Marjan can’t really leave 9-1-1: Lone Star… correct?
we have seen 9-1-1 First responders disappeared into the distance before. (Thank you for your service, Liv Tyler. where exactly Lucy Donato by Arielle Kebbel? ) but Natacha Karam played Marjan under her helmet for three full seasons, a fan favorite since episode 1.
Still, when Marjan ignites her career and rides Captain Strand’s (Rob Lowe) at the end of the motorcycle Tuesday’s Fox episodes. Obviously, filming the episode felt enduring as well.
“It was heavy. It was a heavy scene,” Karam told EW of Marjan saying goodbye to her fellow firefighters. “There was a lot of sadness in the room. No one saw the next script, so even as actors we didn’t know. It was like, ‘Okay. Okay, when am I going to work with all of you as characters again? It’s Very sad.”
Kevin Estrada/Fox Natacha Karam on ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’
As the episode airs, we ask Karam to reflect on Marjan’s decision to reject the demands made on her by Austin Fire Department management, and when (or if!) we’ll see her again on the show.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: With her job online, what makes Marjan stick to her guns instead of touting the bad couple’s GoFundMe on her social media?
Natacha Karam: I believe that when we offend someone, our first response should not be to defend, deflect, or retaliate. It should be, “Oh my God. I’m sorry for hurting and offending you. Let me know how I can do better.” You can’t tell someone they’re not offended by something. This is their reality. They are offended. Then it gives you the opportunity to take responsibility, grow, and get better. And Marjan is willing to say sorry. But they don’t want a sincere apology. They wanted to take advantage of the five million people who followed her—people she felt it was her duty to protect.
No middle ground?
Well, any part of her is like, “Oh, we might be able to find a creative solution. Let’s see if we can come to some kind of compromise,” calmed down by what’s going on in the field that she can’t follow intuition.
When she tries to save a man from a fire, she second-guesses herself. Those extra seconds she spends could put everyone’s life in danger. So the feeling that maybe she could figure out a way to stay was gone pretty quickly. She said, “I can’t do this job if I’m going to freeze on set. I’m really not allowed to be here unless I start satisfying the couple. And I can’t do those things and go to bed. Go to sleep and be nice to yourself at night, so I have to go.” She felt cornered and there was absolutely no way she would stay in line with her ethics and integrity.
What was it like filming that farewell scene?
It’s sad because everyone knows she most wants to be a 126 firefighter, but now she doesn’t think she can. There was a feeling of paralysis inside her. Everyone is looking at it and knows there’s nothing they can do about it. I think everyone was very helpless watching her drive away, no one knew what was going to happen next.
She did mention that she would be at TK and Carlos’ wedding.
Yes, but now, standing in that room in that firehouse saying goodbye, no one knows when they’ll see her again. The idea of the wedding was like, “Yeah. Yeah. Of course, all my friendships and relationships will stick. It’s just the professional element of it.” Of course, I’m still going to my friend’s wedding. Of course, I still show up and FaceTime on my birthday. But I won’t be here as a fireman again. This is the part that will be different.
So… what happens next?
Marjan isn’t coming back to start working at the firehouse anytime soon. That’s not the arc of the season. she left. She is out of shape. She is alone. She sets out on her own adventure, and audiences will start following her — but not right away.
This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.
9-1-1: Lone Star Airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
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