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.

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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

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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Lie to Me Quotes

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.

Gillian: Do you still have that note, that I brought you? I want it for my office.
Cal: (handing over the note) You really are a pack rat.
Gillian: You could have just told me what this was for.
Cal: No. You're a terrible liar.
Gillian: Normal people think that's a good thing.