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Manny Montana Talks About What Makes Good Girls So Relatable

"Good Girls" is one of those shows where the stakes get higher with each passing episode. When suburban moms Beth Boland (Christina Hendricks), Ruby Hill (Retta), and Annie Marks (Mae Whitman) decide to rob a bank in a desperate cash grab, they never expected that their petty supermarket heist would lead to a life of money laundering and gang activity. As the women's white lies spin out of control, the consequences of their crimes slowly bleed into their home lives, forcing the characters to make cutthroat decisions about their priorities. The narrative does a great job of unpacking each character's motivations, exploring their willingness to blur right from wrong.

Besides the leading ladies, the series features an array of national treasures. Throughout the series, Beth, Ruby, and Annie are at odds with Rio, a savvy criminal who backs the women into a corner after they unwittingly uncover his operation. Played by actor Manny Montana, Rio is portrayed as a complex character with ambiguous morals. Even as he pressures the women to commit fraud, he forms an unexpected bond with Beth as she embraces her dark side. In a recent interview, Montana elaborated on why he thinks the narrative's ability to shift between a crime thriller and a family drama has struck a chord with viewers.

Good Girls allows viewers to examine their own morals

As Beth, Annie, and Ruby navigate relationships and parenthood, Rio is an anchor to the criminal underworld. However, even he has secrets. He's also leading a double life, occasionally going by the name Christopher as he tries to keep his son in the dark about the true nature of his work. Rio can be ruthless, but he's also charming in a way that's both terrifying and alluring. When the heroines contemplate cutting their losses and returning to their old lives, Rio always manages to keep them on the hook. According to Manny Montana, this duality makes the story so interesting.

"We have so much diversity, we have something for everyone, but the main thing is I feel like we're so relatable because it puts you in the position of what you would do in that situation," Montana explained to an interviewer on The Must Watch Show. "Everybody's had their back against a wall, and you find a way out of it, whether you're doing it for family, whether you're doing it to get ahead at work, whether you're doing it for a friend, whether you're doing it for a good or bad reason."

Watching the characters make bad choices for the right reasons is one of the most gripping aspects of the show. Although "Good Girls" won't be getting a Season 5, Montana's performance as Rio encapsulates the dichotomy at the heart of the series.