NOC Interview: Greta Lee on Joining ‘The Morning Show’

Greta Lee portrays Stella Bak in season two of the acclaimed and award-winning Apple Original drama The Morning Show. The new season will be a total of ten episodes and premiered Friday, September 17 on Apple TV+ with the first episode. New episodes are released weekly, every Friday.

Picking up after the explosive events of season one, season two finds The Morning Show team emerging from the wreckage of Alex (Aniston) and Bradley’s (Witherspoon) actions, to a new UBA and a world in flux, where identity is everything and the chasm between who we present as and who we really are comes into play.

I spoke with the actress about joining the hit series, the character of Stella, which dynamic she’s most excited for fans to see, what she learned from The Morning Show, and much more! Keep reading to find out what she told me.

First off, I want to ask you how it felt to join the show in this new season? Were you a fan beforehand?
Greta Lee: Yes, I was huge fan beforehand, I was a huge fan of every single person on the show. I was so excited, terrified, like “Oh my god, oh my god,” and also tasked with playing a character who did not feel that way. So it made for a very fun and interesting challenge to really sit on how excited I was, to like play it cool and act like I didn’t care that I was getting to work with Jen, Reese, Billy, Mark, Nestor, Karen — I mean all these guys are so great.

Can you give your own little introduction to Stella? How would you describe her?
Yeah, Stella is the youngest and first female president of the news division in UBA’s history. So it’s kind of a big deal. Yeah, and she previously comes from an online media company that mostly catered to millennial and Gen Z audiences. So she’s bringing in that perspective to UBA and trying to implement her vision of a better workplace and a more up to date, more diverse, less toxic, and yeah, she’s like a self proclaimed change maker.

Is there something specific that really attracted you to this character?
Well, I loved how much I was gonna get to do with Billy. I thought that he was so phenomenal in the first season and I think I, in some sick way, was attracted to this really scary challenge of like, how will I be able to go toe to toe with him? And on some level, realizing like, “Oh my gosh, Stella is the manifestation of Cory.” She basically is the younger, more underestimated, Asian American Cory Ellison. Just trying to own my discomfort and fear, getting to tackle how to portray a young woman like her in a position of power, I thought there’s just so much to bring to that.

Fans love seeing new dynamics on their screen, whether that’s a friendship or a relationship. Which dynamic are you most excited for the fans to see this season?
Yeah, I mean, I think Billy and I got to do some really fun stuff. It’s so great to show like what that kind of workplace relationship can be. There are times when we really hate each other, there are times when they really enjoy and need each other, and learn from each other in this like mentorship kind of role that kicks in a little bit later. So yeah, I think that but also all of Stella’s stuff with Alex Levy is pretty great. I mean, when they first meet and like Stella is just so lacking in her awareness in how she’s coming across and just like does not give a flying hoot about Alex Levy, that was pretty fun too.

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Did you learn any specific lessons while doing this project that you’re going to carry with you as an actor going forward?
Oh my god, so many things! I mean, I think like this show is its own kind of animal and I’ve been saying that it’s like an athletic event. Doing this show, the stamina that’s required, the language, the dialogue that’s written by the brilliant Kerry Ehrin, in order to honor it and to do it justice, it just requires like a different kind of… I don’t know, it feels like sports. It feels like my internal metronome is knocked up like 10 notches, it’s fast and exciting, and it feels very sink or swim, but in this very exciting way.

What are you most excited for fans to see from season two? What do you think is either going to really shock them or make them love the show all over again?
I mean, I don’t know, so much happens in this season. I can’t think of a show quite like The Morning Show, just in terms of how much story can be told within the parameters of 10 episodes. I mean, the performances are just super and unreal. If people loved the first season, I think they’re really going to be pleased about the second season.

How are you feeling about putting your work and this character out there?
I’m just so excited for everyone to see the show. I mean, I really am, like I genuinely think that it’s so good. I’m excited for people to meet Stella and I’m dying to see what audiences like about her and maybe don’t like about her, I think is also equally as exciting for me at least.

If you could create either a tagline or a phrase to describe Stella as a character or season two, what would you pick?
I mean, I guess it’s like: take no prisoners.

Lastly, how do you feel about the series being a weekly release rather than a binge? What do you think it’s going to add to the viewing experience for everyone?
There’s so many surprises that are in this season. There are whole episodes that are just surprises in themselves, like just the way that it’s set up structurally. I mean, yeah, the anticipation — I think it’s great how intense it will be to have to wait every week.