s a great show, it’s fun to watch, it’s not a lot of the (for a lack of a better word) “ratchet” stuff that dominates the entertainment landscape these days. That’s the reason. If you liked Season 1, then you’ll like Season 2. We pick up right where we left off and we’re not holding any punches or playing games this season. This is a no-holds-bar season and honestly there’s one point this season — no lie — when people see it happen, everyone watching will go “holy s—, I can’t believe they just did this to us! That was real! I didn’t even know they were going there.” And I think those are the types of issues we deal with, some of them we deal in a kitschy way, poking fun of them to an extant and others we deal with the reality of the situation for instance, the intense dramatic breakup between Terrence and Jelena. We’re not afraid to tackle a topic, and like I said, there will be some dicey stuff this season that will be as sexy and salacious as it was last season and this time we’ve got 12 episode instead of 10. Hopefully we’ll get 16 in Season 3.
Hit the Floor Season 2 premieres on Monday, May 26 at 9 p.m. ET on VH1. Will you be watching? Tell us in the comments below!
If you’d like to see more of Robert Christopher Riley, be sure to check out his photographic Instagram page @TheFreshPerspectiv!