By Maria Elena Fernandez, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Violet has just moved into the building when she discovers Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton, from the cast of the original “Melrose Place”) floating dead in the pool. Violet becomes a bartender at Coal.
“She’s a little off,” Simpson-Wentz said. “She’s got a dark side. She grew up with a foster family and never knew love and family, so people have just come in and out of her life. She just wants to be accepted and loved.”
Auggie is a sous chef and recovering alcoholic who met Sydney at an A.A. meeting; they had an affair that ended when she began drinking again.
“He had an epiphany in his life where something happened to him, someone very close to him died, and he was responsible for it,” Egglesfield said. “So he goes to A.A. and battles those demons.” (The CW)
Riley is a first-grade teacher who moves to Los Angeles with her boyfriend, Jonah Miller, and gets engaged but has second thoughts about marrying him.
“Riley’s only 24 and she hasn’t dated a lot of people, so her thought process is, ‘How do I know this is it?’ ” Lucas said. “There’s a little bit of a love triangle between her and Jonah and another character and the guilt of that.” (The CW)
Ella is a stop-at-nothing publicist and diva who looked up to Sydney as a mentor until a betrayal came between them.
“She’s the comic relief of the show,” Cassidy said. “She’s bossy. ... She’s outspoken. She’s crass. She’s very blunt, but then there’s a part of her that comes deep down from a complete lack of love.” (The CW)
Jonah moves to Los Angeles to become a filmmaker and serves as the moral compass of the apartment complex.
“He sets the bar high for himself with moral standards and integrity in his life,” Rady said. “And watching him battle with that can be comical at times. He thinks of himself as cut and dried, but sometimes he gets caught in the gray area.” (The CW)
The illegitimate son of Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro), David moved in with his father when he was 13. Now estranged from his father, David becomes a high-end thief to maintain his lavish lifestyle and keep up appearances. He had an affair with Sydney and saw her the night she died.
“David really intrigues me because he’s able to do the things that any mischievous boy or person would like to do,” Sipos said. “He’s a bit of a Thomas Crown. He’s troubled. He wants to be close to his father and there’s a wonderful game of cat and mouse between the two of them.” (The CW)
Lauren is a medical student with big financial problems who turns to the world’s oldest profession to pay her tuition. She lives with Ella.
“She’s an extreme dichotomy,” Jacobsen said. “On the one hand, she’s everything that pertains to one color and on the other, she’s everything that pertains to the other. She’s diligent, intellectual and pragmatic, and she almost has to conquer herself to remain on the path toward her goal.”