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TV Fanatic Talk: An Interview with Lie to Me Star Monica Raymund

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Monica Raymund is a key player on Lie to Me.

In the interview below, the actress - who plays Ria Torres on the Fox drama - speaks exclusively to TV Fanatic about her character, the show and what lies ahead...

How do you feel about the writers giving Ria a younger sister, given how independent she has been?
I really love it. It's a nice way to reveal more about Ria's character and challenge her in a way we haven't seen.

If you were asked to create/describe a romantic interest for Ria, what would it be?
Ha! How about someone like Johnny Depp? Can we make that happen? In all seriousness, I'd have to describe a mysterious romantic interest who holds the cards close to his chest but when he opens up, he's loyal for life. Ria is a bit cautious of men given her history, so it'd have to be a guy who would challenge her lie detection skills and someone she could trust.

Monica Raymund Picture

Would you like to see Ria become the mentor of a new recruit at the Lightman Group?
Sure! I think it'd be fun to take someone under my wing. Good idea!

Where would you like to see the writers take Ria on season three?
I'd love to see Ria have some more interaction with Foster and newcomer Monique Curnen. Let's get some female power up in the Lightman House! Could you imagine Cal Lightman butting heads with 3 strong women in one scene? Talk about drama! 

Any spoilers in general you can give away about the rest of the season?
We are gonna get grittier, dirtier, and all around saucier. We'll be in the street more and dealing with some crazy cases. Might be a big family fight at the Lightman Group that we'll have to resolve.

Any other projects you're working on?
Since residing in LA, I've started a theater company with some friends called The Mechanicals Theatre Group. We are a non-profit company dedicated to new and current work that speaks to our generation. For more info check us out at mechanicalstheatregroup.com

I'm also in the middle of training for the Malibu Triathlon this fall - I'm sore, but i'm having a blast!

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Fantastic show but Season 3 ended all too soon. What's the scoop on Season 4? Fingers crossed. Lightman is a bloody genius and it's nice to see Tim Roth playing an Englishman from time to time. Shame about West Ham though.

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she is beautiful and she's jewish. I can bring her home to mom.

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I just heard about this show last week and have been watching episodes round the clock ever since! Am now up to Season Two, Episode 4... Then my friend told me the show is being cancelled! NO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! This is the best show I've seen in ages. FOX ARE YOU LISTENING? Monica Raymond is my favorite character, which says a lot given the talent she is playing with in this show. She's a great new talent and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future. Shari in San Francisco ^i^

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Lie to me is one hell of a stormbreaker! So original!

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I JUST LIKE MONICA AND I CAN WAIT TO MEET HER I AM DIENG TO SEE HER I LIKE EVERYTHING ABOUT HER SHE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB WAITING FOR SEASON 3 .... LOVE YOU MONICA!!!!!!!!!!!

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Great show! From since it began, episode 1, it impressed me up to this day. I would love to see Emily start picking up more and more tricks from her dad and actually employing them. That would be great. Other than that - Monica Raymund is gorgeous and her character development has been wonderful. I could actually notice the maturity in her work. I love the attitude Cal has - just enough of an obnoxious person to keep my attention. Good stuff!

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What is Monica's nationality?

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I love the interview, she's without a doubt my favorite female character on the show next to the young woman who plays Emily. I think I'd actually really love a love interest story between Cal and Ria, though it might not be long term - I'd love to see what they'd do with it. Gillian and Cal are set in the books, it's like fated as such - but I hope they don't go down that avenue too soon.

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I LOVE "Lie to Me" ... Perhaps they could ask Jonny Lang to do his version of the tune "Lie to Me" :)

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Who actually says "saucier"? I mean, what...? Are you like 85 years old??

Lie to Me Quotes

Martin Walker: A good chess player thinks five moves ahead.
Cal Lightman: Great chess players only think one move ahead, but it's always the right move.

Weil: You haven't done enough muck-raking for one day?
Ria: Sir. We don't think you were doing anything sexual at that club, because, I believe this escort, Melissa, who you paid for time with-
Weil: What about her?
Ria: She's your daughter.