UnREAL is about a lot of different things, but above all else, it’s a story about relationships and the many various ways they can go horribly wrong — due to manipulation, lying, and everything in-between. And while dating, in general, can be hard, UnREAL more than proved throughout Season 1 that dating your co-workers can be downright disastrous. So if you’ve decided to journey down that dangerous road of mixing business with pleasure, here are a few tell-tale warning signs, courtesy of UnREAL, that it may be time to call it quits.
You Find Yourself Using Them to Get Ahead
Though Rachel (Shiri Appleby) never intentionally set out to use Jeremy (Josh Kelly) or Adam (Freddie Stroma) like pieces on a chess board, their proximity to her drama-filled work environment made the lure of manipulating them to get ahead a lot more tempting than it would’ve been if they were far removed from her job. So if you find yourself facing a similar dilemma, you may want to think about taking a step back to reassess your priorities… for everyone’s sake.
You Realize They Are Using You to Get Ahead
The accusation can go both ways. Much like how Rachel used Adam in different ways to facilitate drama among the contestants (sometimes even making up what he was saying about them), Adam, in turn, had moments when he used Rachel and the show itself to better his own career ambitions. But whether you’re the manipulator or the manipulated, this type of dynamic is toxic and will only lead to no good.
You Find Yourself Constantly Distracted By Thoughts of Said Person
Sure, finding a love interest at work can be exciting, especially since it has an air of forbiddance about it. But all play and no work makes you a member of the unemployed. Don’t let your raging hormones make you lose sight of the other important elements of your life. Rachel almost did when she tried to run away with Adam. But would it have truly made her happy?
You Realize Your Feelings Are Clouding Your Judgment
It was established early on in the season that Quinn (Constance Zimmer) was the brains behind Everlasting, and yet somehow Chet (Craig Bierko) was the creator who constantly got all of the credit. Given Quinn’s strong and domineering personality, it seems odd that she would allow anyone to get away with something like that, right? That’s because she was blinded by her feelings and was only doing what was best for him, not herself. If you find yourself in a similar situation, run for the hills and never look back.
Your Life Begins to Mirror a Dating Competition
You’ve heard of art imitating life, but in Rachel’s case, life began to imitate art. When there’s more drama going on in your love life than that of the contestants you’re purposefully influencing, then you know something’s not right. Change tactics ASAP!
UnREAL Season 2 premieres on June 6 at 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
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