EXCLUSIVE: Rami Malek and the 'Mr. Robot' Cast Spills Secrets on Season Two: 'Everyone Brings Their A-Game'
By Alex Ungerman
If the cast's take is any indication, season two of Mr. Robot isn't slowing down one bit.
The stars of the breakout USA drama, including Rami Malek, who just earned an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, talked to ET's Kevin Frazier at San Diego Comic-Con about what's in store for fsociety in the second season, which premiered this month.
"In my opinion, this season is better than season one," says Carly Chaikin, who plays Malek's associate in the bleak techie series. "We get a lot of questions from season two answered. It leaves you with a thousand more."
"Everything this season is just elevated and goes in so many different directions," she added. "I’m so excited."
Joining the cast as a series regular is American Horror Story alum, Grace Gummer, who plays an FBI field agent in charge of investigating Elliot's (Malek) attack on Evil Corp.
Gummer says that coming on the show has been "so complex and layered in ways I would have never expected."
"I’m surprising myself every day at work. I love it."
Of course, there's a lot of love going around for Mr. Robot down in San Diego, which was not lost on the ensemble stars, who marveled at the fandom and critical acclaim the show has received, including six Emmy nominations this year.
"Our show did really well that day," said Malek, in reference to last week's nomination announcement. "It really displays everybody's effort on the show -- from the cinematography, to our sound, casting, so many things will were recognized.
"It's a confluence of a lot of great artists coming together and making a great show," Malek continued.
"We all flipped out. We went nuts," Malek's co-star, Christian Slater, added. "And just so happy for Sam [Esmail, series creator]. It's more than we could have imagined."
"Everyone's really passionate and everyone brings their A-game," seconded Portia Doubleday, whose own character finds herself deep within the Evil Corp. ranks in the season two premiere. "It's such a feeling of accomplishment."
Now, we asked the cast how much of the actual high-level coding that happens on the show, and they admitted that IRL, they are, sadly, not super-hackers.
"I don’t understand any of it," Doubleday revealed. “But we’re lucky in that we have people that do around us."
She adds, "we have people that help us along the way, and it’s in real time, which is really awesome, because they don’t substitute it in later."