Alex Newell Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 2 Interview


We fell in love with first Zoey’s extraordinary playlist for its flashy performances and complex relationships, but now the show adds another layer with its compelling storylines. While the show is a musical at its core, it is also rooted in a lot of sadness and loss. Following the death of Zoey’s father in the season one finale, the series has not shied away from addressing issues that have arrived near home for many fans. For one of the stars of the show, Alex Newell, who plays Mo, that’s exactly one of the reasons Zoey’s extraordinary playlist is unlike any other music show out there. “There’s so much heart to lose,” Newell told POPSUGAR. “I think that’s the biggest part for me. We use loss, something that everyone can connect to and understand through music, and what it’s like when a song really connects people through that loss.”

In addition to exploring grief, the show also addresses racism in the workplace in the mid-season finale, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Reckoning”. It was a really important story for Newell. “It’s one of those things I always say that you have to tell a story that is uncomfortable in every way because it’s something that someone goes through and that someone will resonate with,” Newell noted. “It’s something that’s true about who we are and what we’re made of. Right now that racing is such a hot topic right now. Filming that was just like ‘Finally!’ And as we did it, we didn’t shy away from actually telling it how it was. ”

Newell added that the episode was a real process of working with the writers and stars to make sure the story was authentic. “If you’re not black and you don’t have to go through this, you have to listen and listen,” Newell said. “I’m so happy that Zora [Bikangaga]who is black, he’s a black man, could keep up with the tone of the show and his own experience with all of this. ”


Another aspect of the show that Newell really resonated with is playing Mo. “It’s a version of me, and that’s my favorite part about the role in general,” Newell said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to see on TV. I’ve never seen myself on TV. I know there are a lot of people like me who don’t see themselves on TV.”

“You don’t have to adjust to anything other than who you are.”

When Newell Mo plays on-screen, he hopes the character can inspire others to be their authentic selves too. “It’s okay to be yourself. It’s your expression. How you want to live your life is unique to you, and people will come to you because they adore you and want to be around you,” Newell said . “You don’t have to adjust to anything but yourself and be honest with yourself.”

While Mo has plenty in store this season, including a potential new love interest, Newell is already looking ahead. If the show is renewed for a third season, Newell hopes we can learn more about Mo’s family. “I’d really like to see more about where this love interest is going in this relationship, but also some family things. We talk like that about Mo’s family and how the family was the brand and shape of who Mo is. So I want to I want to see a sister or a brother or a mother or a father who show us where this person really came from. ”Besides, Newell wouldn’t mind playing a Beyoncé song or two. “Right now, I was just saying something to Beyoncé because I’m obsessed with Beyoncé.”



Robert Dunfee